The upcoming GPD Win Max is a tiny laptop computer… that’s also a rather large handheld game console.

Like the company’s GPD P2 Max mini-laptop, the new model has a keyboard large enough for touch typing, as well as a trackpad. But like the smaller GPD Win 2 handheld game system, it also has built-in game controllers.

The new model is also the first GPD device to feature a 10th-gen, Intel Core Ice Lake processor. GPD has been slowly revealing details over the last few months, and now the company has released a few new images giving us our best look at the GPD Win max to date.

The pictures make it clear that while this little computer is jam-packed with features, the layout is a little strange.

In order to make room for the game controllers, there’s no palm rest area. And in order to use those game controllers, you’ll have to hold the Win Max with two hands gripping the back of the computer, sort of like an oversized Nintendo DS.

But the system also has more ports than you’ll find on most handheld computers, including:

  • HDMI
  • Ethernet
  • 1 x Thunderbolt 3
  • 1 x USB-C
  • 2 x USB-A
  • microSD card reader

There’s also a switch on the side of the Win Max that lets you switch between mouse and gamepad modes — in mouse mode, you can use the D-pad to move a cursor.

GPD hasn’t announced the price or release date yet, but the company plans to launch a crowdfunding campaign sometime this year. Things have likely been delayed a bit due to the work slowdown in China due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.

So far we do know that the GPD Win Max will be powered by an Intel Core i5-1035G7 processor with Intel Iris Plus graphics and that it will have a 1280 x 800 pixel display (probably around 8 or 9 inches, but that hasn’t been confirmed yet).

Other features include an M.2 2280 slot for solid state storage, dual fans to keep the system cool while gaming, and a backlit keyboard.

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15 Comments

  1. This thing is way too big for gaming. They should have just made a bigger Pocket variant and focused on performance there.

    The Nintendo Switch pushes the limits of how big a handheld gaming device can be. This is even wider and then has another half. Way too heavy for extended handheld use! And the joysticks are not going to be comfortable on the tabletop either.

  2. Yayyyyy thunderbolt baby!!! Wohoooo! External GPU here we come!!!
    But wait! 8 or 9 inches? I mean I have the original gpd pocket and it fits in my pocket… will this one too?

  3. So before it was all but confirmed they were going with an AMD APU for this product. That appears to have changed. Can’t say I’m super surprised given the significant throttling issues with AMD’s chips in the similar Smach Z prototype but it is interesting. Also the GPU in Intel’s 10th gen is supposed to be significantly improved so hopefully that translates into a big performance jump over something like the Win 2.

    1. The AMD SoC that’s in the Smach-Z is basically “Zen 1”, we’re a long ways ahead now. Besides, that SoC is pretty decent, it’s just not quite as good as Intel’s Core M when it comes to a very portable device like the GPD XD/Win. At least its a decent bit better than the Cortex A72* and Intel Atom X7 (8750) SoC’s that we’ve enjoyed in the recent past.

      We have 7nm lithography, Zen2 architecture, and RDNA graphics. Of course, we still need to rely on AMD to bring these things together. And whilst they could have in 2019, and we could’ve enjoyed a GPD Win 3 back in 2019, it is not a priority for AMD, and they’re not going to be doing so until at least late-2021.

  4. I’d have preferred a trackpoint — and leftmost fn key — but… I might get it. The touchpad placement reminds me of the dualshock controllers.

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