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?
After speaking with the folks at PowKiddy it looks like this runs on familiar hardware. The rep told me that the CPU is a QuanZhi F1, so it’s probably an AllWinner F1C100S. This is the same chip found in the PocketGo V1 and is a fairly capable CPU for older generation consoles. It’s probably running the same NxHope firmware as the PocketGo, which is very good and has some community development too. Although they claim PS1 emulation is possible, it’s unlikely that many games will run well. This is assuming they gave me the correct CPU information though!
The PowKiddy Q90 has the similar chunky aesthetics as the LDK Landscape, but it has smoother rounded corners and a more playful look. It has a removable battery, and it’ll apparently have a rumble motor that works in PS1, GBA and NES games.
Production of the PowKiddy Q90 is in progress and it will begin shipping before the end of December. For $50 it’s a tough sell, especially considering the PocketGo v1 is still available. If you’re after something more powerful, the RG350, PGv2 and GKD 350H are the obvious choices. But if you like The PowKiddy Q90’s Nintendo-esque looks and don’t mind the price then it should be a fairly decent handheld.
The PowKiddy Q90 is available at AliExpress for just under $50 now.