The first is the JXD S7100 which surfaced online a few weeks ago. At the time I was too unimpressed to bother posting anything about it, but I’ll bundle it into this thread for those few that haven’t already seen it elsewhere. I’m assuming that JXD modelled this thing on what the Nintendo WiiU controller is supposed to look like, because otherwise I cannot fathom a reason for making a handheld so big and bizarre looking. It’s pretty much an 800×480 7″ Android 2.2 tablet with some rudimentary gaming buttons slapped onto the front. Spec lists report it as running on an ARM Cortex A9 clocked at 1Ghz (don’t hold me to it) coupled with ARM’s Mali-400 3D GPU, which is also widely used in smartphones and budget tablets. Read on for pics and videos…
There seems to be 2 versions:
There may be other factors that account for the rather large difference in price but I haven’t spotted them yet. These are both available on our beloved DX, and probably elsewhere too.
There are plenty of videos on Youtube demonstrating various N64 and PS1 games, too many to post here so instead I’ll just post the promo video from JXD.
I could have perhaps forgiven the comical non-portability of it and even its high price but unfortunately this thing doesn’t even have shoulder buttons, which rules out a huge majority of PS1, N64, GBA and SNES games. Forget it.
This second one surfaced just a couple of days ago and looks to be edging a little closer to normality. The absurd size has been done away with and thankfully some shoulder buttons have been added. It uses the same Cortex A9 and Mali 400 combination, so performance should be pretty much identical to that of the S7100 above. This time the screen resolution is reduced to 480×272 and the device comes only in a resistive variation. They’ve gone for their tried and tested PSP style case, used many times by JXD in previous and undoubtedly future handhelds. This one runs 2.3 instead of 2.2, so theoretically OnLive could be possible on it…
The two stores currently advertising it are isharegifts and etronixmart, however neither stores has actual photographs of the device so it’s likely that they don’t yet have any stock. Be aware before ordering. Once again here’s a JXD promo video. I wish they wouldn’t speed it up… it’s quite misleading!