China has been catering to the poor by making knock off consoles and poor man’s gadgets for a long time now. From Koni Playground 3 to Shamshung S3, nothing surprises me anymore. But this time China went the extra mile in forging a knock off of Sony’s flagship handheld console, the PSVita.
A company named Shenzhen Xunlong released a creatively named Driod X360 device which looks almost like the Vita but runs on Android 4.0. The button placement and the model design is clearly a copy of Sony’s new portable device but the most surprising thing is that the internals are on par with a smartphone. Droid X360 houses a 1.5 GHz processor, 512Mb RAM and a good looking 800×480 display to boot.
Although the above specs cannot match the sheer horse power of Sony’s handheld, surprisingly, it manages to outdo even the Vita in some departments. Having 8GB internal storage and a 2MP rear facing camera makes it a lucrative, yet somehow sinful device. The lack of back a touchpad and the high resolution screen reminds us that it is still a knock off, albeit a slightly improved one.
But the major point of having the Droid X360 lies in the operating system it runs. Android is famous for its compatibility with emulators and the X360 knows that well enough to include nine old school systems right off the bat. If you want a trip down memory lane with Sega’s Nintendo and even some PSone games, this device is well worth importing. No official pricing and release dates are announced yet but, as with all China knock offs, there won’t be any “official” announcements. So you either have to call your uncle who lives in China or make a trip yourself to get your hands on probably the most interesting knock off yet.