Top 8 Best Android Consoles: Reviews and Comparison

by John Sanderson

The best android consoles are not always created equal. The following list will help you find the best console for your needs, whether a handheld device or a home console.

3 Best Android Consoles comparison

Product
NEXADAS Retroid Pocket 2 Android Handheld Game Console, Dual Boot for Android and Retro Game Console Multiple Emulators Console Handheld 3.5 Inch Display 4000mAh Retro Gaming System (16 Bit)
GPD XD Plus [Latest HW Update]-Support Google Service-5" Touchscreen Foldable Handheld Video Game Console Android 7.0 Portable Gaming Console MT8176 Hexa-core CPU,PowerVR GX6250 GPU,4GB/32GB
MJKJ RG351V Handheld Game Console , Open Source System Built-in WiFi Online Sparring 64G TF Card 2500 Classic Games , 3.5inch IPS Screen Retro Game Console (Wood Grain)
NEXADAS Retroid Pocket 2 Android Handheld Game Console, Dual Boot for Android and Retro Game Console Multiple Emulators Console Handheld 3.5 Inch Display 4000mAh Retro Gaming System (16 Bit)
GPD XD Plus [Latest HW Update]-Support Google Service-5" Touchscreen Foldable Handheld Video Game Console Android 7.0 Portable Gaming Console MT8176 Hexa-core CPU,PowerVR GX6250 GPU,4GB/32GB
MJKJ RG351V Handheld Game Console , Open Source System Built-in WiFi Online Sparring 64G TF Card 2500 Classic Games , 3.5inch IPS Screen Retro Game Console (Wood Grain)
Product
NEXADAS Retroid Pocket 2 Android Handheld Game Console, Dual Boot for Android and Retro Game Console Multiple Emulators Console Handheld 3.5 Inch Display 4000mAh Retro Gaming System (16 Bit)
NEXADAS Retroid Pocket 2 Android Handheld Game Console, Dual Boot for Android and Retro Game Console Multiple Emulators Console Handheld 3.5 Inch Display 4000mAh Retro Gaming System (16 Bit)
Product
GPD XD Plus [Latest HW Update]-Support Google Service-5" Touchscreen Foldable Handheld Video Game Console Android 7.0 Portable Gaming Console MT8176 Hexa-core CPU,PowerVR GX6250 GPU,4GB/32GB
GPD XD Plus [Latest HW Update]-Support Google Service-5" Touchscreen Foldable Handheld Video Game Console Android 7.0 Portable Gaming Console MT8176 Hexa-core CPU,PowerVR GX6250 GPU,4GB/32GB
Product
MJKJ RG351V Handheld Game Console , Open Source System Built-in WiFi Online Sparring 64G TF Card 2500 Classic Games , 3.5inch IPS Screen Retro Game Console (Wood Grain)
MJKJ RG351V Handheld Game Console , Open Source System Built-in WiFi Online Sparring 64G TF Card 2500 Classic Games , 3.5inch IPS Screen Retro Game Console (Wood Grain)

8 Best Android Consoles Available In The Market

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Retroid Pocket 2 is a dual boot system running both open android and Retro Games. It’s available to download and set up your favorite Emulators like N64, PS1, PSP, GBA, DS, MAME, FBA, and cloud gaming apps like Steam Link and Moonlight in the Android system. This mini retro game system also runs retro video games by switching the system in the menu setting.

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The GPD XD Plus handheld Video game console is small enough to fit in your pocket; it is around the size of your average mobile phone and twice as thick; MT8176 CPU, More Intelligent. Size cores design, dual-core A72, the base frequency can reach 2.1Ghz. Quad-core A53–base frequency 1.7 GHz.Allocating work intelligently, avoid single-core overheat. All the Hexa cores run when playing big games; make sure games running smoothly;

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MJKJ RG351V Handheld Game Console is a handheld game console with a 3.5 Inch High-definition IPS Screen, OCA full lamination/ 320*480, very clear display. Tempered glass, double protection with scratchproof and anti-fall, brings an exciting gaming experience and better eye protection. Built-in 3900mAh high capacity lithium battery for ultra-long standby time and battery life. Support up to 6 hours of game playing. Support fast charging with USB Type-C cable.

4

JXD S192K is a top-notch Android tablet PC, which has been upgraded. The screen size is 7 inches and supports 1920X1200px resolution. It owns a Quad-Core 1.8GHz ARM Cortex-A17 CPU and GPU: ARM MAIL-T764, which can bring you a faster computing experience than ever before. 4GB DDR3 RAM and 64GB EMMC (Support 128GB TF Card) give you more space to store your favorite games or movies.

