With the Ouya and Gamestick jump starting the dedicated Android console market, it was only a matter of time before someone created a handheld. Enter the Magic Media i5, reported on today by Spanish site, Androidpc.es
While the idea of an Android console might seem counter intuitive, considering the powerful phones and tablets we’re all carrying, a dedicated gaming machine with real buttons and sticks can provide a more console like gaming experience than touch controls.
The Magic Media i5 has a 5 inch, 1280 x 720 pixel display with familiar game buttons and both an analog and d pad built into the sides. It looks kind of like huge Wonderswan Color.
The handheld sports a MediaTek’s 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A7 chip with PowerVR SGX544MP, graphics, 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of storage. It also has microSD card slot for extra storage space.The Magic Media i5 runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, has front and rear cameras, and features a 3550mAh battery. It’s compatible with both 2G and 3G networks with dual SIM card slots.
It’s rumored to retail in China for around $200.