Chinese device maker Emdoor, which is probably best known these days for its rugged tablets, showed off something a little different at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair this week: the company’s first handheld gaming PC.

Notebook Italia got a look at the upcoming handheld, and while it looks a lot like many other models we’ve seen over the past few years, there’s one thing that makes this model stand out: it’s powered by an unreleased Intel Meteor Lake-H processor with Intel Arc 5 integrated graphics. Update: There video from Notebook Italia has been set to private. 

Intel hasn’t actually launched its Meteor Lake processors yet, and while it’s not exactly unheard of for a company to show off a product with an unreleased processor, they usually don’t actually provide many details about the features of those chips (or the names), so most often we hear that a product will have something like a “next-gen Intel Mobile processor.”

But Emdoor let us know that this handheld is powered by a 14th-gen Intel “Meteor Lake” H-series processor based on Intel’s upcoming Meteor Lake architecture, and that the chip will have a TDP range of 20 to 35 watts and a next-gen iGPU based on Intel’s Arc graphics architecture.

That could make the upcoming handheld competitive with some of today’s most powerful models, which tend to feature AMD chips like the Ryzen 7 7840U or Ryzen Z1 Extreme, as they tend to offer better graphics performance and efficiency than 12th and 13th-gen Intel mobile chips.

The performance boost may come at a heavy price though – Emdoor says that when running at the highest performance settings, its handheld gets less than an hour of battery life. But it should last longer than that if you lower the performance settings and/or run less demanding games or other applications.

While the processor is probably the most interesting thing about Emdoor’s handheld, other features don’t look too shabby.

It’s expected to support up to 32GB of LPDDR5x memory and have an M.2 2280 slot for up to 2TB of PCIe Gen 4×4 storage. It has an 8 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel display with up to 350 nits brightness. And it has a set of ports that includes two full-function USB4 ports (with support for charging, data, and video output), a single USB 2.0 Type-A port (presumably for a keyboard or other devices that don’t need a high-speed connection), a 3.5mm mic/headphone jack, and a microSD card reader.

The computer has a fan for active cooling, with an air intake vent on the back and a vent on the top, stereo speakers, and volume and power buttons along the top.

Game controller features include dual analog sticks with RGB backlighting, a D-Pad, action buttons, shoulder triggers, and two customizable buttons on the back of the handheld.

The system is designed to run Windows 11 and currently has the catchy name of EM-GP080MTL, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Emdoor give the computer a more consumer-friendly name in the future or partner with another company to put a different brand name on the final product if and when it comes to market.

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  1. Has Intel imposed something like nondisclosure agreement to their customers for Meteor Lake chips? Wondering if this violated the agreement if so.

  2. Will meteor lake support TB5? That would make this more interesting for those who plan on an egpu setup. TB5 bumps bandwidth to 80GB generally and 120GB asynchronous. This would surpass Oculink’s bandwidth at ~63GB.

  3. The overall TDP for the CPU + GPU here must be insanely high for a device like this.

    The Asus ROG Ally can be configured down to 7W, and as high as 35W. And there’s even some question among users how safely the cooling system in the Ally can effectively cool it at 35W for sustained periods of time.

    The Meteor Lake chip in this Emdoor handheld is going to be 20 to 35W.

    Intel says that the lowest TDP offered in their Arc 5 Mobile lineup is 60W (the A550M can be configured between 60W and 80W).

    So we’re looking at an absolute lowest overall TDP here of 80W combined, and as high as 115W.

    I really have my doubts about the cooling abilities and battery life of this device.

    1. I think that’s Meteor lake Igp,

      During Meteor lake Announcement intel Demo something called Endurance gaming, where whole meteor lake soc use just 10W for games. They could Run Rocket league while Cpu use less than 1W of power.

      BTW this is Ultra H, Ultra U is the one which should be compared to Ally and other Handheld.

      1. Even if the CPU is capable of running at 1W, we’re still talking about at least 61W between the CPU and GPU combined.

        I have a hard time believing that they have a cooling solution available that will adequately remove that amount of heat.

        1. You are confused. This isn’t running the Arc 5 discrete GPU.

          It is the next generation of Intel Iris iGPU based on the Arc 5 architecture.

          So the TDP of 20 watt is for the whole chip, both CPU and GPU.

          1. Intel’s poor naming sense strikes yet again. I caught myself after reading the article before making the mistake of thinking it’s the dGPU, but I can totally see why others thought that there’s one in this device. They probably should have just kept the Iris naming and call this specific iGPU Iris A5. Then they could have an Iris A7 and A3, and once they move onto Battlemage it’ll be B3, B5, and B7 and then so on and so forth with Celestial and beyond.

    2. What? There isn’t an Intel Arc A580M in that thing. It is a discrete GPU, no different from the Intel UHD in 10th gen and Iris Xe in 11th, 12th and 13th gen laptop chips. It is like the AMD Radeon 680M in the Ryzen 9 6900H and the Radeom 760M and 780M in this year’s Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 9 CPUs. Even if Intel’s claims that their new integrated GPUs take the Arc A5xxM and Arc A7xxM discrete GPUs and shrink them into a tile are true, they are going to get a lot less power and run at a much lower frequency than any discrete GPU, just as the Radeom 680M and 780M does. What Intel is doing here is providing integrated graphics that compete with AMD, as well as with the Apple Mx and Mx Pro chips (though maybe not the Max and definitely not the Ultra). Looks like they succeeded.

  4. The sheer numbers of available handheld PC slab models and vendors really makes me wonder what the demographics of the purchasers and users of these things are. I think I have a pretty good idea of who could be using them, I just don’t know who typically is. I’ve never seen any statistics on this.
    I wonder that because I figure many people would say I’d be out of touch for not being able to imagine what the typical buyer of an increasingly common product type.