It’s nothing like what Sony and Microsoft offer in terms of hardcore gaming performance. Heck, even the Nintendo Wii U delivers more power. But if the price is what matters to you most, then check out this new Android-powered gaming console for $120—the Huawei Tron.
First off, Huawei Tron has above average specs: Tegra 4 processor, 2GB of RAM, choice of 16GB or 32GB internal storage with microSD support, USB 3.0, Ethernet, and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac. Its controller resembles that of the Xbox, with a gigantic touchpad at the center. It’s not as peculiar as the odd Steam Controller, but the appearance still takes some getting used to.
The Huawei Tron uses Android 4.2.3 Jelly Bean at its core, with custom UI on top that’s optimized for large TV screens. There’ll be no Google Play Store here; Huawei’s own app store will deliver the games instead.
Granted, the other Android gaming console—OUYA—sells for an even more attractive price at just $99, but the Huawei Tron is still much cheaper than the major players. It’s also mainly concentrated on making a dent in China, where the 13-year ban on consoles was recently lifted. Nevertheless, it’s great for gamers to have more choices for their home entertainment.