The GPD Win Mini is either a handheld gaming PC with a 7 inch display and a clamshell design with a QWERTY keyboard, touchpad, and built-in game controllers in the bottom section.

GPD launched the first model in the fall of 2023, and now the company has launched a new model that’s available for pre-order through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for $879 and up. But the new GPD Win Mini (2024) is also losing at least one feature that made its predecessor special.

For the most part the new model looks virtually identical to its predecessor, but there are several significant changes:

  • Processor: The new model has a Ryzen 7 8840U processor, which should bring a significant boost in AI performance over the previous-gen’s Ryzen 7 7840U.
  • Display: The screen is still a 7 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, but now it support variable screen refresh rates and AMD FreeSync. It’s also a native landscape screen rather than one designed for portrait orientation that has to be rotated via software, and GPD says it has anti-reflective and anti-fingerprint surface treatments.
  • Efficiency: GPD has removed the DisplayPort-to-MIPI chip, which leads to reduced power consumption and heat.
  • Ports: The GPD Win Mini (2023) had an OCuLink port, but the Win Mini (2024) does not. Instead it has a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port in that spot.

That last change means that users who want to connect an external graphics dock will have to use a USB4 Type-C connector which caps data transfer speeds at 40 Gbps, since there’s no longer support for 63 Gbps OCuLink connections. That might not make much of a difference when using entry-level graphics cards, but could limit the potential of higher-performance eGPUs.

But, all things considered, a device like the GPD Win Mini is really designed for gaming on the go, so while it’s nice to be able to connect an external graphics card when you’re sitting at your desk, it’s probably more significant that the Ryzen 7 8840U processor has the same Radeon 780M integrated GPU as the 7840U chip, with 12 RDNA 3 compute units. That should be good enough to handle a wide range of PC games at 1080p or lower resolutions.

And according to Cary Golomb (The Phawx), GPD decided it was more important to include a USB Type-A port than an OCuLink port, based on feedback from customers.

As for why the company is introducing a new model so soon after the original began shipping? Golomb says it’s because the 7 inch, 1080p native landscape displays that Asus uses for the ROG Ally only recently became available to other companies. with support for variable refresh rates only recently became available to companies, and GPD wanted to bring that to market.

The GPD Win Mini (2024) is expected to begin shipping in April, and there are two configurations available for pre-order during crowdfunding:

  • Ryzen 7 8840U/32GB/512GB for $879 during crowdfunding
  • Ryzen 7 8840U/32GB/2TB for $999 during crowdfunding

The crowdfunding page also mentions models with Ryzen 5 8640U chips and Radeon 760M graphics, but there are no pricing details for those models yet.

Those prices represent 11% and 8% off the expected retail prices, respectively. GPD will also offer bundles that include a GPD G1 external graphics dock with AMD Radeon RX 7600M XT graphics.

GPD Win Mini specs
Display7 inches
1920 x 1080 pixels
120 Hz
Variable Screen refresh
500 nits
Native Landscape orientation
10-point multitouch
Corning Gorilla Glass 6
CPUAMD Ryzen 5 8640U or Ryzen 7 8840U
GPURadeon 760M or 780M
TDP15 – 30W
RAM32GB
LPDDR5-6400
Storage512GB or 2TB
M.2 2230 PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD
OSWindows 11
AudioStereo speakers
3.5mm audio jack
Built-in microphone
DTS:X Ultra sound effects
Ports1 x USB4 (40 Gbps)
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C (10 Gbps)
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A (10 Gbps)
1 x microSD card slot
1 x 3.5mm audio jack
WirelessWiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.2
KeyboardScissor switch keys
Backlit
TouchpadSupports up to 4 finger gestures
MouseSwitch lets you use joysticks to simulate mouse input
JoysticksHall effect joysticks
Programmable keysL4 and R4 are user programmable macro keys
Other controller featuresAction buttons, D-Pad, dual-linear vibration motors, 6-axis motion sensors
Battery & charging44.24 Wh battery
65W USB-PD power adapter
MaterialAluminum alloy, magnesium alloy, and polycarbonate
CoolingFan + heat pipe
Dimensions168 x 109 x 26mm
Weight520 grams

This article was first published March 1, 2024 and most recently updated March 6, 2024 to reflect that the crowdfunding campaign has begun. 

