It was only recently that China lifted its ban on the sales of games consoles and now there are several such devices being sold in the market. The most common game consoles being sold in China right now are based on the Android platform. Chinese consumer electronics company TCL wants in on the action and has announced that it will soon be releasing the TCL T2 which is an Android game console.
The TCL T2 is a small device running on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and powered by the Allwinner A31 quad-core processor. It comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. A wireless Bluetooth controller is also included which features dual-analog sticks, D-pad, four shoulder buttons, and the usual buttons found in a controller.
In terms of gaming titles it has been confirmed that TCL has partnered with Gameloft to bring games to this device. Some of the titles expected to come to this device are Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour, World at Arms, GT Racing 2, Dungeon Hunter 4, and a lot more.
We’re still not sure if this device has access to the Google Play Store. Most Chinese Android devices are sold without the Google Play Store but instead come with its own store where consumers can get apps. The TCL T2 however comes with a Games Lobby which we presume is where consumers will go to download games. The device also has a cloud saving feature as well as a multi-screen integration feature.
In terms of performance the use of an Allwinner A31 quad-core processor should be powerful enough to handle any of the graphically intense games released in the market today. This processor is based around four ARM Cortex-A7 CPUs and a PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU which is able to handle 4Kultra high definition videos. The A31 is shipped out with each A7 core having a clock speed of 1GHz however this can be increased to 1.2 GHz. The PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU on the other hand operates at a clock frequency of around 350 MHz. The A31 also has its own built-in video decode and encode blocks which allows it to decode 4K content at 30 frames per second.
The TCL T2 is expected to become available in the Chinese market this coming April 30. Those who wish to get the device may now pre-order it for 699 Yuan which converts to around $110. There’s no information yet if this device will be sold in the international market. Overall this looks like a fairly decent device that can be used to play Android games on a big screen.