The thought of handheld gaming PCs with inbuilt qwerty keyboard and thumbsticks seems absurd at all levels. But the people at GPD are trying to break into a small and niche market with their upcoming GPD Win 2 Max. This “portable PC” packs an AMD APU in its belt, which is allegedly powered by a 25W AMD Ryzen CPU and a Vega GPU. The Win 2 Max is a follow-up to the GPD Win 2 which was powered by Intel’s Kaby-Lake chipset.
The new Win 2 Max’s chipset is also expected to work at 15W power for increased battery life, and a 7-inch touch display which will be touted with a resolution of 1280×800 resolution and 8GB RAM. These specs surely won’t be able to run the latest AAA games at maximum settings but with a bit of compromise, it might just work.
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The Win 2 Max will also feature a 128GB user replaceable M.2 SSD with 4900 mAh battery underneath. Furthermore, the older GPD Win was notorious for its overheating issues, and it would be interesting to see how the company tackles this issue while simultaneously trying to compete against the handheld giant – Nintendo Switch, and its big library of exclusive games.
While the device is expected to ship later this year, the official price hasn’t been revealed yet, but going by its previous iteration, it should lie between $750 – $850 USD.
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“it would be interesting to see how the company tackles this issue while simultaneously trying to compete against the handheld giant – Nintendo Switch”
They aren’t competitors at all IMO. Their price point and features only overlap in the fact that they are both useable in a handheld mode.
I’m more interested in whether or not they decide to make the device more affordable. I’d pay $500 for one with an AMD chip but IMO it’s not really worth more than that. At $600 and up I might as well just pimp the f*ck out of my current PC.
I have the original and it chugs on big name games but is a delightful indie box. I probably have saved money buying games on steam sale rather than on the Switch and Vita. Really glad they are keeping the line alive!