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JXD Releases 7-inch Tablet With Gaming Controls

By - Source: The Verge | B 12 comments

This new 7-inch tablet looks like the Wii U controller and sports Sony's PlayStation controller setup.

If JinXing Digital's (JXD) new tablet looks familiar, it's probably because the company is known for "borrowing" design ideas from popular gaming devices. In this instance, the $140 JXD S7100 looks similar to the upcoming Wii U's own tablet-like controller while sporting the directional pad and Triangle/Circle/Cross/Square button layout yanked straight from a PlayStation device. It even comes packed with a built-in emulator so that gamers can play ROMs including Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64, Metal Slug and more.

On the hardware front, the tablet has a 7-inch 800 x 480 touchscreen that supports up to five inputs, 512 MB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, 1080p HDMI output, a front-facing 0.3MP camera and a rear-facing 2MP camera. There's also a USB 2.0 port, 802.11 b/g/n connectivity, and Android 2.2 "Froyo" backed by a dual-core ARM Coretex-A9 CPU paired with a Mali 400 graphics core. Users are promised up to 4 hours of internet surfing and up to 10 hours of music playback, and multi-language menu support means it's not locked to one specific territory. An installed map service indicates that the device also sports a GPS.

According to a promotional video, the tablet is capable of playing games developed for Apple's iOS and Android as well as ROMs developed by Nintendo, Sony, Sega and other developers. The Android-based apps will presumably be provided by JXD's own app store, and are broken up into Apps Center and Game Center categories (48 icons each) when installed locally on the device to keep the home screen clutter down to a minimal. There's no indication that the built-in ROM emulators were developed in-house, or simply pre-installed apps yanked from the Android Market.

The actual tablet interface sports a Gingerbread-like status bar and iOS-like app icons. A navigation bar hides on the left side of the screen while the typical Android 4-button navigation tab protrudes from the right edge -- if you look closely, the browser icon "borrows" the Internet Explorer logo. Moving from screen to screen looks incredibly smooth, and games like Tomb Raider for the PSOne and Super Mario 64 seem to preform just as admirably.

It will be interesting to see how long it will take for Apple, Sony, Nintendo and other game-related companies to crack down on JXD and its new tablet. Still, for $140, the gaming tablet seems almost too good to be true. Interested customers can purchase a black or white version of the device at isharegifts.com and China Grabber.

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    dimar , December 29, 2011 2:11 AM
    Well.. Even if it's not Tegra 3 with 2GB of RAM, 32GB SSD, and Super AMOLED (probably not even capacitive), this might actually be good for some classical console/MAME emulation gaming :-)
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    frozonic , December 29, 2011 2:16 AM
    dimarWell.. Even if it's not Tegra 3 with 2GB of RAM, 32GB SSD, and Super AMOLED (probably not even capacitive), this might actually be good for some classical console/MAME emulation gaming :-)

    hahahaha i was gonna say the thing, this is a good option for kids, they might not prefer it over a DS or PSP but at least they have something else to choose
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    Anonymous , December 29, 2011 2:37 AM
    Every time when I want to open my game my game wont open
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    alidan , December 29, 2011 2:53 AM
    frozonichahahaha i was gonna say the thing, this is a good option for kids, they might not prefer it over a DS or PSP but at least they have something else to choose


    actually this thing could probably emulate the ds, and if coded probably emulate the PSP

    granted I think it has a 1 GHz chip that might be wrong
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    adamboy64 , December 29, 2011 3:13 AM
    Looks like a giant, underpowered PS Vita.
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    alyoshka , December 29, 2011 3:18 AM
    The gaming market for such toys really does need a lot more players with decent graphics. Kids and grownups all over the world have been sucking at Sony or Xbox, it's like the Cola Wars.... just 2 Companies , so it's like not too many options out there , their consoles may not be that expensive but the games just keep adding upto more than all the consoles put together.
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    adamboy64 , December 29, 2011 3:44 AM
    alyoshkaThe gaming market for such toys really does need a lot more players with decent graphics. Kids and grownups all over the world have been sucking at Sony or Xbox, it's like the Cola Wars.... just 2 Companies , so it's like not too many options out there , their consoles may not be that expensive but the games just keep adding upto more than all the consoles put together.


    6-8 months time there'll be 3 options with 'decent' graphics..
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    de5_Roy , December 29, 2011 4:56 AM
    jxd rules... until apple and nintendo takes notice.... ;) 
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    9_breaker , December 29, 2011 8:42 AM
    sounds cool but i would prefer a psp 3000 since you can emulate ps2 games and its seems like it would be a lot easier to hold .
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    Yuka , December 29, 2011 12:27 PM
    de5_royjxd rules... until apple and nintendo takes notice....


    If it doesn't arrive to countries that have strict copyright policies, they won't.

    I bet this thing won't arrive to the USA anytime soon. Even if it leaves China, it won't be on every other country.

    Anyway, if it is of good quality, then using it to emulate SNES, NEOGEO, SEGA, N64 or PS1 would be very attractive.

    Cheers!
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    zak_mckraken , December 29, 2011 1:23 PM
    This thing will never make it here. At least, not with the emulators bundled and certainly not with ROMs! The hardware/price ratio is acceptable, but I have a hard time trusting China's electronic knock-offs.
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    eddieroolz , December 29, 2011 10:09 PM
    The scary thing about the Chinese is that, once they get an idea, they can reproduce something similar to it with half the cost, or more.
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