The Anbernic RG35XX officially dropped today, but the device was still shrouded in mystery until the order page went live. A marketing trick, or a way of delaying disappointment?
Hot on the heels of Retroid’s newest machine comes the Anbernic RG505. Both manufacturers have chosen the same SoC this time around, and the end results are two very similar handhelds. Despite this, there are some differences between the consoles, let’s take a look.
Anbernic’s latest vertical handheld comes in two flavours, with slightly different hardware specs and software options. As usual, community developers have already started work on replacing the stock OS, and ArkOS 2.0 is now available to replace the stock Batocera install on the Anbernic RG353V.
Rumours that Anbernic would be releasing their own Windows powered handheld have been rife for a while, but we now know it to be true. There is now a page devoted to the Anbernic Win600 windows handheld on their website, and we also now know its specs.
What I would give to be a fly on the wall at Anbernic’s R&D meetings. The constant crawling iteration and arbitrary hardware and design choices are quite fascinating to me. Don’t get me wrong – cynical headline aside, the Anbernic RG353P seems alright, but the mind boggles at how they arrived at this product.
Anbernic have upended their design language to bring us the RG503. Sporting a big and vibrant 5″ OLED and a new SoC, lets take a look at what they’ve created.
The Anbernic RG503 has made its debut and is now available to purchase. The RG503 looks to be a low to mid tier device with a couple of nice features, and a couple of apparent oversights too.
The Anbernic RG552 is part of a wave of more powerful handhelds due to be released in 2021 and beyond. The RG552 takes Anbernic’s well established design aesthetic and adds a larger screen as well as a much needed bump in performance. The Anbernic RG552 is now available, but brace yourself for the price!
Anbernic have finally created a landscape RK3326 handheld with a 4:3 aspect ratio display. The Anbernic RG351MP has been rumoured since at least June and was considered to be cancelled, but is now confirmed and available to order.
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.