About two months after the first pictures of a GPD Win 2 prototype hit the web, the company has revealed the specs for its 2nd-generation handheld gaming PC.

As expected, the new model has a bigger screen, a faster processor, and an improved keyboard to help set it apart from the model I tested last year.

It’s expected to go up for pre-order through an Indieogogo campaign on January 15th, and the GPD Win 2 could ship sometime around April, 2018.

Update: The GPD Win 2 will sell for around $699, but backers of the upcoming Indiegogo campaign will be able to reserve one for $599. 

Here’s a run-down of the specs, courtesey of vcolerio1:

  • 6 inch, 1280 x 720 pixel capacitive touchscreen display with Gorilla Glass 4
  • Intel Core M3-7Y30 Kaby Lake processor
  • 8GB of LPDDR3-1866 memory
  • 128GB of solid state storage (it’s an M.2 2242 SSD card that’s user replaceable)
  • 802.11ace WiFi
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • Stereo speakers
  • Dual 4,900 mAh batteries (9,800 mAh, 37.24Wh total)
  • Dual vibration motors
  • USB 3.0 Type-C, USB 3.0 Type-A, micro HDMI, 3.5mm audio, and microSD card ports
  • 6.4″ x 3.9″ x 1″
  • 1 pound

While the Core M3-7Y30 processor isn’t exactly designed for gaming, it’s significantly faster than the Atom x7-Z8700 chip used in the original GPD Win, and also features higher performance Intel HD graphics, which should make it more suitable for playing games (or using game console emulators) that require a little more horsepower than the first GPD Win was able to deliver.

The system has a heatsink and fan that’s said to be able to move hot air away from the CPU 8 times faster than the current model. That means the system won’t exactly be silent, but hopefully your hands won’t melt while holding it.

GPD has redesigned the keyboard so that it stretches across the body of the device, which should make typing a little more comfortable, although this is very much a keyboard designed for thumbs rather than 10-finger touch typing. The gaming buttons above the keyboard have also been redesigned with a new layout and colorful X, Y, A, and B buttons.

There’s no word on the price yet, but the original GPD Win sells for under $400. Given the upgrades, I’d expect the new model to be a bit pricier, but we’ll have to wait a little longer to fined out for sure.

Update: GPD has shared more pictures and early benchmarks.

 



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28 replies on “GPD Win 2 handheld gaming PC to have new design, 6 inch screen, Core M3 processor”

  1. Killer! A bunch of folks in my university’s eSports club were awed by the leaked tidbits of information I shared. This is going to blow their minds.

  2. GPD, please work on a half pound snapdragon version with 2 screens. I don’t want a giant phone anymore, just this and a 3g watch.

  3. Has the comments section system changed, looks different for some reason.

    1. It would seem so. At least, the annoying Google captcha is gone for now.

      1. Yeah, comments actually Work again. No layers of scripting bloat, no broken Google Captcha to spy on you. Yippee!

    1. I’m on the edge with this. I’m torn between this, a new set of reference headphones, and a HATS headphone measurement unit. I’m almost certain this would be redundant with my Surface Pro, but the pocketability is so compelling.

    1. Buying from Droidbox, who rebrands and redistributes GPD products, is a safe option. Although based in the UK, Droidbox also sells on Amazon.com, offering a one-year, no-hassle guarantee with free shipping to and from a US service location for all warranty service.

  4. Seems like this is going to be expensive. I’m guessing when the price is announced, the complaints will start rolling in.

    Also, same with me only buying one if it’s sold directly from Amazon (not including “fulfilled” by Amazon). I’d rather not deal with overseas (I’m in the USA) support given that GPD has a relatively high defective device rate from what I’ve seen with the Win 1.

    1. There’s no reason why this should be more expensive than the first model.

      But if it does increase in price, I wouldn’t be surprised.

        1. That’s the suggested price, it’s much higher than the vendor sale price.
          And in the case of these “aging” Core M chipsets (especially the M3), should be much cheaper.

          Intel’s moving to Core i7-Y for the low-end, and Core i5-U (4c/8t) for the mid-range performance laptops. We need AMD to continue putting the pressure with Raven Ridge and Ryzen.

