Other companies have released phones in the past that were made to cater toward gamers specifically. Sony had their Xperia Play. In theory, it was a decent idea. The Xperia Play acted like a normal touchscreen phone, but had a slide-out section that had all the necessary controls to handle gaming. It really did seem like a neat idea, and was even endorsed by the Major League Gaming. But, sadly, in the end, it was pretty much a failure. There was also Nokia’s N-Gage back in 2003, and the N-Gage QD the following year, but both of those phones were pretty sad as well. So, realistically, Snail Games is facing an up-hill battle with this one.
The specs on the W3D really don’t look too bad, to be entirely honest. It’s running a 2.2GHz MediaTek MT6595 octa-core processor, though it only has 2GB of RAM, and only 16GB of storage – that one, however, can at least be mildly resolved with the available SD Card slot, that supports up to 64GB. I think the most promising thing, in regards to gaming, that is, is the fact that it comes with a 4,000mAh battery. I mean, if Snail Games is expecting the average consumer to actually use this for heavy gaming – which, honestly is the only reason you would buy this phone – then a massive battery is definitely a must.
This phone handles gaming by integrating all the expected controls – it has the four button pad, dual analog joysticks, a D-Pad, and even has four shoulder buttons. There’s also the available option to map in-game keys to specific buttons so you don’t have to keep pressing the screen. There’s also eye-tracking to provides you with 3D gaming support. Overall, as a gaming device does, this does seem pretty decent.
Now, how does it hold up as a phone? Well, it does come with both GSM and CDMA antenna with 4G support, and does have duel-SIM support, so regardless of what network you take it to, you should be fine. It has a 5.5″ 1080p display, it’s running Android 4.4 KitKat, and it has a 13MP camera on the back. The only real downside to this phone is the size. Granted: in comparison to the OnePlus One, it’s almost the same width, but it’s substantially taller, due to the additional buttons. So, will it fit comfortably in your pocket? I honestly can’t say. Though, I guess, as far as downsides for having a gaming phone goes, that’s not too bad.
So, is Snail Mobile’s W3D worth getting? I guess that would be a personal preference, really. Personally, I wouldn’t get it, but I also don’t do too much mobile gaming – for someone that does enjoy regular gaming on their Android Device, this doesn’t seem like a bad choice.
The device should be available in late September, and is going for $399.99 on Amazon. If you’re interested, it’s up for preorder right now. Do you think this would be a good device for you? Leave your thoughts in the comments section. I’d definitely enjoy hearing your take on this device.