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GPD reveals their WIN 2 Handheld gaming PC

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GPD reveals their WIN 2 Handheld gaming PC

GPD reveals their WIN 2 Handheld gaming PC

The Chinese company GPD has launched a new Windows 10 gaming handheld called the WIN 2, a high-performance games console that is said to support AAA games on the go. 

While this goal may seem unachievable, GPD has managed to fit a gaming PC into the form factor that is similar to Nintendo DS XL, offering a 6-inch 720p screen and both keyboard and gamepad control options integrated into the frame of the device.

This device will be powered by an Intel m3-7Y30, a low power Intel SoC (Intel Ark page here) that offers two 7th generation Kaby Lake cores with base/boost clock speeds of 1.0/2.6 GHz with an Intel 9th generation HD 615 graphics chip. Let's be honest here; this chip is only good enough for gaming due to this device's low resolution. 


GPD reveals their WIN 2 Handheld gaming PC


When compared to this device's predecessor the GPD WIN, the WIN 2 offers a 2.2x boost in graphics performance and a larger performance boost in single-threaded workloads. The system has also been upgraded to use a replaceable M.2 SSD instead of integrated eMMC memory, allowing game loading to be up to 4x faster on the new WIN 2. 

This device also offers support for external storage though MicroSD and USB flash devices. The M.2 support on this handheld gaming device is restricted, only providing support for M.2 2042 cards, which means that this system will not support M.2 SSDs that are longer than 42mm.    

  
GPD reveals their WIN 2 Handheld gaming PC  GPD reveals their WIN 2 Handheld gaming PC

 

Alongside the device's ultra-compact keyboard that WIN 2 supports standard Gamepad controls, offering two joysticks, a thumbpad, standard XYAB buttons and R1/2/3 and L1/2/3 buttons on the rear of the device. 

GPD states that this handheld supports popular games like GTA V, Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch and League of Legends at playable framerates, offering a large list of games that can be played on the system on their IndieGoGo page. Even so, it is hard to consider this device as something that will withstand the test of time given the high system requirements of some modern titles. 

Below are the specifications of the WIN 2's prototype: 

* Intel Core m3-7Y30
* lntel HD Graphics 615
* 6 inches H-IPS Technology
* 8GB Memory
* M.2 SSD 128GB, Replaceable, No Capacity Ceiling
* 162×99×25mm
* ABS + Aluminum alloy
* 2×4900mAh, In Series
* About 6~8 hours of battery life, it should depend on the actual working conditions


  
GPD reveals their WIN 2 Handheld gaming PC

 

  
Right now this unit has already smashed its IndieGoGo goal of $100,000, reaching over 10x this target. During the handheld's IndieGoGo campaign the device will be sold for $649, giving users an early access $150 discount on the device. The WIN 2 is expected to ship in May. 

You can learn more about this device on GPD's IndieGoGo page here. This page includes the device's full specifications.  

You can join the discussion on GPD's WIN 2 Handheld PC gaming console on the OC3D Forums

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16-01-2018, 12:46:07

wozza365
The m3's are way better than the Atom's they used previously but these devices make so much more sense with a Ryzen+Vega APU. Stick one of those in and you've got some new games playable.Quote

16-01-2018, 13:09:52

WYP
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Originally Posted by wozza365 View Post
The m3's are way better than the Atom's they used previously but these devices make so much more sense with a Ryzen+Vega APU. Stick one of those in and you've got some new games playable.
The only problem is that AMD doesn't make an APU with a low enough TDP. Raven Ridge is for laptops, not 4.5-7W systems.

I do agree though that the device could be a lot better if they could fit an AMD APU in there. Raven Ridge would be epic on a small 720p screen like this.

TBH looking at this my thoughts are, buy a cheap laptop and a Nintendo Switch.Quote

16-01-2018, 13:12:42

AlienALX
$649. Ahahahahahahahaha.Quote

16-01-2018, 16:08:19

looz
The compute stick with that CPU is like $400, sounds quite reasonable actually.Quote

16-01-2018, 16:35:11

AlienALX
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Originally Posted by looz View Post
The compute stick with that CPU is like $400, sounds quite reasonable actually.
Wouldn't buy that either lol.Quote
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