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.
The reason for this lack of availability is apparently down to manufacturing capacity. The demand for this handheld is greater than the manufacturers anticipated, so it’s only been available in the Chinese market until now.
The GKD350H is the first handheld console to house the Ingenic X1830. It’s a chip that runs at a whopping 1.5Ghz, 500MHz faster than the JZ4770 found in the RG350 and New PocketGo v2.
In real world terms this means a solid 15fps increase is many hard to run games. SuperFX2 games such as Yoshi’s Island on the SNES and Tekken 3 on the PS1 benefit greatly from the X1830. Despite the lack of a GPU, the sheer horsepower of this chip is enough to push through the boundaries that currently hold back some titles on other current devices.
The GKD350H is currently available at AliExpress for about $70. Compared to the RG350 it’s a more powerful device for a slightly cheaper price. Whether the build quality and attention to detail is as good is up for debate though. With only one set of shoulder buttons and a singular analog nub, it’s not as fluent as the RG350. But y’know, at least the dpad is in the right place. And if raw power and hard to emulate games are your thing, then this might be your jam.
It’s available in transparent blue, grey, yellow and smokey grey at AliExpress now. Expect an influx of new videos and reviews in the coming weeks. It’ll be interesting to see how this thing fares against the RG350 and PocketGo V2.