Snail Games, the company behind the popular action/rpg dungeon crawler Taichi Panda, announced back at CES 2015 in January a new Android console called the OBox as well as a smartphone aimed at gamers called the W3D. The W3D smartphone takes the shape of a handheld portable console like the PS Vita, and has a slightly longer-looking display to fit the profile of a handheld/smartphone mashup with dual joysticks, a d-pad and dedicated buttons for game actions all on the face as well as dual left and right bumpers up on the top edge. The screen itself is 5.5-inches and carries a full HD 1080p resolution, but it also allows for some three-dimensional visuals without the need for a pair of 3D glasses, thus enhancing its appeal to gamers on-the-go, and it’s now available for pre-orders via Amazon.
That’s good news for anyone who might have been interested in the W3D, and the better news is that it is fully unlocked and supports both CDMA and GSM networks so it’s possible to use it with any network here in the U.S. It also supports 4G LTE meaning it can pick up on the faster data speeds and more reliable network, and it’s dual SIM compatible so it’s travel ready. It’s got an octa-core processor on the inside along with 2GB of RAM, with 16GB of memory and a microSD card slot for expandable storage up to 64GB.
As far as the battery, it boasts a 4200mAh capacity so it should be capable of longer gaming sessions with ease and should have no trouble lasting throughout the day. It also holds two cameras, one on the front at 5MP for selfies and video chat, and a 13MP rear camera for all your main pictures and video capture. It’s listed as coming with Android 4.4 KitKat on board but hopefully it’ll ship with Android 5.0 Lollipop when it launches. The W3D is set at a fairly modest $399 price tag which isn’t bad for the specs and capabilities, and it’s set to launch and ship on or by December 31st although you can place your pre-orders now via Amazon.