Does The JXD GamePad 2 Remind You Of Anything?
Posted by Damien McFerran
Certainly rings a bell
Last year we were graced with the Droid X360, a Chinese-made clone of the PS Vita which runs Google's Android operating system. This year, we've got another copycat device which shares more than a few similarities with the Wii U GamePad - it even has the same name.
The JXD S7300 GamePad 2 has a 7-inch capacitive screen, a dual-core processor and runs Android 4.1. It's basically a 7-inch tablet with gaming controls bolted onto the side, with the biggest shock being that the D-pad, buttons and analogue sliders are actually pretty decent.
Something which won't come as a shock to those who are familiar with Android-powered devices from the Far East will be inclusion of retro emulators which allow you to play ROMs. N64 and SNES emulation is included as standard, but performance is pretty ropey.
You have to wonder what Nintendo's hard-working designers make of this particular product. Imitation is one thing, but when placed side-by-side with the Wii U controller, it's blatantly obvious that the GamePad 2 is a shameless copy.