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Handheld gaming device maker GPD is working on a follow-up to last year’s GPD Win 3 handheld gaming PC. The upcoming GPD Win 4 will have a similarly compact design with a screen that slides upward to reveal a hidden keyboard. But under the hood, it will pack a lot more horsepower.

GPD hasn’t announced pricing yet, but the company says the Win 4 will be go up for pre-order in December through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign before it becomes more widely available through the GPD store on AliExpress.

Details about the GPD Win 4 began to leak in August, but now the company has confirmed most of the key specs.

The GPD Win 4 will have a 6 inch full HD display, and AMD Ryzen 7 6800U processor with Radeon 680M graphics and support for running at up to 35 watts. The system also supports up to 32GB of LPDDR5-6400 memory and up to a 2TB M.2 2280 PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD.

In other words, the screen is larger and has a higher resolution than the 5.5 inch, 720p display on the GPD Win 3. The processor, graphics, and memory are also seeing significant upgrades.

GPD has also upgraded the keyboard. Instead of capacitive touch keys, the new handheld has a backlit keyboard with physical keys that will move when you press them. The keyboard also has a backlight with support for multiple brightness levels.

The Win 4 also has a fingerprint sensor on the left side of the Win 4, as well as an optical touch sensor on the right side that you can use like a touchpad.

The company has also improved the joysticks by giving the analog sticks hall sensors and adding lights to the L1 and R1 triggers.

With USB-C ports on the top and bottom of the device, the docking station designed for the GPD Win 3 should still work with the new model, even though the size and shape of the device has changed a bit.

GPD says the optional dock provides an HDMI port with support for 4K/60Hz output, a Gigabit Ethernet port, a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port, and three USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports (all of the USB ports support 10 Gbps data transfer speeds).

Other features of the handheld gaming PC include a 6-axis gyroscope for motion controllers, dual vibration motors, a cooling system that includes a fan and dual heat pipes (GPD says to expect 35% better cooling efficiency on the new model), and optional support for 4G LTE thanks to a module that clips onto the back of the device, adding both a cellular modem and support for an additional M.2 2230 or M.2 2242 SSD.

There are also two physical buttons that can be programmed to act as additional buttons in games or other apps.

Based on rendered images, it looks like the screen also does a better job of sitting flush against the sides of the device, making the Win 4 look more like a traditional handheld game console like Sony’s PSP or PS Vita when the screen is down.

Slide the screen upward though, and you have  a keyboard for in-game chats or other activities. And since the Win 4 is a full-fledged Windows PC, you can use it for far more than gaming. In this mode, it’s more analogous to classic UMPC (ultra mobile PC) devices like the Sony VAIO UX or OQO.

GPD Win 4 specs
Display6 inches
1920 x 1080 pixels
Slider (covers a physical keyboard)
InputTouchscreen
Backlit physical Keyboard
Joysticks
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 7 6800U
8 cores / 16 threads
Up to 4.7 GHz
15-35W
GraphicsAMD Radeon 680M
12 RDNA 2 GPU cores
RAM 16GB or 32GB
LPDDR5-6400
Storage1TB or 2TB
PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD
microSD card reader
Battery45.62 Wh
Ports1 x USB4 (40 Gbps)
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
1 x microSD card slot
1 x 3.5mm audio jack
WirelessWiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.2
4G LTE (optional)
AudioStereo speakers
3.5mm audio jack
built-in mic
SecurityWindows
Steam OS dual boot supported
Dimensions220 x 92 x 28mm
Weight570 grams

To see how the Win 4 stacks up against other recent and upcoming handhelds, check out Liliputing’s handheld gaming PC spec comparison table.

via @carygalomb (1)(2)(3), Faust (Taki Udon’s Discord), DNX (gpd_devices Discord), sonyWWDD30 (AYANEO Discord), and MINIXPC

This article was first published August 25, 2022 and most recently updated September 21, 2022. 

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  1. This is one of 3 ways right now you can get that processor with 32GB of ram. There’s an HP, and another GPD laptop thing, and now this. Otherwise, everyone keeps soldering 16GB to the board and calling it good. Wonderful processor, just need to see it set free into more devices.

  2. Adding cost and reducing durability for a keyboard that has very little practical use on a gaming device. Even as a PC, real use would just involve external mouse/KB/monitor anyway

    1. The keyboard is the main reason why I will get this lol. The only other option is Aya Neo Slide. I have the Steam Deck and I miss having a keyboard terrible, especially due to the abysmal touch support on Steam OS Desktop.

      A keyboard has many uses for games. In-game chat, editing config files, setting up emulators, etc, hotkeys for macros and other functions, easy access to save state, load state in emulators, hotkeys for trainers, if you use such things. The uses are numerous.

  3. Quite daring of them to steal Sony’s PSP style. I’ve never paid attention to the current company thanks to their evaluation strategy. One factor that has continuously been substitutable handhelds? Affordability! GPD appears to own lost sight of that…and in a world downswing no less.
    Well…good luck thereupon. once it doesn’t total. Remember, get your straw hats within the winter…and sell them at associate “affordable” worth within the summer.
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    1. Valve has made the “Affordability” strategy completely impossible. No one will ever achieve the price-to-value ratio of a company that prints money passively and can sell hardware at a loss. You either get a very low spec device, like Anbernic WIN600, or you go the high-spec premium route, which GPD has chosen.

