Don't mistake this cheap Switch look-alike for the real thing

midian182

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As reported by Nintendo Life, the Chinese-made X2 is designed to resemble the Switch. It features an ARM Cortex-A7 quad-core processor that reaches 1.3 GHz, while the resolution on the 7-inch screen is just 1,024 x 600, lower than Nintendo’s 1,280 x 720. It also uses a 3,000 mAh battery—the Switch features a 4,310mAh component—and you get a TF card to expand the 32GB of storage.

The PowKiddy X2 can connect to a TV using its HDMI-out port—there’s no dock. And although it looks like a Switch, you don’t get any removable joycons, so mulitplayer gaming on a television involves connecting some PlayStation-style controllers to the device via its two USB ports. In what can only be put down to some bad translation, this is described as “EXTERNAL DOUBLE HANDLE: Three people fight. Meet a small friend and recall your childhood and enjoy a journey to the dark.” It's unlikely the writer understood how bad 'journeying into the dark with a small friend' sounds.

Less tech-savvy parents who mistake the PowKiddy X2 for the genuine article will have some disappointed children. As is the case with other knock offs, this one doesn’t actually play Switch games. Instead, it comes with a series of emulators that replicate 11 retro systems, including the Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Game Gear, SNK Neo Geo, Capcom's CPS arcade system, NES / Famicom, SNES, Mega Drive, and the Sony PlayStation.

If you are a fan of older titles, emulation, and risking $80 on something that could be utter garbage, you can buy the PowKiddy X2 from Aliexpress.

Back in December, an even more shameless imitator called the Nanica Smitch, which came with Mario on the box, went on sale. It also didn’t use cartridges, featuring instead 800 pre-installed titles, all of which were almost certainly illegal ROMs of NES games.

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kimo1

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What's interesting about these black market handheld consoles is that they include titles that never reached west. Or some bootlegs which never got popular. But it also includes some games that may never even launch or play correctly. There's no QA on that part. Some consoles like these don't actually have any games from heavily guarded monopoly, but may include look-a-like clones.
I would like somebody to fully review this device's contents. There may be some interesting find. Maybe not.
 

Uncle Al

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You know, the Chinese are missing a big advantage. IF they made quality products that could compete with others, stopped all the poor quality counterfeit junk, and stopped all the global interference, they would find themselves head & shoulders above the USA. It's sad to see them focusing on such petty stuff, but then again maybe that is their plan, to try to mimic the US in hopes they will be equally accepted.
 

gamerk2

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You know, the Chinese are missing a big advantage. IF they made quality products that could compete with others, stopped all the poor quality counterfeit junk, and stopped all the global interference, they would find themselves head & shoulders above the USA. It's sad to see them focusing on such petty stuff, but then again maybe that is their plan, to try to mimic the US in hopes they will be equally accepted.
The problem is that quality costs money, which increases the cost of their products, loosing their one big advantage.

Besides, consumers have shown time and time again they'll take the cheaper product over the better-made one, so there's little economic justification to focus on quality over cost.
 

Lounds

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What's interesting about these black market handheld consoles is that they include titles that never reached west. Or some bootlegs which never got popular. But it also includes some games that may never even launch or play correctly. There's no QA on that part. Some consoles like these don't actually have any games from heavily guarded monopoly, but may include look-a-like clones.
I would like somebody to fully review this device's contents. There may be some interesting find. Maybe not.
I'd love ETA Prime to do a review, he does the best ones for devices like this for emulation gaming.
 

Lounds

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You know, the Chinese are missing a big advantage. IF they made quality products that could compete with others, stopped all the poor quality counterfeit junk, and stopped all the global interference, they would find themselves head & shoulders above the USA. It's sad to see them focusing on such petty stuff, but then again maybe that is their plan, to try to mimic the US in hopes they will be equally accepted.
Except this is imitating a Japanese product.
 
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Ben1978

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You know, the Chinese are missing a big advantage. IF they made quality products that could compete with others, stopped all the poor quality counterfeit junk, and stopped all the global interference, they would find themselves head & shoulders above the USA. It's sad to see them focusing on such petty stuff, but then again maybe that is their plan, to try to mimic the US in hopes they will be equally accepted.
I think they'd be equally accepted if they transitioned to democracy and allowed free speech. On topic they are making big steps in IP protection though.