Hardkernel have kicked off 2020 with the surprise release of their new Linux powered handheld – the Odroid-Go Advance. This is the second handheld from HardKernel and promises to deliver magnitudes more raw power than it’s older brother. I’ve had mine for a couple of weeks now. It’s a very impressive handheld in many areas, but the Odroid-Go Advance has a long journey ahead. Read on for the Odroid-Go Advance hands on and review.
I am probably the last person on the internet to review this handheld. I was in two minds whether it was worth it at this stage. The main reason for the extreme lateness of this review are the problems I had with the d-pad and buttons. I thought that this was only an issue with the pre-production units, so I waited patiently for a replacement. Unfortunately it looks like some retail versions are affected by unresponsive buttons as well. My second replacement New PocketGo is a little better, but still not perfect. Read on for my New PocketGo Review.
This thing popped up on Baidu a couple of days ago. Release date is unknown, but it certainly looks about ready for prime time given the video below. Although nothing is confirmed yet, it looks like the Q400 is a RockChip powered handheld running on Linux.
Mini arcade machines are not something I’ve covered on this site before, so let’s fix that. The first versions have been around for a couple of years now, and more keep on coming. They also seem to be getting bigger! So without further ado, let’s have a look at what’s available right now.
Some people are reporting issues with the d-pad on the New PocketGo V2 and on the black PlayGo. In fact I also require a replacement unit as mine is faulty too. This is why there’s been no review here yet. I initially thought it was a problem with my unit only, but in the past …
Back in 2018 they released the Odroid-Go as a celebration of their 10th year as a company. Now, two years later Hardkernel are back with the Odroid-Go Advance.
Borrowing colour schemes from Nintendo is a great way to create interest in a handheld, and PowKiddy have done that with their Q90 handheld. The PowKiddy Q90 is an ARM9 machine in a familiar (ahem) turquoise shell and it’ll be shipping this month. Oh, did I mention PowKiddy Q90 looks like a Switch Lite Mini?
It’s been a turbulent ride getting to this point. The GKD350H has been sporadically available to the Chinese market for the past few months, but global availability has been non existent until now.
Before getting too excited about the Digi Dock, bear in mind that this may be another DIY style device like the ZPG. The Digi Dock is yet another mysterious handheld from China, and it’s possible that it’ll only be available in limited batches.