Chinese giant Huawei has unveiled a console that has the potential to revolutionise the video games industry. The Huawei TRON is an Android-powered machine that will offer an impressive list of specs for relatively little money.
Android games consoles are nothing new. Last year saw attention centred around the OUYA, PlayJam GameStick and Matcatz M.O.J.O. Whilst all received their share of attention, none managed to achieve the mainstream breakthrough the companies had been hoping for.
Given the relative impacts of the OUYA, PlayJam GameStick and Matcatz M.O.J.O., it would be easy to dismiss the Huawei TRON. But the forthcoming console’s specs do make it stand out, meaning it likely to offer a gaming experience more comparable to the PlayStation and Xbox.
Although the Huawei TRON is currently scheduled to use an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, Phandroid reports that the company is currently evaluating switching to the recently announced 192-core NVIDIA K1 processor. Such a move would mean the Huawei TRON had potentially more processing power than either the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360.
The Huawei TRON’s other specs are impressive too. The machine will offer up 2 GB RAM, 16 or 32 GB internal storage, and a microSD card slot.
By contrast, the OUYA is powered by a Tegra 3, with 1 GB RAM and 8 GB internal storage. The GameStick is even less powerful, with a 1.5 GHz Amlogic 8726-MX processor, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal storage and a microSD card slot.
No UK or wider European release date has been set for the Huawei TRON just yet. The console will launch in China during the second quarter of 2014, and the company is currently evaluating potential overseas markets.
The Huawei TRON will go on sale for 1000 Chinese yuan. Taking into account sales taxes, that translates to a price of around €145 or £120.
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