There’s a channel on YouTube called TigerPlay TV and they’ve been teasing videos of a new handheld called the ZPG over the past couple of weeks. The ZPG (or Z-Pocket Game) looks to be running a customised version of Android and rumours suggest it’ll contain an 800 series SnapDragon processor too.
If true, this will be the first time we’ve had an Android handheld from China using a Qualcomm processor. The device bucks the trend from recent Android offerings by doing away with the clamshell design in favour of a very wide screen with controllers tacked on either edge.
Interestingly, all of the controls on the face of the device look to be identical to those found on the Playstation Vita. Whether this will carry through to production or not, who knows!?
Although there’s a listing for this handheld currently on TaoBao, the unit is not currently available for shipping. I believe they were selling some pre-production units and now the listing is a pre-order.
It looks like this one will cost somewhere between $120 and $150 shipped, if it ever makes it to global stores. I’ll be keeping my eyes open for it.