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CES 2015: Is the Snail W3D the future of mobile gaming?

If it looks like a games console, feels like a games console and plays like a games console, what is it? The new W3D phone from Snail, apparently.

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Revealed at CES 2015, this is a mobile phone that is very much for the serious gamer. The left-hand side has a joystick and direction pad while the left-hand side has a second joystick and the usual diamond of buttons, mimicking the style of the Sony PSP.

Inside the phone is a 2.0GHz, A7+A17 eight-core processor, which, Snail claims, has an 87 per cent improved CPU and an 88 per cent improved GPU over, we assume, earlier models. The 4,000MAh battery is reported to provide six hours of continuous gameplay.

It features 3D tracking, much like the Nintendo 3DS, so you can game without 3D glasses, which is amazing fun. It also houses a 13-megapixel camera and has a dual stereo output on the pack so you can fully immerse yourself in your game. From an actual mobile phone point of view, the system runs Android KitKat 4.4

The Japanese release is slated for Spring 2015 with a US launch hopefully within the year.