A few months ago, we reported about a clamshell Android gaming handheld called the GPD XD that had pretty good specifications and a fairly low estimated price. Now, the device had finally materialized and is currently on pre-sale for a decent price of $159.99.
The GPD XD is made by the company GamePad Digital, who have also made other Android gaming handhelds like the GPD G5A and GPD G7. The design of the device clearly mimics that of Nintendo’s popular NDS and 3DS handhelds, with the exclusion of the iconic second touchscreen. The bottom face of the device houses a normal set of action buttons and a d-pad, along with a pair of analog sticks and two buttons next to the analogs. Speakers are located at the bottom of the front, and appear to be stereo speakers. There’s also a cluster of buttons in the center of the device, which should be easily mappable to any game that you would play.
On the rear, there’s 2 standard sized shoulder buttons, along with a pair of smaller shoulder buttons as well. The ports on the rear compromise of a microSD card slot, a HDMI-out port, a microUSB port and a DC charging port. Upfront, there’s the display and some rather thin bezels.
The GPD XD will ship with the RK3288 chipset with a Mali-T764 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB/32GB of internal flash storage, expandable memory, a massive 6000mAh battery, Android 4.4.4 Kitkat and a 5-inch 1280x720p HD IPS display. The device also supports HDMI-out, 802.11ac Wifi, microSD cards upto 128GB and USB OTG. The 16GB version device is currently on pre-sale for $159.99, comes in blue and black, and is expected to ship out to consumers in July.