The GPD Win Max is a tiny laptop computer with an 8 inch display, a backlit QWERTY keyboard, and an Intel Ice Lake processor with Iris Plus graphics. It’s also a little gaming machine, with built-in game controllers above the keyboard.
GPD has been working on the Win Max for more than a year, and now the company has announced that it’ll be available for pre-order through a crowdfunding campaign set to begin May 18th.
Backers of the campaign will be able to pick one up for a promotional price of $779. The full retail price will likely be higher when the little laptop begins shipping after the campaign ends on June 30th.
Update: You can check out Liliputing’s in-depth GPD Win Max Preview for hands-on photos, performance notes, and lots of videos.
The Win Max is an unusual computer in a lot of ways — it’s smaller than most laptops, but not quite small enough to fit in a pocket like GPD’s Pocket line of mini laptops with 7 inch displays. And with the built-in game controller buttons, it might make more sense to compare the Win Max with GPD’s Win line of tiny gaming handhelds PCs… but not only does it have a bigger screen and faster processor, it also has a keyboard large enough for touch-typing.
In other words, the Win Max is more of a jack-of-all-trades device than anything GPD has released to date. You can use it as a little laptop and ignore the gaming features, or you can use it as a little gaming PC and forget about web browsing, Office, and other productivity features.
We’ll probably have to wait for some hands-on reviews before we can determine how well suited it is for each of those activities and whether it makes sense to put so many functions into such a small PC. But I’m looking forward to finding out — I should be getting a pre-production Win Max to try out sometime in the next few weeks.
Here’s everything we know so far about the specs for the GPD Win Max:
|Display||8 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel capacitive touchscreen (500 nits and 90% DCI-P3 color gamut)|
|CPU||Intel Core i5-1035G7 (4-cores/8-threads)|
|GPU||Intel Iris Plus 940 64EU|
|TDP||15/20/25 watts (adjustable in BIOS)|
|Storage||512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 2280|
|Connectivity||802.11ax/Bluetooth 5.0/Gigabit Ethernet|
|USB Ports||1 x TB3, 1 x USB- 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, 2 x USB 3.1 Type-A|
|Other ports||HDMI 2.0b (4K60fps), RJ45, microSDXC, 3.5mm audio|
|Battery||57 Wh (3 x 5000 mAh)|
|Power supply||65W Gallium Nitride power adapter (75mm x 36mm)|
|Cooling||2 x fans and 2 x heat pipes|
|Dimensions||205mm x 140mm x 24.5mm (8.1″ x 5.5″ x 1″)|
|Weight||800 grams (1.8 pounds)|
|Price||$779 during crowdfunding|
GPD is also planning to sell the Win Max in its home country of China starting May 20th. It’ll be available for the equivalent of $705 for early backers, before the price goes up to $820.
The company also recently shared a picture of the 65 watt power adapter for the upcoming mini laptop — and notes that it’s not much larger than the 24W power adapter for the GPD Win 2 handheld gaming PC.
WIN MAX charger(65W) and WIN 2 charger(24W)
2.5 times power stronger but similar size pic.twitter.com/ErAS0SxGpw
— GPD Game Consoles (@softwincn) April 27, 2020
Meanwhile, rival mini PC maker One Netbook has shared the first set of pictures that give us an idea of what the company’s upcoming mini gaming laptop will look like. The One Netbook One GX has a 7 inch display and lacks the integrated game controllers, but will work with a set of detachable controllers… and has an Alienware-inspired exhaust system on the back of the little PC.
Hi! Meet the #onegx . The new gaming umpc pic.twitter.com/Pt9TDusa5X
— One-netbook official (@OnenetbookO) April 27, 2020
It would be nice if One Netbook would post some specs or a timeline or literally anything other than pictures at this point. I’d like to know if it’s going to support Thunderbolt, how the hardware will compare to the Win Max, and whether or not it’s close enough to sale that I should hold out and compare the two. The pictures look nice and all, but the Win Max is a known quantity at this point, if you’re going to compete with it, you need more than a couple of promo shots and bad English.
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