There's a fine line to be walked when we're talking about the benefits and drawbacks of mobile gaming. On one hand, going mobile means you've got the potential to play games wherever you are. On the other, many gamers have problems with touchscreen controls, which are widely regarded as a poor substitute for a mouse and keyboard or a controller. The JXD S5800 looks to solve that dilemma by offering dedicated controls alongside a fully functioning Android device, and according to French site Open Console News, its release is apparently impending.
Liliputing took things one step further and found a Willgoo store listing for the device, which gives away many of the S5800's specifications. For starters, the phone comes equipped with a MTK6582 ARM Cortex-A7 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, and 3G capabilities. Perhaps most notable is the 5-inch screen, which clocks in at 960×540 resolution. With dedicated controls on either side of the screen, this device should be closer to tablet-sized, so expect a relatively beefy phone if you choose to pick up a S5800.
Not only that, but we wonder if 960×540 resolution is appropriate for a 5-inch screen on a device that's targeting gamers. Sub-HD resolution may be considered a significant drawback for those who want a mobile gaming device, so the S5800 could fail to gain a foothold among its target audience. We also don't have any clear information on when this device will launch – the listing on Willgoo implies that it'll be releasing soon, but "soon" can mean a lot of things when were talking about release dates.
In any case, the S5800 will also be running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean when it does eventually launch. Those dedicated controls do look make the S5800 look like a solid gaming device, but the tradeoff is that they make it look like an awkward phone (not to mention that they probably make it difficult to use). Would you ever considering buying a phone with dedicated controls for gaming? Do you think there will be a market for a device like the S5800? Head down to the comments section and speak your mind!