A company called ibenX is getting into the Android gamepad (Android tablet + built-in gamepad) business. This particular segment of Android is still fresh, and any good product may become “the next big thing” if luck permits.
The ibenX GAME-PAD has a 7-inch 1280×800 IPS display that’s driven by an Allwinner A31 ARM Cortex A7 quad-core along with the PowerVR SGX 544 graphics. To put things into perspective, the 7-inch Archos Gamepad sports a resolution of 1024×600 while being driven by a Rockchip RK3066 Cortex A9 dual-core, and a Mali 400.
Performance-wise, the Allwinner A31 and the Rockchip R3066 chips are relatively on par with each other, but on a per core basis the A9 surpasses the A7 by a margin. For multi-threaded applications, however, expect the A31 to perform admirably compared to the dual-core setup in the RK3066.
The selling point for the ibenX GAME-PAD is, therefore, the slightly better 1280×800 resolution. That said, even if the resolution is a bit better, there’s no telling what the build quality is like. So build quality and CPU aside, the ibenX GAME-PAD also comes with 16GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM, a 5MP rear camera (0.3MP front), and Android Jelly Bean 4.1 to boot.
Pricing and availability of the ibenX GAME-PAD hasn’t been announced yet.