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Snail W3D gaming android smartphone,New generation of Xperia PLAY

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m.morcielago

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Hi everyone that have XPERIA PLAY
As you know our xperia play is not so powerful
In CES 2015 the snail game company release new smartphone ,name Snail W3D
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And the introduce video

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_o3K0OyPnyc

So I have an idea
All of us have many experience of gaming smartphone like XPERIA PLAY and it may useful for making a good optimized smartphone for us.
So if anyone has any idea about this product can share in this thread.

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DroidX2

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I am still using my Xplay, on CDMA:(

But I've got all the hacks I can place on it. Currently running jellybean, although it's been a bit unstable and may head back to GB.

Anyhow, I'm excited about these devices, and after having to stretch the memory of the Xperia Play, I think 16GB factory internal is fairly decent, just have a 128 class 10 SD handy and I don't think memory should be a problem.
 
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DroidX2

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Yeah, it'll be my next phone as well. I'm currently using the Snail W1 and enjoying it.
 

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Wow really not bad. it would be a guaranteed buy if they made the buttons in a slide compartment like they did with the xperia play, so the phone is not that tall but thicker.

Ya man they are making phones to skinny and huge really awkward to get in your pocket and break WAY easier. Not even really comfy to hold because they are so thin. Just make them fatter with a huge battery. As for the slide away gamepad I think sony has a patent on that. No one else can implement it and they are just sitting on it im guessing until cell gaming gains a bit more ground in north america. Ill definitely buy a snail w3d might be a problem gettin it in the pocket though. An xperia play 2 with a snapdragon 810 or a different more powerful cpu would be perfect. Really hope they do it some day. Play is a great device which was crippled because sony also released the slightly better ark and the vita at the same time pretty much. :(

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Ya I did too no email back yet

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The more I look at this phone the more I want it. Been on my nexus 5 (which I am very happy with minus gaming) over a year now and using a moga hero controller and its just not the same as having an all in one phone like the Xperia play. Hoping this phone sees a USA release and the build quality it good. I would drop my nexus 5 for this snail w3d phone.
 
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Fenrir007

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Looks pretty interesting, I'm only worried about portability. If it fits a regular jeans pocket, then I may very well end up buying one.

I prefer slider form factor, but on the other hand not having to worry about opening it up to change your flex cable every now and then is a good thing.
 

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Looks pretty interesting, I'm only worried about portability. If it fits a regular jeans pocket, then I may very well end up buying one.

I prefer slider form factor, but on the other hand not having to worry about opening it up to change your flex cable every now and then is a good thing.

Its iphone 6+ size or xperia ultra! Itll fit in your pocket but only just they need to chop it down a bit. Slide form factor umis way better size wise this would prolly be better playing wise

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Its iphone 6+ size or xperia ultra! Itll fit in your pocket but only just they need to chop it down a bit. Slide form factor umis way better size wise this would prolly be better playing wise

I currently have a Note 3 and I think that's the max size I'm comfortable with. Seeing that the Xperia Ultra is still bigger than the Note 3 just makes me wonder if I could use this as my daily phone... Plus, the whole "this looks like a PSP" thing is kind of a downer. But I used the old Ngage tacophone back in the days, so I might be able to overlook this. Having quality portable emulation without carrying a MOGA around might be worth these sacrifices.
 

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I currently have a Note 3 and I think that's the max size I'm comfortable with. Seeing that the Xperia Ultra is still bigger than the Note 3 just makes me wonder if I could use this as my daily phone... Plus, the whole "this looks like a PSP" thing is kind of a downer. But I used the old Ngage tacophone back in the days, so I might be able to overlook this. Having quality portable emulation without carrying a MOGA around might be worth these sacrifices.
Why is this looks like a pap a downer


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I currently have a Note 3 and I think that's the max size I'm comfortable with. Seeing that the Xperia Ultra is still bigger than the Note 3 just makes me wonder if I could use this as my daily phone... Plus, the whole "this looks like a PSP" thing is kind of a downer. But I used the old Ngage tacophone back in the days, so I might be able to overlook this. Having quality portable emulation without carrying a MOGA around might be worth these sacrifices.

I have been using a Nexus 5 and a Moga Hero, I am really hoping this phone gets a release and that the reviews are decent for it. I would be all over this, as the N5 and the Moga Hero are not the best portability wise. If i can have this phone and do both then I am all over it, makes me really miss the Xperia PLAYs portability.
 

