When rumblings of the PocketGo S30 first started it was due to be another RK3326 OGA clone device. They even went with the same 3:2 ratio 480×320 display in preparation. But I know from speaking to the BittBoy/PocketGo team that they’re not keen on EmuELEC as it can be difficult to get to grips with. At some point they decided to try and keep things simple by going a different direction, whilst for whatever reason (possibly price) also going with different hardware.
In January it’ll be a year since HardKernel surprised us all with their DIY handheld based on the RockChip RK3326. Since then we’ve been inundated with Chinese versions which in most cases make very little improvements to HK’s original design. 2021 will see the release of the HardKernel Odroid-Go Super (OGS) which promises some real improvements, though maybe not the ones we were hoping for.
Hot off the press comes another handheld from the makers of the PocketGo series, the PocketGo S30. If the S30 looks familiar, it’s because there’s a line of controllers from 8BitDo that the S30 is based on. Word is that the designer of those controllers also had a hand in the design of the PocketGo S30.
Anbernic’s latest handheld is the same old hardware in a shiny new shell. The original LDK first pushed this design style, but Anbernic have improved and polished it. The dinky little Anbernic RG280V is cute as a button, but do we need it?
The onslaught of new handhelds never ends. The Trimui Model S is doing the rounds on the Chinese forums, and it seems to be from a manufacturer we’ve not seen before.
If the likes of the RG280V and GKD Mini aren’t quite small enough for you, get your magnifying glass out because there’s a few even tinier handhelds on their way. The FunKey S retro handheld is first up, but there may be a couple of others on their way too.
We’ve all become quite used to a bit of a fanfare when a new handheld gets announced. Promo videos, pre-orders, even the occasional countdown. But sometimes one just appears out of nowhere, and in those cases they’re usually not worth the plastic they’re made from. But not always! Let’s have a look at the Family Pocket FC3000.
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The last couple of days have seen the confirmation of two new Windows based handhelds due to be released soon. GPD return with their highly anticipated Win 3, whereas newcomers to the game AYA are set to release the AYA NEO in China very soon.
There have been murmurings for a couple of months now, but it looks like this vertical handheld is now confirmed as the upcoming PowKiddy RGB20.
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.