Yes, the handheld gaming market is even more competitive with high-end power and graphics, this time from the GPD company. GPD has released several portable gaming systems for laptops for many years, and they introduced the next wave of their WIN Max portable gaming PC.
GPD Updates WIN Max 2 System with Latest AMD Ryzen 7 6800U CPU and Radeon 680M Graphics Card
The GPD WIN Max 2 stands out from the other systems we’ve covered recently, from the Steam Deck to the Onexplayer, AYANEO systems, and the newest addition to 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 laptop design in previous models over the past five years. Each version of the system supports a laptop-like feel with gaming controls near the flip-out screen.
With GPD’s new design, they announced on Twitter that they would be doing an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign:
Infatuation! Infatuation! GPD WIN MAX 2!
IGG on: July 7 10:00 UTC+8
6800U + 16GB + 128GB, $899, 50 units only, not for retail
6800U + 16GB + 1TB, $999
6800U + 32GB + 1TB, $1199
6800U + 32GB + 2TB, $1299
1260P + 16GB + 1TB, $999
4G LTE, $79
Custom 1TB M.2 2230 SSD, $139
— GPD Game Consoles (@softwincn) July 4, 2022
Now, with the inclusion of the AMD 6800U, as we saw in the AOKZOE A1, the GPD WIN Max 2 will include processor and memory options between 128GB and 2TB, 4G LTE and an SSD M .2 2230 1 TB custom. Pricing will range between $899 and $1299, with a 128GB limit at 50 units.
Some features of the New GPD WIN Max 2 Portable PC Gaming System are:
- 10.1-inch bezel-less display, providing passive eye protection against blue light
- Full metal CNC body in aluminum-magnesium alloy 6061
- options for Intel i7-1260P or AMD Ryzen 7 6800U processors
- GPU graphics options Intel Iris Xe, with 96 EU or AMD Radeon 680M with 12 CU, and both offering the same 768 shaders
- RAM options of 16 GB or 32 GB of LPDDR5-5200 or LPDDR5-6400 MT/s memory
- Bluetooth 5.2 compatibility
- large turbojet engine and double heat pipe
- 4G LTE module
- four speakers providing surround sound
- Wi-Fi 6.0 compatibility up to 2402 Mbps
- Two PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots, with 2280 or 2230 SSD options, depending on version
- Hall Sensor thumbsticks to limit and prevent drift, a common problem in some gamepads
- QWERTY keyboard with two levels of brightness control
- Thunderbolt 4 eGPU support
- Large 67Wh battery offers 100W PD fast charging
- SD and microSD card slots
- HDMI 2.1
- USB 3.2 Gen2x4
- 3.5mm headphone and microphone ports
- fingerprint sensor
- Windows 11 Home
The system will measure 160mm x 227mm, which is taller but thinner than the Steam Deck size of 117mm x 298mm. Default resolution will be 1920 x 1200 but can be scaled to offer 2560 x 1600 resolutions. 90% screen. With the inclusion of the AMD Ryzen 7 6800U processor. Users will receive a maximum turbo speed of 4.7 GHz.
As a user with experience with new portable computing systems, with my recent review on the Onexplayer MINI AMD 5800U system, users will want to skip the 128GB version unless they plan to play games at low memory space which are seen in retro style. games or used in legacy games through the use of ROMS and emulators. It is more accessible to pay the extra for the 1TB or 2TB system if you plan to host AAA games on the system.
The company has changed its design significantly over the past five or six years. Portable systems currently on the market seem more user-friendly. In contrast, GPD systems and their hybrid game/user/work form factor, resembling more a laptop than a gaming system, make one wonder if the system will be a viable competitor in today’s gaming market. laptop.
If you want to get started in the world of GPD gaming consoles and workstations, you can support the latest crowdfunding campaign here and check out the rest of the GPD range on their official website.
Sources of information: Indiegogo, GPD