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Why is this looks like a pap a downer

Because I prefer my phones to look like phones. It was weird enough to hear people at work asking me why I was talking to my "gameboy" when I answered my Ngage (some in jest, some were really that clueless).

I have been using a Nexus 5 and a Moga Hero, I am really hoping this phone gets a release and that the reviews are decent for it. I would be all over this, as the N5 and the Moga Hero are not the best portability wise. If i can have this phone and do both then I am all over it, makes me really miss the Xperia PLAYs portability.

Yeah, nothing is quite like our good, old Xplay. I'm glad I finally managed to ressurect mine, but I somehow screwed the L & R buttons in the process, they aren't as clicky as they were - but still useable. Might revert to using it as my daily phone again.

I'm still waiting for the Bladepad. That seems like the best alternative, but not only are they severely behind their release schedule, but android would be a later release after iOS, which really sucks...
 

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Because I prefer my phones to look like phones. It was weird enough to hear people at work asking me why I was talking to my "gameboy" when I answered my Ngage (some in jest, some were really that clueless).



Yeah, nothing is quite like our good, old Xplay. I'm glad I finally managed to ressurect mine, but I somehow screwed the L & R buttons in the process, they aren't as clicky as they were - but still useable. Might revert to using it as my daily phone again.

I'm still waiting for the Bladepad. That seems like the best alternative, but not only are they severely behind their release schedule, but android would be a later release after iOS, which really sucks...
I definitely don't mind whenever I slid out my plays gamepad everyone's face lit up and questions just never stopped lol. Everyone I know LOVED it and loves playing it. I'm definitely going to buy the w3d but it woukd be great if the gamepad slid away. And if I don't like it hey it's only 350$ not a huge deal.



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They still making the bladepad? I thought they called it quits after the IOS compliant thing. Plus, with the iphone 6 being released in 2 sizes, and Sony owning the slide out patent, they almost have to go back to the drawing board.

The W3D seems to look long, but the build looks durable. A fingerprint magnet though. I currently use the Snail W1 as my everyday phone, and it is long, but very pocketable. About as pocketable as a slim Vita, maybe even smaller.

I do miss the slide form factor of the Xplay though. I think companies that plan to do gaming phones, should take a cue from Nintendo. First, make a great phone, then make a form fitting attachable to enhance certain features, like for gaming, a bladepad. Don't take everything from Nintendo though, like weak specs, lol!
 

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    We are looking forward to trying it.

    J



    Just got a response from John at techno Buffalo this guy is awesome at responding to emails.


    We would actually love to try this, any idea on when it will ship?

    If everyone can take a moment of their time to thank John at TechnoBuffalo.
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    On snails Facebook page I took a screenshot of the Amazon release date and left a pretty nasty comment regarding my frustration with this phone and the company. Some of it might be harsh but I am just really really upset with them the weight alone has already been asinine and now this happens and no communication from the company on this device or any announcement of the date being pushed back. Snail should be the first place everyone goes to for communication and they have no communication whatsoever. It seems like all that I want to push is there age of wushu. I realize I am just venting, but again I am just very disappointed and angry with them. I am sure a crapton goes on behind the scenes that we don't know about, but this has to be one of the worst product roll outs I've seen. Again, just upset. Rant done.
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    Awesomeness man that thing is going to be practically out of date when it comes out better have some kick ass games!

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    I read on droid gamers that supposedly they are replacing the Mediatek processor with a unknown snapdragon

    As much as I want this phone to be awesome, I am getting very frustrated with Snail games on their lack of comunication, and the fact that we have wait 6 months for the release date and now 6 more months for release, this is ridiculous.
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    Amazon just posted this phone with the release date of December 31st for $399

    Snail Mobile W3D Gaming Cell Phone, Unlocked - Android https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YZ2T55K/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_TrWGvb3ZP0MR7

    http://www.appy-geek.com/Web/ArticleWeb.aspx?regionid=1&articleid=43548945&source=hangouts

    Not a single peep from Snail games via their Facebook page as to a release date or pricing.
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    Just noticed this official post on Snail's website:

    http://www.snail.com/en/news/2015/0108/8683.html

    I realize this article is several months old now, but I noticed the following line for those in the US who are interested:

    " The phones available in the North American market will arrive unlocked and compatible with most U.S. network providers."

    Guess this means that, at the time of this writing, they either did not plan on any carrier support in store, or had nothing lined up yet. That's all, just wanted to share what I found.