Yes, the handheld gaming market has even more competition with high-end power and graphics, this time from the company GPD. GPD has been releasing several handheld gaming laptops for years, and they’ve introduced the next wave of their WIN Max handheld gaming laptops.
GPD updates WIN Max 2 system with AMD’s latest Ryzen 7 6800U processor and Radeon 680M graphics
The GPD WIN Max 2 stands out from the other systems we’ve covered recently, from Steam Deck to Onexplayer, from the AYANEO systems, and the newest kid on the block, the AOKZOE A1. Many of these systems share a very similar form factor, which is not the case with the GPD WIN Max 2. GPD has always maintained a portable design in its previous models over the past five years. Each system version supports a laptop feel with game controls close to the flip screen.
With GPD’s latest design, they released on Twitter that they will be doing an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign:
Hype! Hype! GPD WIN MAX 2!
IGG on: July 7 10:00 UTC+8
6800U+16GB+128GB, $899, only 50 units, not for retail
4G LTE, $79
Custom M.2 2230 1TB SSD, $139
— GPD Game Consoles (@softwincn) 4 July 2022
Now, with the inclusion of the AMD 6800U, which we saw in the AOKZOE A1, the GPD WIN Max 2 will include processor and memory options between 128GB to 2TB, 4G LTE and a custom M.2 2230 1TB SSD. Prices will range between $899 to $1,299, with a 128GB limit to 50 units.
Some features of the new GPD WIN Max 2 handheld PC gaming system are:
- 10.1-inch bezel-less display, which offers passive eye protection for blue light protection
- ll-metal CNC housing made of 6061 aluminum-magnesium alloy
- options for Intel i7-1260P or AMD Ryzen 7 6800U processors
- graphics options of Intel Iris Xe GPU, with 96 EU or AMD Radeon 680M with 12 CU, both offering the same 768 shaders
- RAM options with 16 GB or 32 GB capacity LPDDR5-5200 or LPDDR5-6400 MT/s memory
- Bluetooth 5.2 compatibility
- large turbofan and double heat pipe
- 4G LTE module
- four speakers with surround sound
- Wi-Fi 6.0 compatibility with up to 2402 Mbps
- Dual PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots, with options for 2280 or 2230 SSD, depending on version
- Hall Sensor analog sticks to limit and prevent drift, a common problem in some game controllers
- QWERTY keyboard with two levels of brightness control
- Thunderbolt 4 eGPU support
- 67 Wh large battery that offers 100 W PD fast charging
- SD and microSD card slots
- HDMI 2.1
- USB 3.2 Gen2 x 4
- ports for 3.5 mm headphones and microphone
- fingerprint sensor
- Windows 11 Home
The system will measure 160mm x 227mm, which is taller but thinner than the Steam Deck’s size of 117mm x 298mm. The default resolution will be 1920 x 1200, but can be changed to offer resolutions of 2560 x 1600. The screen will display 299 PPI, 400 nits of brightness, an 80.2% DCI-P3 color gamut and a 90% aspect ratio. With the inclusion of the AMD Ryzen 7 6800U CPU. Users will receive a maximum turbo speed of 4.7GHz.
As a user experienced with newer handheld computer systems, with my recent review of the Onexplayer MINI AMD 5800U system, users will skip the 128GB version unless they plan to play low-memory games seen in retro-style games or used in older games through the use of ROMS and emulators. Paying extra for the 1TB or 2TB system is more affordable if you plan to put AAA games on the system.
The company has changed its design significantly over the past five or six years. The handheld systems on the market feel more handheld. In contrast, the GPD systems and their hybrid gaming/user/work form factor, which looks more like a laptop and less like a gaming system, makes one wonder if the system will be a viable competitor in the current handheld the market.
If you’re interested in jumping into GPD’s universe of gaming consoles and workstations, you can support the latest crowdfunding campaign here and check out the rest of the GPD line on their official website.
News sources: Indiegogo, GPD