By Patrick Shaw | 01-21-2012 | 3:00PM
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this month, a number of portable gaming devices made their debut including NVIDIA’s Project Shield and the Razr Edge. And, as to be expected with an event of its size where so many new products are showcased, some gadgets flew a bit under the radar such as Sunflex's Unu gaming tablet.
First unveiled at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany in 2012 under the name “Snakebyte Eins,” the rebranded Unu is described by its developer as the “world’s first all-in-one tablet, gaming console and Smart TV." The way the Unu seeks to set itself apart from other Android-based gaming tablets is by functioning as both a standard tablet and a device that turns your high-definition television into a Smart TV for gaming and entertainment apps such as Netflix.
“It’s a full-featured Android tablet, a full-featured gaming console with a controller when docked on the TV and it’s a smart TV device,” said Mike Steup, CEO of Sunflex Europe. “It’s the entertainment center of tomorrow. 2013 is going to be a great year as we present our customers with Unu, the first optimally-tuned Android system that addresses all their entertainment and gaming needs."
The Unu tablet comes with a docking station that allows it to easily connect to your TV and play Android games with either a game controller or an air mouse, both of which will be included with the Unu tablet. Sunflex, however, hasn't revealed any specs on the hardware powering the device.
It's worth mentioning that the Unu isn’t the only new device that enables users to play Android games in a traditional console setting. The OUYA , Project Shield and Gamestick are all Android-based devices in development that similarly allow for console gaming experiences. Of course, each device has its own unique features, such as Project Shield’s ability to instantly stream games onto a 4K display and the OUYA’s official store featuring some exclusive games and apps designed specifically for the platform. It will be interesting to see how Unu establishes itself in this sector. So far, no pricing information or a firm release date for the Unu have been announced.