Android gamers may be interested to learn of a new gaming console that just went on sale from Chinese consumer electronics manufacturer JXD.
The not-so-creatively named JXD S5100 Deluxe Gaming Tablet is available for $106 in white and black and in fact is NOT a Nintendo 3DS without a screen as many may be led to believe.
Considering that Android tablets hover in the $300 to $500 range, spending $106 on a new device from a relatively obscure Chinese electronics company may be what some Android gamers are looking for.
The handheld device has a 1-GHz Amlogic M3 ARM Cortex-A9 processor, a 5-inch, 800 x 480-pixel capacitive touchscreen display, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of storage space. The unit also features your standard WiFi capability, USB port, HDMI port and a front-facing camera.
Fans of emulators may have already noticed the buttons and directional pads. The JXD S5100 comes bundled with software for emulating old Nintendo games as well. I once tried playing Mario Kart 64 on my Droid Incredible. After suffering its weak performance and fumbled touch-pad controls immediately started to miss my old N64 and my behemoth cathode-ray television. I could save myself the backache and pick up JXD’s new tablet instead.
The JXD S5100 Deluxe Gaming Tablet ships with Android 2.3 installed but the company reports that an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is on the way. If you pick up this little device, let us know what you think in the comments below.