Huawei has debuted a mini Android (4.2.3) gaming console powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 4 SoC.
The cylindrical device, which offers 1080P output via HDMI, features a controller, 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of storage, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0.
According to The Verge, the Tron console will be available for $120, although the primary market for the gaming device is likely to be China.
As the publication notes, the specs and price position the Tron directly against the Ouya Android console.
“Tron’s interface looks to have been pulled straight out of your favorite arcade cabinet, and things don’t get better when you look at the library of games Huawei has loaded on it,” writes Vlad Savov of The Verge.
“I played a 2D hack-and-slash title called Red Blade as well as the zombie shooter Dead Trigger 2, the latter being a game that Nvidia has regularly promoted because of its Tegra 4 optimizations. Though rudimentary in gameplay, Red Blade definitely benefited from the gamepad, which felt responsive and comfortable in the hand.”
Savov concludes that Huawei’s Tron is shaping up to offer a very cheap solution to living room gaming.
“It may not evoke too many pangs of desire from developed markets, but for price-sensitive consumers in China, it could prove quite popular. Its clean design and surprisingly ergonomic controller make for a good start,” he adds.