Gaming on smartphones has grown quite a bit, and thanks to Chinese gaming company Snail Games, it’s about to make a leap in a sort of big way. At CES 2015 Snail Games is showing off their brand new 3D gaming smartphone which is due to launch in China sometime this month, and hopefully we’ll see it launch later on in other regions around the globe as Snail Games states they have plans for a U.S. release as well as plans for launching this device in other regions too. The main draw of this device will likely be the eye tracking cameras that are there to provide users with a three-dimensional effect while staring straight at the screen and playing games, and while 3D gaming isn’t anything we would consider large when compared to the majority of how games are presented and played now, games in 3D(like on a 3D monitor for example)look really cool and this is something to pay attention to.
The device takes on an almost PS Vita or PSP like design so you can play games with a dedicated set of controls that include dual joysticks, a D-Pad, and a set of four buttons similar to the buttons you might find on a standard console gamepad like the Dualshock 4. The phone is powered by an octa-core processor, specifically the MediaTek MTK6595. The display is set at 5.5-inches with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels so that’s Full HD, which will definitely help since the niche here is touting this as a gaming device more than a smartphone it seems.
Internally the phone comes with only 16GB of storage but it does come with a microSD card slot which you can expand upon that storage with, alas, this won’t really help in the way of game storage too much since after Android Kit Kat you aren’t allowed to store apps or games on the SD, which will limit users to only 16GB of space for storing large games, and many high-end games today take up anywhere from 1GB-3GB in space. This is unless, Snail Games has thought of this and has incorporated a way for users to store games to the SD which would be a grand idea. It’s also got 2GB of RAM which should be more than enough for most gaming sessions on your mobile, and it also comes with WiFi, Bluetooth technology built-in and a rear facing camera as well as 4G LTE connectivity support, and it’s powered by a 4,000mAh battery so power shouldn’t be an issue here. It will be running Android 4.4 Kit Kat at launch but there was no mention of any sort of support for software updates to Lollipop just yet. There’s also no word on pricing, but we’d wager you’ll be spending at least $300 for something like this, maybe more if you were to shell out for it. Would you be interested in a smartphone that was also a dedicated gaming device?