While we wait for this promised influx of powerful new handhelds to arrive, the drip feed of machines powered by relics of the past continues. One of these new offerings is the Anbernic RG300X and takes the form of a scaled up Game Boy Micro. Once rumoured to be using a newer and more powerful Ingenic chip, the latest leaks about this handheld suggest otherwise.
With the announcement of the Anbernic RG552, we’ve all been waiting with bated breath for any smidgen of news. Whether it’s still chip shortages causing delays or something else, here we are with yet another JZ4770 device.
RG300X SPECS AND DESIGN
The Anbernic RG300X is modelled very closely on a scaled up version of the Game Boy Micro. Differences in the design include the addition of two extra face buttons and two more shoulder buttons. The RG300X is basically an RG350M with the analog sticks removed, a smaller LCD and the clothes of a Game Boy Micro. The RG300X has a 3″ LCD at 640×480, the same resolution as the RG350M.
The below images taken from the promo video shows dual microSD slots, dual USB-C ports and a HDMI on top too.
The RG300X is rather a lot bigger than a Game Boy Micro, as you’ve likely guessed based on the 3″ LCD. Here’s a comparison courtesy of NOirBRight.
The shell actually looks very similar to the Raspberry Pi powered Waveshare GPM280. There are many differences around ports and button placements though, so it’s unlikely to be using the same shell. And of course, the internals of the RG300X are vastly different.
The trusty old JZ4770 CPU is filling a gap here while the delays around Anbernic’s RG552 are ironed out. It’ll of course run OpenDingux, just like all other JZ4770 devices. The RG300X is available in two colours. Maroon/gold and silver/black.
The RG300X is listed now and the the countdown is ticking on Anbernic’s website. You know, for $60 I would have shrugged and said fair enough. For $88, I don’t think so. Non-affiliated link below.
13 thoughts on “The Anbernic RG300X Pokes At Your Game Boy Micro Nostalgia”
In some websites this is listed with the exact same price of RGB20 (!!!)
I do not really understand whether it’s because of the smell of brand new or just because.
Either way this is an easy pass. Next, please!
Dang, so you don’t think $88 is justifiable?
… what if the buttons quality justifies it?
Also I do like the design, Im thinking this could be my second handheld loool
To be honest, if I liked the design and didn’t already have a load of jz4770 machines I might be tempted. I think it’s ugly, wasn’t a huge fan of the GBM for the same reason but at least that had the cuteness factor because of its size. I can’t imagine there’s going to be anything “wrong” with it, so if it takes your fancy then go wild
Haha yeah, I can’t blame you, I never wanted a GBM either, I guess I’ll comment here in the future when I get one!
Is there some reason no one is making a gb micro with more buttons?
Derp. Design patents. 3 more years before ot can happen.
Why they keep making smaller and smaller screen? My eyes will feel sore playing in this tiny screen. My eyes is not as good as when I’m younger
3 inches is bigger than their previous 2.8 inch models, and this one is high res enough to look good with noninteger scaling.
There are plenty of 5, and even 7 inch handhelds out there, too, grandpa. Also no one is stopping you from getting a tablet and a controller.
It looks like this is actually 2.8″ from what reviewers have said.
Going from how it looks on a picture, I’m a little scared of how it will feel with A and B being more separated from each other than the GB Micro.
One of the things I liked about the RG351V was that it has all face buttons close together and it’s somehow easier to play than things with more separated buttons.
Hope I’m wrong 😀