The recent Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas was the perfect venue for Huawei to unveil its first ever gaming console. The Chinese technology firm has formally entered the gaming console war through its Android-based mini-game console.
As expected, the main attraction of the new product would have to be its price tag. The company intends to release ‘Tron’ sometime in May. It would possibly be sold for about $120, maybe even cheaper. As expected, it would primarily aim at the emerging markets.
The mini-console is set to be available only in China for a certain period. But it is expected to be released in other countries and hopefully in the US after some time.
Upside and downside
The very low price tag would be a main selling point. But aside from that, the new product would have another strong selling feature. It would be distinct because it could play several games that are currently available on various platforms like PC, NDS, and PlayStation 3.
How about the downside? As mentioned, its availability would be somehow limited in the foreseeable future. Of course, no one can expect that it would be comparable to the likes of the Xbox and the PlayStations, but at least, it could be a good low-cost alternative.
Sources claim that Huawei’s Tron could have possibly been in the pipeline for quite some time now. That is because China has just recently lifted its national ban on gaming consoles. Huawei must have been waiting too long already for this moment so it could finally launch its new product.
The cheap console comes with Nvidia’s Tegra 4 processor along with 2GB of memory (with the option for internal storage expansion of up to 16GB or 32GB). The console could also establish connection to a typical TV set through HDMI. Navigating the action onscreen is possible using the accompanying controller that comes with a circular touchpad.
Tron is operated by Google Inc’s Android 4.2.3 operating system. It also supports Bluetooth 3.0 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi for connectivity. There is even a full-sized USB 3.0 port. And of course, not to be missed is the standard audio output jack (3.5mm) for common headphones.
The console adopts a cylindrical shape, though. Tron would initially be available in white or black. That is why some market observers could not help comparing its appearance to Huawei’s own Memo router.
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