NVIDIA’s Shield isn’t the only handheld gaming device powered by Android. Chinese device maker JXD has been making Android gaming tablets for a few years, and the company’s latest is the most powerful yet — and it sells for just over half the price of an NVIDIA Shield.
There are two versions of the new JXD S7800 tablet, but both feature 7 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel IPS displays, quad-core processors, and designs that look a lot like a PlayStation portable. Neither is quite as powerful as the NVIDIA Shield, which packs a Tegra 4 ARM Cortex-A15 quad-core processor, but with prices running around $160 to $170, that’s not a huge surprise.
JXD’s top-of-the-line model features a Rockchip RK3188 ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and a 5000mAh battery.
It runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, sports stereo speakers, front and rear cameras, HDMI output, and a series of buttons on the sides and edges of the tablet which you can use to play games.
Many Android games are designed for touchscreen controls — and you can us the 7 inch touchscreen to play if you’d like. But for games that support physical controls, you can use the D-pad, analog sticks, shoulder buttons, and other controls.
JXD also points out that the tablet can run a series of emulators that let you play classic games for the PS1, Gameboy, and other consoles.
Retailer WillGoo is taking pre-orders for the JXD S7800B for $170.
If you want to save a few bucks, JXD also offers a model with a 1 GHz Allwinner A31 ARM Cortex-A7 quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM.
The rest of the specs are pretty much the same as those for the Rockchip model. I’m not really sure why you’d bother buying this model, considering it’s only $10 less.
WillGoo is taking pre-orders for $160.
Both JXD S7800 gaming tablets are expected to ship in late August or early September.
Why bother buying the S7800 model? because it can also be use as a smartphone!
Similar game tablet SANEMAX CF707,more functional,support 3G SIM and bluetooth!
Apparently you can’t sync or transfer files with anything other than a Windows system, is this true?
on MacOS you need to install Google’s Android File Transfer app. All Android devices are recognized as MTP devices since Android 4.0 and this app lets MacOS access MTP devices.
I used the Android File Transfer App, like all my other Android devices. But the Device does create an Image on your Desktop.
My S7300 was also a failure. I keep trying new community supported firmwares but it crashes like crazy. I get the feeling JXD chooses substandard parts or has poor software engineers building their firmware. Willgoo should stop selling their products.
Tegra 4 in a lot less clunky shape than Nvidia’s Shield…
Not that I’m going to buy it. Better to wait for the high resolution version of the Oculus Rift, and see what portable platform that works best on.
Will these have game mapping software to map touch controls to the physical controls?
My understanding is that the PowerVR SGX544 GPU on the JXD S7800B provides better gaming performance than the ARM Mali400 GPU on the JXD S7800A, I’d still pick the JXD S7800A for the extra RAM, but it may be a factor in choosing
I think you have that the wrong way around. But I get what you mean.
The S7800B has the Mail
thanks, how they are introduced in the article had me confused
The mali400 is clock at 533 mhz. But at this resolution, I don’t think you will have problem running any games with either soc.
hopefully build quality is better this round.
My S7300 didn’t last three months.
IMO from past experience it is a better value to run a a better speced standard tablet with a BT controller.
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