GPD Win Max will be an AMD Ryzen-powered handheld gaming PC

The GPD Win Max is a new handheld gaming PC from the company that made the GPD Win and GPD Pocket line of devices. That’s about all GPD has confirmed so far.

But a new set of leaked images of the computer’s insides tell us a lot about the upcoming device. It’ll be powered by an AMD Ryzen Embedded processor. It has an M.2 PCIe slot for solid state storage. And it looks like it’ll have at least one physical joystick.

Both pictures show the motherboard, battery, and some internal components, but one image clearly shows the processor and some of the ports, while the other has a heat sink covering the chip and rear ports.

The processor appears to be an AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 series chip, possibly the same Ryzen V1605B quad-core processor that rival Smach plans to use in its upcoming Smach Z handheld gaming computer.

GPD had originally planned to call the handheld computer the Win 2 Max, but it looks like the company has dropped the number 2 from the name in order to set this system apart from the GPD Win 2 computer with an Intel Core m3-7Y30 processor that launched in 2018.

The Win Max will likely offer more horsepower thanks to the move from a 7 watt Intel Core m3 processor to a Ryzen chip which can be configured to run at 12 watts to 54 watts (it’s likely that GPD will stick with 12 to 25 watts for a handheld device).

It’s also possible that the system will be larger than the GPD Win 2 (which has a 6 inch screen) or the first-gen GPD Win (with a 5.5 inch display).

There are a few more unsurprising details I can glean from the leaked photos. The system will have a microSD card reader, an Intel wireless card for WiFi and Bluetooth, an HDMI port, and a few USB Type-A ports as well as a USB Type-C port.

That’s in keeping with another leaked image that made the rounds recently, allegedly showing what the back of the computer would look like:

GPD plans to officially launch the Win Max sometime later this year, but there’s no word on how much it will cost or exactly when it will ship.

Meanwhile, the company’s roadmap is starting to look a little crowded:

Update: The mockup below allegedly gives us an idea of what the GPD Win Max will look like. It seems to show a larger QWERTY keyboard than you get with GPD’s other mini gaming machines, making touch typing feasible. But there are still game controllers above the keyboard.

via gpd_devices discord channel

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  • Good news. Let's hope that pocket 3 will have newer Ryzen APU and 8inch screen.

    • I hope not unless they can do it within the same size as the existing Pocket devices.

  • I'm guessing they're targeting a different market than from the GPD Win line? I feel some existing Win 1/2 users wouldn't go for this. This is noticeably larger making it less portable than the Win 1/2.

    There could be a market for this, I guess. I didn't think the Win had a large enough market to go after but I ended up being very wrong about that. I also didn't think the MicroPC had a market worthwhile for GPD but they made it (good thing me though I backed it as my first GPD device).

    • The Win is cool and all but it is an awkward form factor... I almost think a ryzen head mounted unit with a gamepad wold make more sense for gaming on the go.... most PC games are hard to play on a screen that small.

    • I hope this is another line of devices and GPD keeps the pocketable handheld form factor lines.

      I hear GPD is a small company. They sure are increasing their number of devices quite a bit. I hope they grow to maintain the various device series they have/are creating.

      • Well they already have no intention to release a Win 3 until Intel (or AMD if they ever decide to make good ULP chips) releases a suitable successor to the M3-7y30 that gives a considerable performance boost while keeping the same power envelope.
        The Win Max is basically a stopgap and experimental device for them to try stronger and more power hungry chips.

        • They can always refresh devices like most other PC companies. For example, for the Win:
          - Fix the hinge's design flaw that causes it to eventually break.
          - Replace the battery with one that's less prone to swelling.
          - Use a higher capacity battery somehow.
          - Improve cooling for better and/or quieter performance.
          - Clickable buttons (at least some folks want that).
          - Improve the keyboard layout.
          - Add a backlight to the keyboard.
          - Add an optional built-in LTE (at least some folks want this too).
          - Add an optical thumb mouse (the sticks aren't great for mouse control).
          - Tweak the general design.
          - I'm sure there are other things besides CPU upgrades that would warrant a "refreshed" device.

          They can call it Win 2S, Win 2+, Win 2 2019, etc.

    • They are all the same die... the only difference is the configured TDP and frequencies that it runs at. So, in a sense yes it is a 2500U... even the 2400G is the same die.

    • All those sites that have reported before now went by rumors and nothing else.

      • Also from what I've heard, this information came from the same person who leaked those photos earlier.

    • More like a GPD Netbook with some gaming controls.

      Here's hoping the image is either flipped, or shown upside down, which would mean the Joystick is on the Right Side. This is very important, as a D-pad can supplement for the Left Joystick (most people are used to it/muscle memory) but the reverse isn't true. And its still workable even without the Action Buttons (A, B, X, Y) just as long as you have Quad Shoulder Buttons (L1, L2, R1, R2).

      Either way, I simply hope this product makes GPD some profit, experience and positive marketing and mindshare....as they're going to need as much as possible of both to make an even better GPD Win3 for (hopefully Q1) 2020.

  • It should be noted that the m.2 slot looks like it's an M-key slot, so we MIGHT be looking at NVMe support.

    • Its a forgone conclusion that it would have NVMe support as the Raven Ridge die has it built in... its a SoC after all there is no "chipset" really with it. Bascailly it will have the same feature set as any Raven Ridge laptop... unfortnuately I expect it to be pretty battery hungry.

  • That thing is way too big judging by the relative sizes of the USB and micro-SD card ports. That's laptop territory.

    • It seems to be roughly as wide as an A4 paper sheet, it's okay.
      I'm much more concerned about the overall weight and the center of mass position.

    • I've seen size comparisons with the Pocket/Win devices floating around. The Max is noticeably larger. It's hard to imagine someone holding it like a handheld gaming device. It must be pretty heavy for such a use case as well even for people who regularly hit the gym.

      It's at the size of needing a bag. You probably need a table or at least a place to sit to rest it on your lap (laptop?). At which point other gaming laptops become the competition.

      • Looking at the comparison photos and weight estimates some nice folks are putting together, this is going to be pretty chunky and heavy for a handheld.

        They keyboard is probably going to be at the size for touch typing and not really for thumb typing. Could either be good or bad depending on one’s use cases.

        Definitely going to be used a “lap gaming device" (new category?).

    • Netbook actually. I wouldn't call a device with what is mostly likely an 8" screen a "laptop".