The following handheld gaming PC from GPD could have a model new design… that’s impressed by a somewhat outdated design.
The upcoming GPD Win 3 is a gaming PC that’s in regards to the measurement of a Nintendo Change Lite, and which appears a bit like one two – there’s a 5.5 inch touchscreen show surrounded by recreation controllers.
However for those who slide the display upward, you’ll reveal a hidden keyboard that can be utilized to enter textual content in video games (or different apps). If the design appears acquainted, that’s as a result of it’s closely impressed by the Sony Vaio UX line of handheld computer systems from virtually 15 years in the past.
GPD’s mannequin is an all-new tackle the design although, with upgraded parts together with an Intel Tiger Lake processor and Intel Iris Xe graphics.
The GPD Win 3 will go up for pre-order by an Indiegogo crowdfunding marketing campaign that’s tentatively scheduled for January, 2021, and it ought to ship to backers in April or Could. Pricing hasn’t been introduced but.
GPD has been making handheld gaming computer systems for a number of years, however up till now they’ve all featured clamshell designs. That implies that they fold like a laptop computer. Elevate the display on the GPD Win, Win 2, or Win Max and also you reveal a small keyboard and built-in recreation controllers.
However whereas that design is sensible for a laptop computer that rests on a desk, desk, or lap, it may be a bit extra awkward for a gaming gadget that’s meant to be held in your fingers like a Nintendo Change.
So GPD determined to strive constructing a mannequin you can maintain like a Change. However not like Nintendo’s handheld recreation consoler, the GPD Win 3 is a full-fledged laptop able to taking part in PC video games. And because it has a keyboard, you should use it to enter usernames, chat, or use different functions that require textual content enter.
However make no mistake, the Win 3 is at the start a gaming laptop. The keyboard is a capacitive contact keyboard – the keys register your faucets the identical approach a touchscreen does, however they gained’t transfer while you press them. That might make contact typing a bit tough for some customers, though it does enable the keyboard to take up rather less house than it could if the keys moved.
You could possibly theoretically use the GPD Win 3 as a productiveness gadget. However its design and have set had been clearly chosen for gaming.
GPD has geared up the sport controllers with twin vibration motors, analog L2 and R2 buttons, and twin analog sticks that may work as L3 and R3 buttons while you press down, amongst different issues.
And whereas the corporate says the unique plan had been to make use of an Intel Tiger Lake Y-series processor, however the firm finally determined to go for a higher-power U-series chip with the intention to assist quicker information switch speeds for total higher efficiency. With the best single-core CPU efficiency, quicker reminiscence, and built-in graphics that may finest NVIDIA’s GeForce MX350 or MX450 discrete GPUs in some circumstances, the Win 3 can be GPD’s strongest handheld gaming laptop so far.
When you’d somewhat have a lot of these options in a tool with a bigger display and keyboard although, GPD does plan to supply a model of the GPD Win Max with a Tiger Lake processor finally. You simply might have to attend till later in 2021 or perhaps early 2022 to get your fingers on one.
Whereas GPD has been one of many driving forces behind the emergence of a contemporary handheld gaming PC renaissance, there’s rising competitors on this house. Rival One Netbook plans to launch a OneGx Pro mini-laptop with a Tiger Lake-Y processor quickly. The upcoming AYA Neo handheld options an AMD Ryzen 4000U processor with Radeon graphics. And perhaps the Smach Z will really ship someday.
However there’s nothing at present available on the market that’s fairly just like the GPD Win 3 – a contemporary handheld gaming PC with high-performance CPU, GPU, storage, and reminiscence and a slider-style design that permits you to use a keyboard while you want it, and conceal it while you don’t.
Oh, and there’s additionally an elective docking station that permits you to rapidly and simply join an exterior show, permitting you to make use of the identical laptop for gaming on the go (or round the home) and in your TV or monitor.
That doesn’t imply that that is essentially the proper gaming gadget for everybody although. GPD opted for a 720p show, despite the fact that the Tiger Lake processor ought to simply be capable to deal with a higher-resolution panel. There’s no gyroscopic sensor for movement controls. And whereas the Win 3 is in regards to the measurement of a Nintendo Change Lite when it comes to size and width, it’s somewhat chunky for a handheld.
Right here’s a run-down of all of the specs which were confirmed to this point, however understand that with launch nonetheless a number of months away, it’s potential that some specs or options may nonetheless change.
84-percent NTSC colour gamut
Gorilla Glass 5
Slides as much as reveal keyboard
|CPU||As much as Intel Core i7-1165G7|
|GPU||As much as Intel Iris Xe (96 eu)|
|Storage||m.2 2280 PCIe NVMe SSD
microSDXC card reader (helps A2 playing cards with 160MB/s speeds)
|Charging||65W energy adapter (1.5 hours for a full cost)|
|Ports||1 x Thunderbolt 4
1 x USB 4
1 x USB Kind-A
1 x HDMI
1 x 3.5mm audio
|Cooling||Lively (fan + twin warmth pipes)|
Hidden behind display
|Sport controllers||Analog L2/R2 triggers
Twin analog sticks (press down for L3/R3)
X, Y, A, B keys
Twin vibration motors
|Docking station||Play video games whereas docked|