Plenty of folks use Android phones and tablets to play games, among other things — but for the past few years Hong Kong device maker JXD has been offering a line of Android devices designed first and foremost for gaming.
These devices look more like PlayStation Portable devices than tablets, complete with gaming buttons to the sides of the screen and shoulder buttons on the sides of the tablet.
The company’s latest model sports a 5 inch screen and a quad-core processor, and you can even use it as a phone if you’d like. According to retailer Willgoo, the JXD S5800 game phone will be available soon.
Soon is a relative term — we first heard about the JXD S5800 way back in March. But it looks like the hardware has been finalized since then. Here’s what to expect:
- 5 inch, 960 x 540 pixel IPS display
- Capacitive touch panel with 5-point multitouch
- MTK6582 ARM Cortex-A7 quad-core processor
- 1GB of RAM
- 8GB of built-in storage
- microSD card slot for up to 32GB of additional space
- Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
- 2G and 3G GSM and WCDMA cellular connectivity (don’t expect 3G in all regions though)
- 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0
- 3000mAh battery
- 5MP rear camera and 0.3MP front-facing camera
The JXD S5800 also officially supports 16 game system emulators, allowing you to play games for PlayStation 1, PSP, Nintendo 64, MAME, GameBoy Advance, and other classic game consoles. Since those games are designed for use with physical controls rather than touchscreen gestures, you shouldn’t have to spend time using button mapping software in order to actually use the gaming phone’s signature features: the game buttons.
This isn’t the first device of its type we’ve seen – I’ve got Much i5 gaming phone that GeekBuying sent me a while back sitting on my desk, but I haven’t had much time to test it. I can report that when you use an AT&T or Straight Talk SIM card it only supports 2G network connections in the United States.
via Open Consoles