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There are a growing number of handheld gaming PCs on the market, and the list keeps growing. While the Valve Steam Deck, Asus ROG Ally, and Lenovo Legion Go grab a lot of headlines these days, they’re not exactly the only games in town – not by a long shot.

In fact, there are so many different models available or set to launch in the coming year that it can be hard to keep them all straight. So I figured it was time to put everything in one place. The table below has all the current and next-gen handheld gaming PCs I’m aware of, along with many of the key specs for each.

From left to right, top row first: Asus ROG Ally, Valve Steam Deck, Lenovo Legion Go, GPD Win Mini, ONEXFLY, GPD Win 4, ONEXPLAYER 2, AYA Neo 2S, GPD Win Max 2

That includes new and upcoming models from GPD, One Netbook (ONEXPLAYER), Anbernic, and AYA and AYN. Those last two companies have been working furiously to one up each other by furiously adding new models to cover a wide range of price points and are a big part of the reason why I realized that simply updating my old comparison table was a fool’s game, because there was no way to fit everything on one page anymore.

Some of the new handhelds are priced as low as $239, while others sell for well over $1,000. Some have big screens and others have smaller ones. A few models have keyboards, while most do not. And there are some big differences when it comes to processors, graphics, memory, and storage, among other things.

You can right-click on any column to sort the table by, for example, screen size, screen resolution, memory, price, or other features. Keep in mind that some items are a little less conducive to sorting, and some specs are still unknown for certain handhelds. But I’ll update the document as more details are revealed (and as more devices are announced).

This article was first published June 2, 2022 and most recently updated September 1, 2023. 

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  1. Note to self: Lithium Ion batteries are better than Lithium Polymer batteries. Lithium ion batteries have 10x more reusable cycles and higher levels of discharge, and charge more quickly than lead-acid batteries, oh and they discharge when unused more slowly than lead acid batteries, and also lead acid batteries are heavier, shorter lifespan. Lithium Ferrous Phosphate is beter than lead-acid more commonly known as Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePo4).

    It might be useful to add a column for battery type in each of the devices.

    1. When they first announced the A1, there were Standard and Pro versions with similar features, but the Standard model had a 48 Wh battery and the Ultimate had a 65 Wh battery. It looks like they did away with that distinction and now offer only the 65 Wh version. I’ll update the table to reflect that.

  2. And yet, none of them are a pocketable clamshell laptop with a usable keyboard. Sure, slap removeable joysticks to the sides if you want, but come on, when are we going to get a pocketable laptop? There are many more people who want a pocketable laptop!

    1. Pocketable clamshell laptop with keyboard has been repeatedly tried and never succeeds. Keyboards and joysticks are incompatible with being pocketable.

      Still hoping for the next best pocketable device – simple gaming, multimedia consumption, etc., with super easy docking to become a full fledged Windows PC. Only a handful on this table are pocketable, and they are usually Android.

      1. It’s possible to make pocketable joysticks (or a close enough equivalent), see the PSP. It’s just that no one ever does it that way, I think there might be patents involved.

        1. Skip the semantics please. But it would be nice to have a modern dockable device with the form factor and functionality of the PSP.

        2. Not joysticks, but a roughly equivalent pointing device, sure. The hurdle is developing a mode of Windows that works well on a 5 inch display and can go to full Win 10/11 with a flip of switch when docked.

  3. This is exactly what I was looking for! Thank you.
    One request to make it perfect for beginners. Any chance for an update on the list including cinebench results? Makes it even more transparent, though I do know it requires significantly more effort. Just something that might be useful.

    1. Actually what that images shows is 800p or 1200p options, indicating 1920 x 1200 or 1280 x 800 pixels. And the GEEK has a “TBD,” suggesting that they haven’t finalized the decision yet.

      1. OK. That makes more sense. I wouldn’t want an HD screen at that size. Hopefully the filp will have a similar FHD+ screen and a physical keyboard.

      2. Hey Brand, long time no see!

        Just wondering, with all these different x86 chipset options. How would you arrange them, in terms of the GPU, from the slowest to the fastest? Or maybe benchmarking in terms of a specific game’s fps (eg GTAV to scale in low-end, Doom Eternal to scale in high-end)?

        Would you be able to make a list of the slowest x86 handheld to the fastest x86 handheld, in terms of GPU/Gaming, and based on what you know about the products and the company?
        Won’t be 100% but just to the best of your abilities.

        To me it looks like it goes, from slowest to fastest, in this order:
        Vega-3cu, Mendoccino, Intel Xe 48-cu, Intel Xe 64-cu, Vega-6cu, Vega-8cu, Intel Xe 96cu, RDNA2-6CU, RDNA2-8CU, RDNA2-12CU.
        But I could be wrong.

  4. I’m liking the Loki Mini and its recessed sticks. Very pocketable. The Loki and Loki Max might even be jacket pocketable. I may finally upgrade from my Win 2 for one of the Lokis and they don’t even have keyboards.

    Waiting on some hands on testing even if promotional videos from Ayn before pre-odering.

  5. The Loki Mini Pro is looking like a good option. Seems like it’d slip in a jacket pocket or bag easily without a case.

  6. I preoredered the 256 GB Loki and Loki Max.

    If the Max can cool the 6800U well at high TDP, then I’ll cancel the 256 GB one. It’d be great to increase the TDP when battery life isn’t a concern or plugged in.

    1. I did the same thing! Saw some tests where the 6800U scaled well even way beyond 30 W TDP but that was on much larger devices where cooling is easier.

      Even the Loki Max seems pretty compact so I need to know if it can handle very high TDP. Otherwise, it’d be better value to get the 6600U Loki.

    1. Got the Mini to replace my Win 2 as well! Glad to finally some more realistically pocketable x86 handhelds.

    2. I reserved both the Intel and AMD Mini. Will decide which one to cancel when more info comes out.

      It’ll also replace my Win 2.

  7. I don’t get it?
    Just add 2 game controllers to any Mid or High end smartphone you already have.

    1. It’s not the same. Android and ios games are mostly p2w always-online trash. With such UMPCs, you can play most all Windows games. You can also use a dock and turn it into a full fledged PC. I do that frequently with GPD Win2.

    2. I’m sure you do get it. There are no triple A game releases for smart phones. Red Dead Redemption, Zelda BoTW, NMS, Sims4. I don’t need to argue(period), but I’m sure you can see that nothing of substance has come to Android or iOS(PubG…don’t care). I’ve little doubt the devices themselves have the power to run games(Dolphin Emulator), but there are not native games from real studios happening in the mobile space…and I wish there were.

    3. And how is that going to play elden ring, god of war or many of the indie titles only available on pc. The windows space has 30 yqaers of games to play, while android is finally getting some decent ports. Sincerely, an android enthusiast.

      1. Guilever might point out that you could play those games by streaming them.
        And you could even do it without a subscription if you own the requisite hardware and use Moonlight.
        Of course, if streaming games was actually enjoyable for most people, I don’t think we’d be seeing all these handhelds.

      2. “The windows space has 30 yqaers of games to play”.

        No it doesn’t. Backwards compatibility is abysmal and always has been. I amassed nearly 90 pc games since the 90’s, and I ran into compatibility issue after compatibility issue. Even the good old Battlefield 1942 is no longer playable on modern Windows.

        Why do you think Microsoft came out with “XP mode” back during Windows 7? Cause they knew binary compatibility with other programs was terrible.

        So no, there really isn’t “30 years of games to play” in Windows. The best backward compatibility has been in my experience old DOS games with DOSbox.