Retro consoles or handhelds capable of emulating titles from older consoles only expand their offer year after year. It seems that interest in them does not weaken even for a moment, and even constantly increases. Manufacturers aware of this are trying to create equipment that will be more and more attractive to customers – both in terms of parameters and price. Two of them – Anbernic and Powkidyy – have introduced new models to the market, which we can now buy a little cheaper.
The Anbernic RG353PS is a fairly stripped-down version of the well-known RG353P model. In turn, the new handheld from Powkiddy with the X28 designation is one of the more expensive proposals in the manufacturer’s offer, which also offers quite a lot.
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Starting with Powkiddy X28: the handheld resembles much more expensive constructions like ASUS ROG Ally in terms of appearance. On the front we find a standard set of buttons with four function and two analog knobs. Touch display up to 5.5-inch IPS matrix with a resolution of 1280 x 720 px. The heart of the equipment is the Unisoc Tiger T618 known from other devices of this type with two Cortex-A75 cores clocked at 2.0 GHz and six Cortex-A55 cores that are able to work with a maximum clock speed of 1.8 GHz. This is complemented by 4 GB of LPDDR4 or LPDDR4x RAM (memory versions are sent randomly, which is quite a strange move on the part of Powkiddy) and the Mali-G52 MP2 graphics chip. There is also a 64 GB eMMC memory on board, which can be expanded using a microSD card. There was also Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 5 wireless connectivity. We also have 3.5 mm Jack, mini HDMI and USB type C ports at our disposal. The battery is a 5000 mAh cell, which is to provide up to 5 hours of continuous gameplay. The whole thing is based on the Android 11 system, so we have access not only to emulators, but also cloud games and those strictly mobile. The manufacturer ensures that the equipment supports emulators from GameBoy and SNES to PSP and PS1. Pre-orders are currently underway, with the first 200 orders costing $149.99 (+ shipping and customs fees), and will ship on May 10.
|Anbernic RG353PS||Powkiddy X28|
|display||3.5″ IPS 640 x 480 pixels||5.5″ IPS 1280 x 720 pixels
|Processor||Rockchip RK3566 64-bit
4 x 1.8GHz A55
|Unisoc Tiger T618
2 x 2.0GHz A75 + 6 x 1.8GHz A55
|Layout||Mali-G52 MP2||Mali-G52 MP2|
|Built-in memory||–||eMMC 64GB|
|Communication||WiFi 5, Bluetooth 4.2||WiFi 5, Bluetooth 5.0|
|Connectors and slots||2 x microSD, mini HDMI
2x USB-C, Jack 3.5 mm
|microSD, Mini HDMI
2x USB-C, Jack 3.5 mm
|Dimensions||174 x 81 x 20mm||207.6 x 80.7 x 26.9mm|
|Price||$86.99 (~PLN 360)||$149.99 (~PLN 620)|
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The shape of the Anbernic RG353PS resembles a SNES controller (which is quite fashionable lately). On the front we will meet practically the same layout of keys and analog knobs as in the discussed Powkiddy X28. The screen itself is a 3.5-inch IPS display with a resolution of 640 x 480 px. The equipment includes a Rockchip RK3566 processor with four Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.8 GHz. The RAM is 1 GB LPDDR4 bone, while the Mali-G52 MP2 is also responsible for the graphics system. We will not find any built-in memory here, but we have as many as 2 slots for microSD cards, with which we can expand the memory by up to 512 GB. We also have access to Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 4.2. The rest of the ports and connectors are also identical to the X28 model. According to the manufacturer, the battery with a capacity of 3500 mAh will provide up to 6 hours of non-stop gaming. The device is able to emulate most retro consoles, up to and including PS1. The installed system is a proprietary version of Linux. We can choose from three color versions: Gray, Transparent white, Transparent purple. Currently, the Anbernic RG353PS costs almost $87, so we are dealing with quite an interesting handheld at a good price.
Source: Anbernic, Powkiddy