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GPD Win Max 2 is a mini gaming laptop with Intel Core i7-1280P or Ryzen 7 6800U options and up to 32GB RAM

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GPD’s next portable gaming PC will be a mini laptop powered by a choice of an Intel Core i7-1280P Alder Lake processor with 14 cores, 20 threads and Intel Iris Xe graphics or an AMD Ryzen 7 6800U chip with 8 cores, 16-threads and Radeon 680M graphics based on RDNA 2 architecture.

First announced in March, the next GPD Win Max 2 has a 10.1-inch screen and supports up to 32 GB of RAM, has room for two SSDs, a QWERTY keyboard and integrated game controllers. It will be available for pre-order via a crowdfunding campaign later this year, and GPD has started sharing the real world pictures and videos showing the new design.

The Win Max 2 measures 227 x 160 x 23mm (8.9″ x 6.3″ x 0.9″), making it a bit larger than the previous generation model (which had an 8 inches and measures 207 x 145 x 26 mm (8.1″ x 5.7″ x 1″)). But it’s not this much larger, thanks to thinner bezels surrounding the screen.

The Win Max 2 has a 2560 x 1600 pixel screen, although GPD sets the resolution to 1920 x 1200 pixels on Windows for better gaming performance. Users should be able to adjust this if they wish.

GPD previously opted for lower resolution displays like the original GPD Win Max’s 1280 x 800 pixel panel because you usually get better performance from integrated graphics when you’re not asking the GPU to push that many pixels. But the company says the latest chips from Intel and AMD both bring significant improvements to integrated graphics, allowing many recent games to run at 45 to 60 frames per second at lower resolutions.

The screen also supports 10-point capacitive touch input and has an active digitizer that supports 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity when used with a Microsoft Surface Pen or other pen that supports the protocol. Microsoft pen.

Models with Intel chips use 5200 MHz LPDDR5 memory, have two Thunderbolt ports, and draw 20 to 64 watts of power, while AMD versions top out at 30 watts and have two USB4 ports that aren’t Thunderbolt-certified. But a GPD Win Max 2 with an AMD processor has faster memory, with 6400 MHz LPDDR5 RAM.

Both versions will be available with 16GB or 32GB of RAM and 1TB or 2TB of PCIe NVMe solid-state storage. There’s also an M.2 2230 slot that can be used to add a second SSD without removing the back cover, as well as a second slot for an optional 4G LTE module.

GPD Win Max 2 (Intel) GPD Win Max 2 (AMD)
Display 10.1 inches
2560 x 1600 pixels
10 point capacitive touch
Stylus support (4096 levels pressure sensitivity)
10.1 inches
2560 x 1600 pixels
10 point capacitive touch
Stylus support (4096 levels pressure sensitivity)
Processor Intel Core i7-1280P
14 cores / 20 threads
20W – 64W power consumption
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
8 cores / 16 threads
Up to 30W power consumption
GPUs Intel Iris Xe
96 execution units
768 stream processors
Up to 1.45GHz
AMD Radeon 680M
RDNA2 Architecture
12 computer units
768 stream processors
Up to 2.2GHz
RAM LPDDR5-5200
16 GB or 32 GB
Supports up to 64 GB
LPDDR5-6400
16 GB or 32 GB
Supports up to 64 GB
Storage M.2 2280 & M.2 2230
PCIe Gen 4.0 and PCIe Gen 3
Sold with 1 TB or 2 TB
Supports up to 16TB (8TB per slot)
SD card reader
microSD card reader
M.2 2280 & M.2 2230
PCIe Gen 4.0 and PCIe Gen 3
Sold with 1 TB or 2 TB
Supports up to 16TB (8TB per slot)
SD card reader
microSD card reader
Ports 2x Thunderbolt 4
3x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
1 HDMI 2.1 port
2 USB ports4
3x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
1 HDMI 2.1 port
Audio Video Four speakers
3.5mm audio jack
Webcam (under the screen)
Four speakers
3.5mm audio jack
Webcam (under the screen)
To input QWERTY keyboard (backlit)
game controllers
Motion detectors
QWERTY keyboard (backlit)
game controllers
Motion detectors
Security Fingerprint sensor Fingerprint sensor
loading 65W USB Type-C 65W USB Type-C
Wireless Wireless
Bluetooth
4G LTE (optional)
Wireless
Bluetooth
4G LTE (optional)

There’s also a microSD card reader with support for cards up to 2TB and speeds of up to 300MB/s, a built-in camera (under the screen, like the camera on the mini laptop GPD P2 Max), four speakers, one fan, backlit keyboard and aluminum-magnesium alloy chassis.

Ports include two Thunderbolt 4 or USB4 ports, three USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports, one full-size HDMI 2.1 port, and the laptop has a larger battery than the original GPD Win Max and supports 65 fast charging W.

The system is actively cooled, which means there is a fan inside the case that will generate noise. But it would be weird to ship a handheld with that much power, position it as a gaming machine, and not have active cooling.

GPD updated the design of the Win Max a bit, with the power button moved to the side of the device (previous models had it above the keyboard). There’s also a fingerprint reader built into the power button.

And the keyboard has been redesigned, with larger caps lock, tab and number keys, among others. While touch input wasn’t that difficult on the Win Max, it should be easier on the Win Max 2.

GPD also adds covers for the joysticks to the mix, allowing you to transform the aesthetics of the Win Max 2 so that it looks like a more traditional laptop rather than a gaming device.

There are still two analog sticks, a D-Pad, X, Y, A, and B buttons, and other keys positioned above the keyboard that let you hold the Win Max 2 like an oversized Nintendo DS, but you can cover them. so that only the trackpad is visible.

There are shoulder buttons with linear triggers, dual vibration motors, and 3-axis gravity and 3-axis gyro sensors for motion controls. There are also two buttons at the bottom which can be mapped by users to perform various actions.

All told, the Win Max 2 looks like a behemoth gaming handheld that’s an upgrade in almost every way over the previous-gen models…but which I have to imagine will also be quite expensive , given its technical sheet. And that could make it a tough sell when the Steam Deck starts at just $399, and other upcoming handhelds (with less power) have even lower starting prices.

That said, the Steam Deck doesn’t have a physical keyboard and while it has some of the most powerful graphics available on a handheld, the Win Max 2 will have a significant advantage when it comes to CPU power, which which might make it a better solution for people looking for a portable gaming PC that can be used as a full-fledged all-around PC.

Pricing and availability will most likely be announced closer to release.

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This article was first published on March 26, 2022 and most recently updated on June 11, 2022.

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