The Chip That Never Dies – Anbernic RG280V

Before the RG351P was confirmed, a version of this chart was posted on Baidu. It shows the naming convention for Anbernic’s handhelds past and present. The inclusion of a “V” for vertical raised a few eyebrows, as the RG300 didn’t make use of that particular nomenclature. It was of course speculated that a vertical machine was in the pipeline from them, and here it is – the Anbernic RG280V.

The RG280V is the latest in a long line of Ingenic based handhelds from the Anbernic camp. It’s a dinky looking machine which resembles the LDK in some ways, whilst also adding a Famicom aesthetic. I think most people were hoping for the CPU digit to be a 1 or 2, but it doesn’t come as much surprise to see a zero. The zero of course indicating that this will be yet another JZ4770 handheld.

Anbernic RG280V


The RG280V is set to come in two colours. Classic famicom red and gold, as well as a black and brushed steel style finish.

Anbernic RG280V Retro Gaming Handheld

We can see that the RG280V is aimed at the same customer base as the LDK. That is, gamers who aren’t really interested in analog sticks, and prioritise portability over anything else. The RG280V looks as though it has a brushed metal face plate reminiscent of the Famicom controller. Inputs on the front are limited to a d-pad, start, select and ABXY buttons. The top of the device reveals L1/L2/R1/R2 buttons as well as a USB Type C charging port and headphone jack. The shoulder buttons seem to have an unusual configuration, with the R1 and L1 overlapping the back of R2 and L2.

Anbernic RG-280V Retro Gaming Handheld

The naming convention implies that the handheld will contain a 2.8″ LCD, probably the same one as the RG280. It will undoubtedly be running OpenDingux out of the box, and therefore will support most emulators up to and including the PS1. Other fifth generation machines such as N64 and Sega Saturn won’t be supported.


As of early October the RG280V is not yet available, and the price hasn’t been divulged. I would expect to see this handheld in time for Christmas, and would hope that the smaller form factor and fewer inputs will mean it’s cheaper than other JZ4770 machines already on the market.

I’ll update this post with more information and images once available. You can quickly get back to this post via the “Forthcoming Handhelds” menu.

7 thoughts on “The Chip That Never Dies – Anbernic RG280V”

  1. This seems interesting and would be worth picking up if it’s $40 or less to let the kids carry around.

    Also, glad to see the increase in posts, I missed your updates! 🙂

    Any chance we can get a 2nd look at the Retroid Pocket 2 once Android 8.0 drops later this month?

    • I did have one on pre-order but after 5 weeks I cancelled it. I’ll order one when they’re widely available and do a proper review. I’ll probably be the last person on the internet to review it, though.

  2. My RG350 has always been more of a headache for me than anything because of the sticks and because my screen happened to break (I’ve replaced it now, but bleh). I’m hoping this thing is cheap as it looks like it would be a much more suitable mobile retro Fire Emblem and other retro games machine for me. Then, I would get something like the Gameforce for a more comfortable handheld retro gaming session in bed.


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