Spot the Difference – The PowKiddy X2

The PowKiddy X2 is a pretty brazen attempt to cash in on the aesthetics of the original Nintendo Switch, even by Chinese standards. But hey, at least they switched the colours over! Whilst the PowKiddy X2 is a Nintendo Switch lookalike, it should be no surprise that underneath that Neon Red and Blue colourway it’s another story.

PowKiddy X2 vs Nintendo Switch

The PowKiddy X2 first showed up in some promotional material earlier this year. It’s now available to buy, and looking at the vague specifications we can glean some things about this new device.

POWKIDDY X2 SPECS

The product page on AliExpress states a 7″ 1024×600 non-touchscreen IPS display. As well as having a HDMI output, the X2 also has 2 Micro USB ports for external controllers. I can’t imagine why they chose Micro USB, I assume an adaptor will be required to use most controllers. It doesn’t look as though any are shipped with the device. Strangely both of these ports are marked as DC 5V, so I assume this is also how you charge the device?

The X2 has 2 analog sticks, ABXY, a split d-pad as well as two shoulder buttons. It doesn’t look as though the controllers detach from the device. The top of the unit also has a MicroSD card slot, headphone output, a volume rocker and an “Open” button.

powkiddy x2 io

The processor is listed as an ARM Cortex A7 at 1.3GHz. Reading between the lines, this could be another RockChip RK3128 machine. That’s the same chip as found in the upcoming Q400 as well as the Aiwo G1000 arcade machine. This particular machine is advertised as having 11 emulators, with PS1 and some arcade machines being the extent of its emulation prowess.

powkiddy x2 emulators

POWKIDDY X2 OPERATING SYSTEM

The UI is new to me. It’s certainly not Android, and it’s a little bit more fancy looking than most of the stock firmware we see. Assuming this is what actually ships on the device, it looks pretty nice. I would guess that it’s built on RetroArch, but don’t take my word for it.

powkiddy x2 operating system

The PowKiddy X2 is available now from the PowKiddy store on AliExpress for $79.99 shipped. Whether it’s worth it or not is anyone’s guess right now. It’d be nice to think that these RK3128 devices will get new OS ports at some point, but the manufacturers sure don’t make it easy for the community developers. It’d be safest to assume you’ll be using the stock OS, at least for now.

PowKiddy X2

7 thoughts on “Spot the Difference – The PowKiddy X2”

  1. I like the format/screen size, but definitely want some reviews before buying. This would be a hard sell over the similarly priced RG350 that already has positive reviews as an emulation station.

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