      1. You’re making a lot of assumptions. Not everyone likes the Steam Deck because not everyone like Steam. Then there are the continuing compatibility problems, the very limiting lack of any serious cross platform support and the expensive price tag for the “premium” version make it very unattractive. Steam Deck is just not the “golden” option Value wants everyone to think it is. Since you mentioned it, the Anbernic Win600 does a whole lot more for less money and performs within a reasonable margin of the Steam Desk. GPD’s offering here above is impressively more the attractive device, even at a higher cost. Your argument is just silly.

  4. Quite daring of them to steal Sony’s PSP style. I’ve never paid attention to the current company thanks to their evaluation strategy. One factor that has continuously been substitutable handhelds? Affordability! GPD appears to own lost sight of that…and in a world downswing no less.
    Well…good luck thereupon. once it doesn’t total. Remember, get your straw hats within the winter…and sell them at associate “affordable” worth within the summer.

  5. can’t wait for the comparison of this against the Aya neo slide. Hoping that both will be more of a compact size

  6. Sony Copyright lawsuit in….3….2…

    Quite bold of them to steal Sony’s PSP design. I’ve never paid attention to this company because of their pricing strategy. One thing that has always been synonymous handhelds? Affordability! GPD seems to have lost sight of that…and in an international downturn no less.

    Well…good luck with that. When it doesn’t work out. Remember, buy your straw hats in the winter…and sell them at an “affordable” price in the summer.

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  7. Too bad the 4G is not built-in but just an external device. They probably use the old modem as the Max 2 as well.

    I guess I’ll look at the Aya Slide instead and see how that goes since neither has built-in 4G/5G and I like it better so far.

  8. AYA Neo Slide looks better, same specs but you can tilt the screen. I rather Aya Neo Slide.

  9. Re: GPD Win 4 on linux

    Is the screen a vertically oriented phone screen that will behave badly for linux/emulators?

  10. The specs of this device are incredible and gives off premium. Top flight specs, I tell you. Unfortunately you are buying it from GPD, consistently known for building highly unreliable products with little to no customer support. There is no way this thing will cost less than $1000 USD.

  11. I still prefer the ergonomics of the GPD Win-3 over the GPD Win-4. It prioritises the Joysticks and Shoulder Pads, for most modern games (3D/Open World).

    However, while the GPD Win-3 is more compact it is far from pocketable. It’s not like a phone or PSP that can slide into your jeans. So you’ll have to carry that in a backpack. Which means you can afford to increase the size more.

    They could have bumped it up to a 16:10 screen with 8 inch size, and given it thick arm-bars (like SteamDeck) for storing more battery and better grips.

    I think that’s the route GPD should go; backpack console based on x86-Windows and pocket console based on ARM-Android, and stretch the dimensions out appropriately. Right now their GPD XP Plus is “too large” to fit into a pocket, while their GPD Win-3 is “too small” inside a backpack. Contrast that with the Retroid Pocket 3 and the Valve SteamDeck.

  12. Literally EVERYTHING I want in a handheld right here.
    Low profile joysticks, 1080p screen, physical keyboard…

    It’s like my two favorite devices, my PSP and my Sony VAIO UX had a baby.

    Just take my wallet and make this, please.

    1. 100% agree! This is what I’ve been waiting for for years! I would love to see an Android version, but Windows is ok too.

      1. If the WSA works, which I think it should given the specs (seeing if the 6800U supports virtualization was a little hard to get an answer to, but it does), you’ll have Android at the same time pretty much (but don’t expect everything to work perfectly).

  13. Photos of the actual Win 4 looks like a super cheap PS Vita clone. Doubt that’ll change looking at the production Win 3 which looks like it’s still at the “prototype” stage.

  14. If I could afford this it’d replace my desktop lol. Simply because my PC is a potato and this thing would probably be more powerful.

    1. The renders make it look like a knock-off PS Vita.

      The real photos make it look like a cheap knock-off PS Vita.

      1. The resolution hadn’t been revealed yet when the article was first published, but I added it a day later after an insider disclosed that info.

        1. Under the D-Pad there looks to be a Fingerprint Scanner.

          What is that black square-thing?
          (Right-side, and below the Action Buttons and Joystick)

  15. Anyone have any new info on the AYANEO SLIDE?

    Based on that SLIDE shell mockup, I’m liking it better.

      1. So far, I’m leaning towards the Slide over the Win 4.

        If the Aya Flip is small (ie. coat pocketable) and has a keyboard, I’d get it instead. I even bought a 2nd Win 2 after the first broke (user damage) that I take with me while the Deck is only used at home. Would be great to have a “real” successor.

    1. I like the Slide look more too.

      The carbon copy of the PSP look for the Win 4 gave me a knee jerk reaction of thinking I was looking at a PSP clone/knockoff from the swap meet.

  16. steamdeck does fine with on-screen keyboard. Seems like a waste of space, cost, and durability to have the slide-up thing

    1. Some people prefer on screen touch keyboards, others prefer physical keyboards, I for one love small handheld devices with physical keyboards. To each their own and enjoy the variety of choice of products in the marketplace.

      1. I guess my comment is partially based on the fact that I almost never need the onscreen keyboard. So it’s nice that it can pop up, and go away. On a device like this, the drawbacks of its presence will always be there, regardless of how often I use it. Everyone’s different though.

    2. Some people struggle with touch keyboards. I’ve spent a decade and a half typing on a touchscreen and still don’t come close to the speed and accuracy I had with my BlackBerry.

  17. I would say the shape has actually changed quite a bit, but the form factor is the same.
    You know, if they’re going to copy the PSP they could stand to use recessed sticks, or that slider pad the PSP had. Is there just a patent out on that sort of thing that for some reason they’re actually trying to respect?

  18. I’m not sure what I dislike more, the capacitive keyboard on the previous model, or the rubber-membrane keyboard in these photos.