After a lengthy and slightly worrisome stint at the sorting office in Heathrow, my GPD XD Plus finally arrived on a warm morning back in April 2018. I used it on the stock firmware for nearly 3 years before reading an interesting update regarding Android 10. At this point I decided it might be time to revisit the GPD XD Plus.
Hot on the heels of the other two recent vertical devices, here comes the GKD Mini handheld from LaoZhang. The GKD mini is another portrait mode handheld that promises a boost in performance over the RG350 series from Anbernic.
In the never ending barrage of incremental upgrades, Anbernic are the latest team to release a portrait mode handheld based on the RK3326 chip. Aside from the change in orientation, the Anbernic RG351V does offer a couple of other nice features.
Another day, another RK3326 handheld. The GameForce RK3326 is gearing up for release, and it has at least one feature that sets it apart from the rest.
The Gameforce is currently in mass production but the software is still being tweaked. You can see from this older video that there were some rotation and scaling problems to overcome initially. However, those rotational issues hint towards the reason this thing is different from the others.
This year should see two devices released with a chip we’ve never seen in gaming handhelds before. The Unisoc Tiger T618 looks to be notably more powerful than the RockChip RK3326 found in the OGA and clones. Let’s take a look at two handhelds due to debut this year powered by the Unisoc T618.
When rumblings of the PocketGo S30 first started it was due to be another RK3326 OGA clone device. They even went with the same 3:2 ratio 480×320 display in preparation. But I know from speaking to the BittBoy/PocketGo team that they’re not keen on EmuELEC as it can be difficult to get to grips with. At some point they decided to try and keep things simple by going a different direction, whilst for whatever reason (possibly price) also going with different hardware.
Occasionally something comes along that shakes things up a bit. HardKernel did it at the start of 2020, but it looks as though there might be a new benchmark soon. The KT R1 handheld promises a lot, and could be the one that a lot of people have been waiting for.
In January it’ll be a year since HardKernel surprised us all with their DIY handheld based on the RockChip RK3326. Since then we’ve been inundated with Chinese versions which in most cases make very little improvements to HK’s original design. 2021 will see the release of the HardKernel Odroid-Go Super (OGS) which promises some real improvements, though maybe not the ones we were hoping for.
Hot off the press comes another handheld from the makers of the PocketGo series, the PocketGo S30. If the S30 looks familiar, it’s because there’s a line of controllers from 8BitDo that the S30 is based on. Word is that the designer of those controllers also had a hand in the design of the PocketGo S30.
Anbernic’s latest handheld is the same old hardware in a shiny new shell. The original LDK first pushed this design style, but Anbernic have improved and polished it. The dinky little Anbernic RG280V is cute as a button, but do we need it?