Two days ago I was scouring Baidu for new images and info on GPD’s new clamshell device, the XD, and came up short. Today however, the device has been confirmed and is scheduled to start shipping towards the end of next month.
Modelled almost down to the millimetre after the 3DS XL, this RK3288 clamshell handheld looks set to follow in the footsteps of their 2014 G5A as the go to device for budget Android gaming. It has to be said that it was the work of tincore and skelton and their custom ROMs and keymapper that really allowed the G5A to shine, so it’s with a little trepidation that I make that prediction. It doesn’t look as though they’re on board for the same level of support this time around, so it may be up to GPD to make sure they can deliver on the software front.
The XD initially comes in a 16GB variant, with a 32GB version planned for later release. It houses a five inch 720p display, 2GB of RAM and a sizeable 6000mAH cell. The RK3288 was RockChip’s flagship SoC last year, and boasts a quad core cortex A12 processor capable of up to 1.8GHz per core. With the right Android build, there is very little this bundle of joy won’t be capable of.
It’s a shame that GPD didn’t do something with that wide open space between the controls, but the machine comes with no shortage of buttons for navigation and emulation.
The device comes in grey and blue, and is available to pre-order at Willgoo for $160. It seems a little pricey to me, but if they managed to pull off decent hardware with a solid Android port then it may very well be worth the asking price.
Specs from the manufacturer:
CPU: Rockchip RK3288 Quad Core
Process: 28nm HKMG
GPU: ARM Mali T764 600MHz
GPU Memory: Shared
Power Management: Japan’s Ricoh
RAM: DDR3 SDRAM 2GB
WIFI: 802.11b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz)
OS: Android 4.4.4
Storage: Built-in 16GB. Supports 128GB Micro SD card
Screen size: H-IPS 5″ Capacitive. Resolution: 1280×720
Sensor: Gravity Sensor
Dolby sound supported
Battery: 3.8V 6000mAH 22.8Wh
Power adapter: 110V-240V
Product Size: 155x89x24mm
Color: Black or Blue
Head over to Willgoo if you want to get your pre-order in, and thanks again to Adrian for sending this in.
photos of actual unit courtesy of elotrolado.net.