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    1. The clamshell UMPC form factor was the one device I had hoped GPD would offer a built-in 4G/5G modem option. I also don’t like hotspotting my phone.

      Maybe the Win Mini 3.

  1. I only got the Mini recently so I won’t be upgrading but I’m glad they put in the USB-A port. My Oculink port is so useless.

  2. Great that they got rid of the Oculink port since I actually use USB-A.

    Too bad I already have the Mini with the crappy Oculink port. Too soon to replace my device.

  3. I’m not sure if it was a good option the lacking of oculink port. There are many preferences, I guess that is a good option to keep them. If you don’t use it, great, somebody else will do it.

  4. I passed on the previous Mini since it was larger than my Win 2. The difference was enough such that I wouldn’t pocket it like I do the Win 2 (I tried with a friend’s Mini and, despite fitting, it was uncomfortable enough that I wouldn’t do it). The lack of a USB-A port was a let down too. I’m fine with no Oculink port since it’s useless to me.

    Even though I don’t consider it comfortably pocketable, I may pick up this refresh when it goes for retail. Especially since my Win 2’s hinge finally broke, the face buttons are mushy now, the battery capacity is <80% and I don’t feel like fixing it.

  5. Great that they got rid of the Oculink port. I’d actually use the USB-A port. The Oculink port is just an air vent to me.

    1. I think they think from mass market perspective that seriousgamers don’t know their hardware. So basically its for kids, with adult prics.

  6. I find the removal of the oculink port to be deeply concerning. I sincerely hope its removal was actually just more of a cost-cutting measure for the refresh of the win mini, and not an indication of GPD intending to drop the inclusion of a proper high-bandwidth, low-overhead external interface for use with things like their GPD G1 gpu dock on future handheld pcs (like the Pocket 4 & P4 Max…). I mean, usb-c to usb-a adapters and hubs are dirt-cheap and available everywhere.

    Obviously lots of people have different use-cases, but for me personally, I quite like the idea of my main pc being small, less power-hungry, and “good enough” for on-the-go use/fun and then being able to expand its performance when I get to my destination in order to handle more demanding scenarios.

    1. I agree. I can see the rationale for this particular device size, but I hope it doesn’t indicate a general shift away from oculink just after the port started showing up in a small number of devices. Particularly I hope they keep it in their 10 inch Win Max 2 line. Just waiting for the onedock to finally try out high bandwidth eGPU docking after USB 4 turned out to be unsupported for connecting my Aorus gaming box with my older 6800U Win Max 2 after the update to Win 11 22H2 – worked alright on the 21H2 version the device was delivered with.
      With oculink at least wonky AMD USB 4 drivers won’t interfere

  7. OOOh, I have the 2023 model and I love it! I wouldn’t upgrade for the 8840U CPU, but the VRR display and USB-A port are tempting…

  8. The native landscape display is a pretty big deal for anyone wanting to run an OS other than Windows on GPD devices. I’ve had the original GPD Win and the Win 2, and I gave up on both of them because Linux support was basically nonexistent. Granted, I wasn’t as interested in the gaming aspect so I wasn’t the target demographic, but I am definitely interested in getting this one now that all the pieces are in place for good Linux support. I do have a Steam Deck but it’s awkward to use with the onscreen keyboard or with a portable keyboard, otherwise it would be my mobile Linux PC instead of my bedside gaming toy.

  9. I have a hard time believing that the majority of customers wanted a USB Type A port over an Oculink port. That seems like a cost saving measure and one that means this GPD won’t be on my list

    1. Maybe I just haven’t been following the news close enough, but I haven’t really seen any convenient external GPU enclosures for desktop graphics cards which have an oculink port. Most of the docks with one use laptop discrete graphics. As an exception, there are bracket thingies that are open to the air and require an ATX power supply which you can get, but they’re going to be kind of a jumbled pile of cables.
      If things like the Razer Core X had an oculink connector, I could see there being more demand for one than for a USB-A port.

    2. I certainly prefer the USB-A port. It’s a port I will actually use from time-to-time, unlike Oculink. I bought a 2023 model anyways, but I’m tempted to upgrade in part for the USB-A port.

    3. I thought Mini Cool Edge is the successor and that Oculink is too vulnerable and insecure