GPD Win Max 2021 gaming handheld comes with a 5GHz Intel CPU option and 1TB SSD

midian182

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In brief: The Steam Deck isn't the only handheld gaming machine people are anticipating. GPD's WIN Max 2021, the sequel to the GDP WIN Max, starts its Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign today. For those who don't know, it's a device that's more akin to a mini laptop with a built-in controller.

The upcoming handheld looks similar to last year's model, keeping the same clamshell design, mini backlit keyboard, and integrated controller. But there are several upgrades, the most significant being the option of AMD Ryzen 4000 or 11th-gen Intel Core processors.

Those opting for team red will get an 8-core/16-thread Ryzen 7 4800U low-power APU with Radeon Vega graphics, but if you want more out of your games, there's the 4-core/8-thread Intel Core i7-1195G7 that can boost to 5GHz.

GPD says the better single-threaded performance of Rocket Lake means buyers should pick the Intel option for gaming. It has some impressive figures, including 89 fps in Metro Exodus and 66 fps in Microsoft Flight simulator (low to medium settings). The Ryzen APU can't match that, but you do get a chip more suited for productivity tasks—and it lasts longer.

The 8-inch H-IPS screen offers a 1280 x 800 resolution, which works out at 188 PPI. It also has a maximum brightness of 500 nits, 90% DCI-P3 color coverage, and gorilla glass. Internally, there's a 1TB NVMe SSD—more than the Steam Deck's maximum 512GB—16 GB of LPDDR4 dual channel memory, and user-definable 20W, 25W or 28W TDPs.

Port-wise, the Intel version comes with two Thunderbolt 4 ports and the AMD option has two USB 3.2 Type C. There's also two USB 3.2 Type-A ports, one HDMI 2.0, one Gigabit Ethernet, and a 3.5 mm audio jack. It starts at $999 (both CPU options), but that goes up to $1,250 after the campaign, which is a lot more expensive than the Steam Deck's $399 starting price.

There's good news for owners of older GPD WIN Max handhelds. Users can buy the latest model's mainboard/memory upgrade—Intel or AMD—for $699. This will increase to $837 (Intel) and $937 (AMD) after the campaign. The upgrade doesn't include the SSD as that is user-replaceable.

h/t: Lilliputing

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petert

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Its great that it comes with a keyboard, though those controller buttons do not look ergonomic in any way.
And that price point, oof.
I had (still do) the first version, the one with an atom cpu - the controller buttons are OK in emulators. They are a pain to use (as a mouse replacement) in most of the games. I play mostly older titles due to the atom cpu limited abilities. The keyboard was crap (let's just say that using WSAD to play a shooter on it is ... very challenging), but it had to accomodate a very small screen back then.

You pay for portability, but the battery life is generally bad and the first generations had a much smaller screen (5.5 - 6 inches). Everything was freakishly small, a good eye sight was a must. This was around the era when Windows tablets were in fashion (around Windows 8). IMO the minimum screen size should be 7 - 9 inches which will also (most likely) ensure a passable keyboard experience. I have watched all the GPD products releases since 2016 - 2017 but I am yet to buy another one. Since then, I found that I always carry a laptop wherever I travel - the GPD was always extra. Emulators are just as fun on a normal sized laptop keyboard - if not, a separate, cheaper controller will do the trick.
 
With the steam deck coming what's the point just save your money for 6months or if you got to put a pre-order down this is a joke so is the switch at this point