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Chuwi Hi9 is Probably the Best 8 inch Gaming Tablet You Can Buy for Less Than $200

By Radu Iorga

Remember when the 7 inch or 8 inch tablets ruled? They were excellent gaming devices, but the whole tablet segment seems to have shifted towards convertibles and huge devices. Luckily gaming still happens on a smaller scale, that’s why an 8 inch tablet still feels tempting. A device of the sort is the Chuwi Hi9, which is being sold by Banggood for an excellent price, below $200.

Chuwi Hi9 is a gaming tablet with an 8.4 inch display and it runs on Android 7.0 Nougat. It comes with a quad core MediaTek MT8173 processor and the resolution is pretty generous, at 2560 x 1600 pixels. There’s 4 GB of RAM inside, 64 GB of storage and a PowerVR GX6250 GPU takes care of the gaming aspect. The whole thing measures 7.9 mm, which by the way was the waistline of the Galaxy S7.

It’s got 2.4 and 5G dual band WiFi and the screen is sourced by JDI, with OGS and good looking 2.5D panel. Improved grip is important for long gaming sessions and that’s also offered here. A microSD card slot also makes the cut, plus a front 2 MP camera and a main 5 MP shooter, with HDR capabilities. Bluetooth 4.0 is on the list as well, plus a microUSB port, audio jack and a 4500 mAh battery.

 

Another piece of good news is that the device’s bundle includes a glass screen protector. The device has been with 1 meter drop tests and 100.000 times key tests, plus 23 general performance tests. If you want to get the good deal for it on Banggood, you can find it here.

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Nintendo Now Claims Officially That Its Sales Are Unprecedented, Thanks to the Switch Console

By Radu Iorga

Just last week we learned that the Nintendo sold 10 million units of the Nintendo Switch gaming tablet over the past 9 months. That’s surely a record, one that ties the PS4’s initial sales, but the games also sold very well. So much so that Nintendo now claims that its sales are unprecedented.

And all of that is happening with a console that’s not even one year old, which is mighty impressive. The Switch is already very close to beating the Wii U’s lifetime sales. The Japanese firm apparently didn’t even predict such as success. In an interview with CNN Tech, Nintendo of America’s President Reggie Fils-Aime was quoted saying that all this performance is unprecedented for the company.

The official also reminded everyone that the impressive sales happened even before the holiday time frame. He claims the sales pace is faster than in all of the company’s history and the whole gaming history. Portability seems to have been key, according to the same Nintendo representative and also the dual usage of the device: both docked and portable. Titles like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is rated as one of the best games of 2017.

Super Mario Odyssey also did well, selling 2 million copies in 3 days after its release. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Switch is able to past 12 million units by the way it turns one year old, or even 15 million. Next year should bring us a few fresh ports and unique releases for the console and more developers are jumping on the bandwagon.

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GPD Win 2 is a Handheld Gaming PC That Feels Like a Nintendo DS; Specs Revealed

By Radu Iorga

We’ve got some experience with the GPD gaming tablets, having played with one or two till now. We’ve even unboxed one such machine and now there’s another one coming, which just leaked. The device goes by the name of GPD Win 2 and it’s a handheld gaming PC with a 6 inch screen. The specs get detailed below.

We’re talking about a Core M3 slate, that brings a bigger screen, faster CPU and an improved keyboard. There’s some waiting involved though, as the product will go up for preorder via an Indiegogo campaign come January 15th and it’ll ship around April 2018. The specs include a 6 inch 720p display with Gorilla Glass 4 protection, an Intel Core M3-7Y30 Kaby Lake processor and 8 GB of RAM.

There’s 128 GB of SSD storage here, WiFi ac, Bluetooth 4.2 and stereo speakers. Interestingly GPD went with dual 4900 mAh batteries and dual vibration motors. On the connectivity front things are generous, with an USB Type-C port, USB 3.0 (full USB), micro HDMI and microSD. All of that is crammed into a 1 inch thick and 1 pound heavy product. People in the know claim that this console will have a heatsink and fan, so it should be able to move air around and dissipate heat.

 

It also means that the device won’t exactly be silent, but I can live with that. The keyboard has been redesigned, now stretching across the device, which should make typing quite comfy. There are still thumbsticks here, action buttons and a D pad, plus a generous Space key. No info on pricing but the sum of $400 is being thrown around.

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Nintendo Switch Sells 10 Million Units in Just 9 Months

By Radu Iorga

The incredible rise of the Nintendo Switch console continues, with the gaming device having reached sales of over 10 million units over the past year it seems. Well, “year” isn’t accurate, since it’s actually been 9 months since the device’s debut.

Basically, the Switch sold more than a million units per month ever since the March launch. Several steps had to be beaten to reach this peak. First, in September we wrote that the device had beat the PS4 initial sales in just 6 months. Then at the end of October, the number of moved units was 7.63 million, so the bump is incredible. With these numbers, it’s very clear that the Nintendo Switch is a smash hit.

They’ve kept up the releases of flagship games, from famous franchizes like Mario or Zelda and those have pushed the console forward. Nintendo just had to get it right and the timing was also right. The tablets have been dwindling since 2014, the Wii U was a failure and had to be corrected and there is no other big player in the portable console field. And also there’s certainly no other player in the hybrid console area, that involves a device that can be used both on the go and hooked up to the TV set.

The Nintendo Wii U needed 2 and a half years to reach 10 million units sold. The latest numbers make the Switch pretty much the equal of the PS4, that also scored 10 million units sold in 9 months. Ninty even had trouble keeping up with demand until recently. With many big titles coming to the Switch next year, 15 million is actually in the Japanese firm’s sights easily.

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GPD XD+ Handheld Gaming Console With 4 GB of RAM Gets Handled in Front of Camera (Video)

By Radu Iorga

Many weeks ago we got to play with a GPD console and it proved to be certainly interesting. Now there’s a new such device coming, under the name GPD XD+ and this handheld gaming console seems to have even better specs and some nice emulation. You can see it in action below.

Feeling a bit like a beefier Nintendo DS, the Android-based handheld is a refreshed GPD XD, with twice the RAM and a new CPU, MediaTek MT8176. The design of the predecessor is kept, at least on the prototype shown here. The above mentioned chipset relies on 2 ARM Cortex A72 CPU cores, 4 ARM Cortex-A53 cores and PowerVR GX6250 graphics. There’s also 4 GB of RAM here and the product ships in early 2018.

The video included in this article shows benchmarks much improved from the Rockchip-based predecessor, plus some God of War emulation in action. There’s also a Dolphin Nintendo GameCube and Wii emulator, that should bring you hundreds of titles. I see that the D Pad is still here, plus the 4 action buttons and two thumbsticks, ergonomically spaced. We also get the shoulder buttons and the same placement for the camera and speakers.

 

The color calibration of the screen and brightness also seem a bit improved. As a side note, I don’t think Sony is too happy with the fact that the device runs God of War. By the way it also seems to lag a bit…

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