The wonderful thing about Android is that it can be installed on any device if a company is willing to invest time in porting the OS to its hardware. But the bad thing about Android is that it can land in hardware of questionable pedigree — like a portable gaming system that looks remarkably similar to the product of another company.
The JXD S5110 is the Android-powered PSP clone many gamers have been secretly pining for. While Sony Ericsson’s current Android-powered gaming smartphone, the Xperia Play, is nice, its slide-out controllers lack the ergonomic styling of Sony’s PSP systems. The JXD S5110, however, borrows the PSP formfactor, and looks to be the perfect marriage of hand-held gaming hardware and Android.
Nonetheless, the JXD could run into trouble with its button design: The controller features triangle, circle, cross and square icons on its action buttons — and these buttons are registered trademarks of Sony.
And if looking just like the PSP wasn’t enough, JXD also touts the S5110′s ability to support simulators for the Nintendo 64, Game Boy Advance and Sega Genesis consoles. Apparently, the handheld will play everything from Tetris and Sonic the Hedgehog ROMs to official Angry Birds ports available on Google Play.
The Ice Cream Sandwich-powered console has a 5-inch, 800×480 capacitive touch screen, and includes an HDMI port that will push games and other Android apps to an HDTV for a big-screen experience. Powered by a Amlogic M3 processor with 512 DDR RAM, the S5110 also has a 0.3mp backside camera, USB 2.0 port, microSD slot and audio mini-jack port. Throw Wi-Fi connectivity into the mix, and the S5110 looks to be a pretty great piece of gaming gear.
Unfortunately, there’s no way to actually purchase the S5110 on JXD’s site. Wired sent emails to the company’s locations in China and Iran, and also reached out to Sony for comment, but neither company replied by press time.