Snail Mobile’s W3D Gaming Phone

IMAXWould you buy a phone specifically for gaming? That’s what Snail Games is hoping for. They’ve produced a phone called the Snail Mobile W3D, which, interestingly looks somewhat similar to the PS Vita.

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.

IMAXThis 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.