We’re still a bit iffy about the whole Android gaming console concept but (check out our review of the OUYA) but apparently Huawei thinks it’s an area worth looking at. Its Tron mini-console, showed off at CES 2014, seems quite compelling.
The OUYA Competitor
Running on a skinned version of Android Jelly Bean version 4.2.3, the Tron mini-console consists of a cylindrical hub and a Bluetooth controller that looks like it took a couple of design pointers from the Xbox 360's. Despite the movie inspired name, we don’t see anything from the design that looks anything Tron-like. It would have been nice if there were some flashing blue neon lighting on it. Or maybe it wouldn't.
It’s kitted out with some decent specs too. Powered by the Tegra 4 chipset, the Tron has 2GB of RAM and will come in 16 and 32GB configurations. Don’t worry about saving space on it though: you’ll be able to buff up to 64GB via a microSD slot located at the base of the console. There are also the usual suspects like Ethernet support, Bluetooth, USB 3.0 and Wi-Fi. 4K video playback is also going to be possible.
Huawei hasn’t mentioned anything about pricing yet but we wouldn't expect it to top the US$99 price tag of the OUYA. It’s going to be a China-only release in the second quarter of this year, but Huawei did mention that they do have plans for market expansion.