The latest mini laptop from GPD is designed for folks that want a portable gaming PC, but the upcoming GPD Win MAX also the most powerful device from GPD to date, which could make it attractive for fans of tiny computers who don’t care about gaming.
We already had a pretty good idea of what the little computer would look like. But now GPD has released detailed specs so we can confirm that it has an 8 inch touchscreen display, an Intel Ice Lake processor with Iris Plus graphics, 16GB of RAM, 512GB of storage, and a backlit keyboard with a touchpad and game controller buttons and sticks above it.
The GPD Win Max will go up for pre-order through a crowdfunding campaign later this year.
For now, here’s a run-down of the key specs for the GPD Win Max:
|Display||8 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel capacitive touchscreen|
|CPU||Intel Core i5-1035G7 (4-cores/8-threads)|
|GPU||Intel Iris Plus 940 64EU|
|Storage||512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 2280|
|Connectivity||802.11ax/Bluetooth 5.0/Gigabit Ethernet|
|USB Ports||1 x TB3, 1 x USB-C, 2 x USB 3.1 Type-A|
|Other ports||HDMI 2.0b (4K60fps), RJ45, microSDXC|
|Keyboard||Backlit QWERTY + touchpad and game controller|
|Dimensions||205mm x 140mm x 24.5mm (8.1″ x 5.5″ x 1″)|
|Weight||800 grams (1.8 pounds)|
While the screen resolution may seem a bit low by modern standards, it’s worth keeping in mind that this is a mini laptop meant for gaming — it takes more graphics horsepower (and battery power) to drive a higher resolution display. And while the Core i7-1035G7 processor has one of the best integrated GPUs Intel has made to date, it’s still no match for a discrete graphics card. So keeping the screen resolution down will help with gaming performance while using the screen’s native resolution.
It’s also worth keeping in mind that we’re talking about an 8 inch display rather than a 13.3 inch laptop screen. That means the GPD Win Max will have about 189 pixels per inch. That’s kind of low by modern smartphone standards, but still pretty good for a laptop.
Here are a few comparison points:
- 13.3 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel screen = 114 ppi
- 13.3 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel screen = 118 ppi
- 13.3 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel screen = 166 ppi
- 13.3 inch, 1920 x 1280 pixel screen = 174 ppi
- 13.3 inch, 2048 x 1536 pixel screen = 193 ppi
- 13.3 inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel screen = 221 ppi
As for the game controllers, GPD says the Win Max will have official ALPS dual 3D sticks, clickable L3 and R3 buttons, separate direction buttons, L1/L2 and R1/R2 buttons, and Panasonic switches.
With the game controllers positioned above the keyboard, the Win Max may be a little awkward to hold compared with some other gaming handhelds like the Nintendo Switch or DS, or even smaller GPD gaming handhelds like the GPD Win and Win 2.
But the added horsepower, support for most Windows PC games, backlit keyboard large enough for touch-typing, and generally compact design still make the GPD Win Max a pretty much one-of-a-kind computer at the moment.
There’s still no word on the exact launch date or the pricing — but the similarly-sized GPD P2 Max currently sells for $740, and that laptop has a less powerful processor and lacks game controllers or backlit keys. So it’s likely that the GPD Win Max will cost a bit more (although GPD does tend to offer discounts to early backers of its crowdfunding campaigns for folks quick enough to snap up the early adopter rewards).
Update 3/05/2020: GPD has released a few new images, including the first hands-on photos showing the GPD Win Max in use. I’ve been told that the keyboard latino t shown on this prototype is not the same as the final design though:
Update 2: And a video too:
- The display is an IPS screen with 500-nits of brightness, 90-percent DCI-P3 color gamut, DC dimming without flickering, and Corning Gorilla Glass.
- The keyboard has an “X structure membrane” on the back, and backlit keys.
- Game controller features include shoulder buttons with Panasonic micro switches and dual 3D joysticks which are clickable to function as L3 and R3 buttons.
X structure membrane keyboard back.
With long awaited back light. pic.twitter.com/tVA2kNpEIi
— GPD Game Consoles (@softwincn) March 25, 2020
Select, Xbox, Start buttons are located near the top hinge to facilitate operation with left thumb. Clicking the Xbox button while streaming an Xbox game can turn on / off the joystick and activate functions such as “home”, “turn off”, “screen capture”, “snap to position” pic.twitter.com/eJSTfeokv5
— GPD Game Consoles (@softwincn) March 26, 2020
Built-in Xbox 360 joysticks, WIN Max adopts the sink-in design and Xinput mode. Dual 3D joysticks produced by Alps, clickable L3 / R3 buttons. 2 million and 5 million spins working life for potentiometer and center stack. (Same position as that of GPD WIN). pic.twitter.com/yQtBPWRHko
— GPD Game Consoles (@softwincn) March 26, 2020
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