The GPD Win Max 2021 is a handheld gaming computer that’s basically a compact laptop with an 8 inch display and game controllers above the keyboard. A follow-up to last year’s Win Max, the new model is available with a choice of Intel or AMD processor options.
GPD unveiled the Win Max 2021 earlier this month, and now the company says it’ll go up for pre-order through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign set to begin in late June.
Folks who already have the original Win Max will also have the option of buying a new motherboard so they can keep their old device while upgrading the processor.
There are a growing number of handheld gaming computers on the market, and the list could get even longer – Valve is expected to enter the space with its own “SteamPal” handheld later in 2021.
But the Win Max 2021 is unlike anything else on the market for a few reasons. First, it’s the only model I’m aware of that you could really use as laptop without connecting any additional hardware. The QWERTY keyboard is just (barely) large enough for touch-typing, and the 8 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel touchscreen display is large enough for web browsing, video consumption, or simple productivity applications.
Second, it’s the only model I’m aware of that’s available with a choice of Intel or AMD processors. GPD will offer three different chip options:
- AMD Ryzen 7 4800U (1.8 GHz base/4.2 GHz boost, 8-cores/16-threads with Radeon Vega 8 graphics)
- Intel Core i7-1165G7 ( 2.8 GHz base/4.7 GHz Turbo, 4-cores/8-threads with Iris Xe 96eu graphics)
- Intel Core i7-1185G7 (3 GHz base/4.8 GHz Turbo, 4-cores/8-threads with Iris Xe 96eu graphics)
GPD hasn’t revealed pricing for the Win Max 2021 yet, but the company has provided some more details about expected performance, ports, and durability.
A New design in line of Aya Neo, ONEXPLAYER, or GPD Win 3, would have been much better. The GPD Win 2 . Shell type design, it is more fragile and less comfortable to play.
I will wait for this device. I own a GPD WIN 2, and I didn’t have any issues.
I’m going to wait and see if the Valve “SteamPal” is a real thing or not.
Given my experience with the GPD Win 1, 2 and the current mess going on with the Win 3 (pre-installed malware, people getting a wrong and worse Wi-Fi chip, joysticks having various HW issues, charging problems, sliding screen issues, etc.), I’d be more inclined to get a device from a large company than GPD even if it has design choices I don’t like.
I have the Steam Controller and I think it’s a great controller. I hear their VR headset is pretty good too. So Valve can make quality HW.
Agreed. This is why I opted for the onexplayer, which hopefully won’t have as many issues. I, too, have both Win and Win2 and both have henge problems even though I am a light user and treat my devices respectfully (no holding from the screen corner, for example). I also noticed that the abxy buttons in Win2 started to feel too mushy for a lightly used device. I wonder how bad heavy users have it with these devices.
Same. If the SteamPal (I hope the final name is different) is released even with some design drawbacks, I’ll be ditching GPD.
It’s great that GPD was serving this niche but there devices have and still continue to have quality and reliability issues with hit or miss resolution from GPD.
Wow, what manufacture offers the option to replace the motherboard in your old mobile device, IMPRESSIVE!
Companies with a customer base that doesn’t trust them to assemble their own products correctly.
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