Can GPD Crack The Android Console Once and For All?

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Past attempts at the Android home console have mostly missed the mark, some coming closer than others. The biggest decision a manufacturer has to make is whether to lock the system into their own closed app store or not. The benefit of doing so is that you can be sure every game will work properly with the device, but it means that you have to purchase your favourite games AGAIN. This can make a lot of people understandably reluctant to indulge. The benefit of access to Google Play is obvious but it can mean that certain titles don’t work, either due to the need for a controller or just incompatibilities due to the nature of the unconventional hardware used.

GPD have a short but reasonably successful history in the handheld market, their late 2013 G5A and G7 surpassing every single one of JXDs attempts in terms of build quality and software support. It’s with some optimism then that we take a look at their upcoming home console.

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GPD’s G5A Is Shipping

It’s here. The worlds first 5 inch RK3188 Android handheld has arrived. I bought one, I don’t know why – I expect it to suffer all of the same problems as JXD’s machines, and possibly more. I like to imagine that GPD have been quietly watching from the sidelines for all this time, noting the …

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New Kids On The Block

For a few months now there have been renders of a rather unusual looking machine from a company called GPD being posted around the usual websites. The 7 inch handheld appears to be the child of a tablet and a Playstation-esque controller, promising what could be one of the most ergonomic interpretations of the giant …

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Archos Is Back For Round Two

After the mediocre success of the Gamepad it looks as though Archos is going to be having another stab at the 7 inch handheld market. The Gamepad 2 improves on the original in many ways, this time with a higher resolution 1280×800 panel and the quad core RK3188 instead of the dual core RK3066 found …

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iPega Announce Three New RK3188 Handhelds At IFA 2013

 

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Whether or not iPega’s last handheld ever made it to market I don’t know, it’s possible that the machines being shown off at IFA in Berlin this year are a result of some fine tuning and remodelling of the older design. Will these ever make it to market either? Apparently they will, in “2 to 3 months”, but as usual there is no mention of them on the sparse looking iPega website so we’ll have to see.

So they’ve got three handhelds in the works. There’s the usual 7 inch affair which is a very common theme at the moment for some reason, a 5 inch clam shell design quite obviously inspired by the Nvidia Shield and another 5 inch design that looks like a scaled down version of the 7 inch. The only working device on show at IFA was the 7 inch, the other 2 look like empty shells at the moment – possibly still in development then.

All devices are said to run on the RK3188 with 2GB RAM, the only differences between them being the screen size and aesthetics.

Video after the break courtesy of minipcpro.

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