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.

JXD S5800

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
  • GPS
  • 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

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7 replies on “JXD S5800 handheld Android game console coming soon”

  1. I have the jxd s7300b and after getting some custom FW on it I’m actually quite satisfied with the device. D-pad and buttons are good for retro gaming, analog sliders are a bit hit or miss but good enough for old playstation jrpgs and then some. And I will be getting this one too probably.

  2. JXD your past goods are junk! i return to you and you sent me the same broken pos system. Then waste another $35 on shipping it back to you. Never more!

  3. Actually the MTK6582 supports bluetooth too so another gamepad could be used.
    I hope Mediatek improved A LOT its GPS, all the smartphone I had with a MTK had a terrible GPS.

  4. I’d love something along these lines for 8-bit and 16-bit emulators… but nothing seems to have decent build quality or battery life. I wish that one of the major manufacturers would see a need for a device like this… or that Archos would step up with their build and performance qualities.

  5. I’m biased after the bad experience I had with the s7300 but the main problems with these units is dodgy hardware quality (right/left analog stick issues), dodgy Android builds with no hope of updates and impotantly lack of a cohesive and effective way to map gaming controls to the units physical buttons.
    It all ads up to a compromise of compromises that I now avoid by simply using good Android devices with a bluetooth controller.
    Quad core tablets with much better specs can be found at this price point.

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