In one of the first useful upgrades in this ever lasting stream of almost identical Android handhelds, Yinlips and JXD have both announced new players sporting capacitive screens. Lots of people have been including this in their wishlist for “the perfect Android handheld” so there should be a few smiling faces upon hearing this news.
First up is the JXD S5110, another PS Vita shelled device with a 5″ 800×480 capacitive screen supporting 3 point multitouch. The internals of the S5110 are based on the AMLogic 8726, which looks to be the same (or a very similar) configuration as in the JXD S601. It is comprised of a Cortex A9, Mali400 and 512MB DDR3 RAM. The JXD website makes one claim that the device is the first ever handheld running Android 4.0, but later on appears to contradict itself by admitting that the device runs 2.3. Reading between the lines I would assume that the ICS upgrade is due and can be flashed at home once it’s released.
Yinlips decided to stick with the Boxchip A10 for their capacitive bundle of joy, which can also be found in their YDPG16 and YDPG18. The name of their new device? YDPG18A, of course. I believe the SoC is slightly more capable than JXD’s choice, but until now many of their handhelds have suffered from slight audio lag in some emulators, so you wouldn’t be daft to assume the same problem might persist here too. Yinlips went for a 5 point multi touch 5″ screen and once again, the machine ships with 2.3 and can be updated “later” according to the info on willgoo. Yinlips renders aren’t quite as fancy as JXD’s – but you get the idea, all these things look pretty much identical anyway.
So, capacitive screens – check. Still waiting for a real analog pad (2 would be nice, but let’s not go mental now) and a kernel source (and a developer willing to optimize it). So for now let’s just sit tight and see what’s announced for next week.
The JXD S5110 is now also available at Willgoo for the princely sum of $99.99. Almost $50 cheaper than Yinlips offering, and shipping with 4.0 too by the looks of it.