          I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re buying these at $30-60 a pop, which is slightly higher than Cherry Trails price back then around $20-40. So there’s little reason to bump price, if they bumped by $50 or less it would be acceptable, but I have a feeling they’re gonna bump it higher than that, maybe $100-150 markup. Look to Chinese laptops for some references, some sell with tax, postage, and a full laptop product below Intel’s suggested price.

      1. There are several components that has been upgraded to more expensive ones (both chips and materials). Those are plenty enough reasons.

  5. Very interesting device. I will wait to see the reviews once it actually launches. Would love this with Linux Mint on it.

    1. I wonder how it’ll handle dual-booting, like Windows 10 Pro and Android Oreo.

      Mint sounds fun, but I doubt it could be that useful (for lengthy typing) with that keyboard on hand.

  6. I’m in for one if I can buy this locally or at least be able to get a replacement for a defective unit without shipping outside USA. I haven’t heard good things dealing directly with GPD with broken devices.

    1. I did have one issue, and it did get repaired eventually, but it did took 2 months. Although it was in the middle of the Pocket launch, and they are hardly a big company (I think about 15 employees total?), and they did fix the board (the contents of the eMMC remained and my MAC-address, so they did not swap the board), so some poor guy had to disassemble my unit, trace the bad solders and redo it, so I can see why it took so long.

      1. Wow, that 2 months is awful. I’ll be passing on the GPD Win 2 if it still takes over a month for repairs/replacements. Plus, just the international shipping can potentially add noticeable delays.

        1. Typical RMA waiting time, depends on the company, where the support center is located and type of device also. Longest RMA period was my graphics card, believe it or not 6 months! By the time it came back the cooler was different because the original graphics card was already outdated (returned one was new model). Notebook sometimes up to 4 months, hard drives around 2 months (includes shipping) and monitor sometimes few weeks (if service center is in the same city). GPD being located in the far east, obvious risks and RMA times everyone should have already been familiar.

  7. The colour of the A and Y buttons are still wrong. Why not adopt the Windows/Xbox standard when it’s a Windows device so it matches the game button prompts? I mean it even has the Xbox logo on the upper right key.

  8. Tbh not impressed by any means, the core M3 is a shit cpu with shitty intergrated graphics lmao the snapdragon 835 has better intergrated graphics and I’d I’m right the CPU is faster as well
    Don’t know why they wouldn’t have gone with that
    If the OnePlus 5T can be 499 I don’t think tablet with a worse screen and less premium can be more than that because the most expensive parts are the screen, the CPU.

    1. And One Plus 5T doesn’t run Microsoft Windows. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 graphics is slower than Intel’s Core M and even Intel’s Apollo Lake, judging from this Windows on ARM notebook review https://www.ultrabookreview.com/19015-asus-novago-impressions/ Comparisons on graphics scores

      3DMark Fire Strike: Intel Core m3-7Y30=699, Intel Pentium N4200=565, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835=453

      3DMark Fire Strike Graphics: Intel Core m3-7Y30=748, Intel Pentium N4200=606, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835=518

      3DMark Sky Diver: Intel Core m3-7Y30=3124, Intel Pentium N4200=2223, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835=1711

      3DMark Sky Diver Graphics: Intel Core m3-7Y30=3020, Intel Pentium N4200=2182, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835=1692

      3DMark 11: Intel Core m3-7Y30=P1385, Intel Pentium N4200=P883, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835=P826

      3DMark 11 Graphics: Intel Core m3-7Y30=1251, Intel Pentium N4200=804, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835=786

      Benchmark scores from NotebookCheck, example for Intel Pentium N4200 https://www.notebookcheck.net/Dell-Latitude-3189-N4200-HD-Convertible-Review.213692.0.html Additionally the screen, like previous GPD WIn, is vibrant because its from Sharp.

  9. When I first saw it, it reminded me of the IBM PC 110 Palmtop in its compactness and layout. The neat thing about the IBM PC 110 was that it ran different operating systems and didn’t have to be anyone.

  10. Way way too expensive, I can buy a PS4 Pro ($399) and a Switch ($299) for the price of Win 2.
    I am super disappointed, I really wanted one.

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