Ok Snail! While I've always been a fan of Snail's gaming phone designs, from my brief past experience, the major issue lies with the phone aspect. Namely, carrier support. Here is the US, their devices lack the required bands to be consistently connected. Gaming device wise, I enjoyed both the 78P01, and the W3D. Beyond their apparent faults, gaming was great with these devices. But data connection and phone calls were virtually non existent. I am still unsure what happened with my 78P01 and W3D. They both just got restricted from using towers after a while.
I really hope they concentrate more on the phone aspect of the device, otherwise it'll become just another Android Gaming device, in which there are better alternatives.
Nevertheless, the gaming kid in me is still excited about this and hoping it finally addresses the issues of the past. Seems they finally stepped into Lollipop judging from the screenshots. The design reminds me of the GPD Q9. The rounded edges make it seem very pocket-able for its size. Still the same D-Pad design, i just hope it's more smooth moving. Fighting games were kind of tough with the older devices.
I assume with the omission of start and select, they will be soft buttons like the W3D. Also, with omission of L2 and R2, may make shooting games a tad more complicated for mapping.
That price point is also highly competitive. My alternative is the MOTO Z2PLAY with Gamepad MotoMod, which when combined, would be a hefty nearly 700 bucks. if not more. Even if I were to get the Moto Z, pricing would still be about 400 at best.
Well Snail, seeing as you are the only one still doing Chimera gaming phones, let's see what you got.
I, like you, am extremely frustrated with my options for true mobile gaming. There's barely any.
I have been considering just waiting for a new Note 8 and disassembling my 8BitDo Zero and literally building a new case for it out of a 3D printer that could attach to the bottom of whatever phone I buy. That's how desperate I am. I tried to get forum members here to back a phone with a gaming attachment during the "ZTE Build your own smartphone" contest, but it didn't get any traction.
I had not seen the Moto GamePad, so thank you for bringing that to my attention, however I don't know if I can bring myself to downgrade so far from a Snapdragon 805 that powers my current phone (Note 4 - also has IR Blaster for my TV / Stereo) and I hate carrying the Zero on my key ring at work as it just looks unprofessional.
The i7 looks like a decent solve, but I just don't know judging from my difficulties trying to acquire a W3D, and the eventual price hike (If it comes out the day it's supposed to, I'd be *OK* paying the price premium I guess, but it's almost assuredly going to be a wait...) but I'm willing to buy. Give me the chance, Snail, and don't screw me over!
It's odd that the Moto Gamepad hasn't been all that talked about. It kinda comes as exactly as I mentioned once, whereas, make a great phone, then make an attachable controller to go with it like a case. The controller has full featured buttons. The only reason I would consider the Snail is that the buttons are a part of the phone, and honestly, the design is really nice, even if it does completely rip off the PS Vita second edition.
As for acquiring the W3D, it's available on Aliexpress and OYEShop. But with this speculated to be 100 bucks cheaper, might as well wait. I'm also expecting that with the release of the Snail I7 (WHO NAMES THIS STUFF???) any support that the W3D would have had, even though there was none, will be pretty much non-existent.
However, all this with Snail, as happy as I want to be, I'm reminded of the W3D announcement, which came to great fanfare, all over tech news, pre-order on Amazon, and all that, only to come out 2 years late through the back door with no support for the device. It remains to be seen what Snail plans to do. Since both the Moto Mod gamepad and the Snail I7 seem to release along with each other, August will tell the tale.
By the way, what did ZTE decide on, I stopped checking after the gamepad mod didn't make the cut. Probably some flagship phone with a snapdragon attached to it.