The GPD Win 2 is a pocket-sized computer with a 6 inch, 720p display, an Intel Core M3-7Y30 Kaby Lake processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB solid state drive.
It’s a Windows 10-powered computer that like a cross between a laptop computer and a Nintendo DS, with physical gaming buttons above a QWERTY keyboard, as well as shoulder buttons.
GPD plans to begin shipping the Win 2 in May, and it’s up for pre-order through a crowdfunding campaign at Indieogogo. The first 1000 people back the campaign can reserve a GPD Win 2 for $599. After that the price is expected to go up.
Update: The first 1000 units are accounted for and the price is now up to $649.
As the name suggests, this is actually the second device of its type from GPD. The original GPD Win launched in 2016 and featured a smaller display, a less powerful processor, and slower storage, among other differences.
The new model is a major upgrade, but it’s also more expensive than the first-gen model, which sells for around $400 or less.
While GPD positions the Win 2 as a gaming computer, it’s worth keeping in mind that it doesn’t have discrete graphics, has one of the least powerful 7th-gen Intel Core processors, and generally doesn’t have the horsepower for bleeding edge gaming. But it should be able to handle many older games without trouble, as well as some newer titles at lower graphics settings.
I’m hoping to get my hands on a review unit soon as well.
Upgrading from eMMC storage to an M.2 2242 SSD should give the device of a bit of a boost. GPD says even the microSD card has been improved, offering higher read and write speeds.
Other features include 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, a USB 3.0 Type-C port, a USB 3.0 Type-A port, a headset jack, stereo speakers, and a 37.Wh battery that GPD says should be good for around 6 to 8 hours of run time.
The whole thing measures about 6.4″ x 3.9″ x 1″ and weighs about a pound.
While I’d normally be reluctant to use the word “pre-order” to describe a crowdfunding campaign, GPD has been making handheld gaming products for years and the company has pretty much finished building working prototypes and has the resources necessary to ramp up production and ship the product. I think GPD uses crowdfunding more as a way to generate buzz and gauge demand for its products.
I can’t say for certain that the GPD Win 2 will meet its May ship date, I’m pretty sure the GPD Win 2 will ship at some point.
thanks Victor C!