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Fadist Retro Game Console is a special TV game console that is designed for people who love to play games. It can not only built-in 30,000+ games but is also compatible with Android TV 7.1 system and is equipped with a special remote control. The universal WAN port can connect to the networking; you can watch videos online on YouTube and also download more apps on Google Play.

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The Retroid Pocket V1 is a dual boot android handheld game console; it runs both open Android and traditional retro game consoles by easily switching the system in the menu setting. The Retroid Pocket V1 features a high-definition LCD screen and supports multi-touch operations. It comes with a built-in 4000mAh large capacity lithium battery and can be charged using the included USB cable.

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The new 7″ inch Android Game Console is a big-screen laptop with a built-in high-capacity li-ion battery, support MicroSD(TF) card expansion, and preloaded over 100 powerful authorized games. The 7″ inch android game console is powered with ANDROID OS, which provides the best user experience for entertainment and gaming. It’s easy to carry around or play in your living room, and young you can play any games on it by connecting it to your TV via HDMI cable.

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The Powkiddy RGB10 Max Handheld Game Console is a multifunctional game system with an integrated high-definition large HD screen; OCA fully integrated dust-proof technology. The Powkiddy RGB10 Max Handheld Game Console allows you to play games and watch movies on the go in full color and crystal clarity.

5 Things You Must Know While Choosing The Best Android Consoles

1. What is the release date of this console?

If it’s just come out, then chances are there will be at least a few hiccups with the software. It’s probably not worth buying if it’s brand new as they haven’t had time to fix any bugs yet, but if there are already some updates out, then it might be worth considering, especially if the older consoles don’t have quite as much power or memory as this newer model. Try to for reviews online by people who have bought the console; they’ll normally have a list of pros and cons which you can use to help with your decision.

2. What games is it going to come with?

This is a pretty important point; unless the console has exclusive titles, then the chances are that most of the really good titles will be available for other consoles too. If you’re looking to buy one specific game, check if it’s available on all consoles or not before making your purchase. It might be worth waiting until after Christmas when all consoles from this year will probably be cheaper in anticipation of next year’s version anyway!

3. Is there a return policy in case I change my mind?

Always check whether you can get a refund, even within a certain time period (e.g., 30 days), and what the policy is regarding any other possible returns or replacements.

4. Do I like the design?

Let’s face it, we all care about how our gadgets look to an extent, right? If you don’t like the design, then chances are you’ll always find something wrong with it, and that could mean that you’re not getting your money’s worth out of it. Make sure that you do like the design before buying!

5. What do my friends think?

This should only really be considered if they have similar opinions to yourself; for example, if it’s a console aimed at kids and they prefer PC games, then maybe their opinion doesn’t matter too much. But if they agree on what games are good to play or what consoles are worth looking at, then their opinion should count for something.

Why Do You Need Android Consoles?

1. Access to Play Store Games

The first Xbox came out during Xbox 360s prime; it was ahead of its time with low power requirements and high output quality via HDMI. The first OUYA wasn’t far behind, initially gaining traction as a Kickstarter project before full retail release later that year (2013.) Today, both are relegated to dusty shelf space at your local Goodwill or pawn shop.

2. Affordable Console Accessories

Android consoles come with one unique advantage over the other two, and that’s affordability. They’re dirt cheap! You can buy a GameStick dock to house your console for another $15-$30 if you want instead of paying Microsoft $100+ for their official dock. OUYA controllers are only $20 new, while the Xbox One controller is around double at $40-50. These prices might sound similar, but all three products came out or were announced in different years; Android consoles are technologically superior to their older counterparts (and they will likely remain supported longer, too.) The price difference is even greater when looking at bigger storage capacity; both Xbox One S and PS4 Slim can be had with 1TB drives for $400+ while you can pick up a GameStick with that same amount of storage for less than $200.

3. Homebrew Support 

Android consoles are nothing more than gaming devices and media players. But their potential is far greater than just playing games and watching movies; they can turn any TV into a smart TV and even double as HTPCs (Home Theater PCs.) With no need to purchase expensive Blu-ray or DVD discs, console owners have the luxury of enjoying all forms of entertainment without splitting the wallet. In addition to its other benefits, owning an Android console means that one day it could become a homebrew computer by installing what’s known as ClockworkMod or TWRP custom recovery on the boot partition. 

Wrapping Up

We hope you’ve learned something about the different kinds of Android consoles on the market and are able to make a smarter decision for your purchase. Do you agree with our list? Let us know in the comments below!

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