With the exception of mini-laptops like the GPD Win Max, the largest screens we’ve seen so far on handheld gaming PCs have been the 8.4 inch displays used for some ONEXPLAYER models and the upcoming AYA Neo Kun.
But there may be a new model with a 10.1 inch display and an unusual-looking design on the way. A company called Meteorish has begun showing pictures and specs for an upcoming handheld with a big screen, plenty of horsepower and… an aesthetic that makes it look more like a Fisher Price toy than a device for hardcore gamers.
And honestly, it’s the unusual controller layout and color scheme that makes me think the Meteorish TJD T101 might actually be a real thing. Because while the company has only shared rendered images rather than real-world photos or videos so far, I can’t imagine why they’d bother mocking up something that looks so much like a toy if the company hadn’t already settled on that design.
I suppose there was no getting around the fact that the controllers are shorter than the screen, as it would be hard to reach the shoulder triggers otherwise. But the rendered images are a little too glossy, and the color schemes range from a rather simplistic white with blue and red accents to a rather odd-looking black with purple, yellow, red and green or yellow with purple and red.
Or maybe this is like scammers who intentionally insert spelling and grammar mistakes into their email messages in an attempt to weed out the less gullible marks. For what it’s worth, there are a few of those on Meteorish website (for example the handheld is said to have a “High-Speed TF Card Slo.”
Anyway, if we take the Meteorish website at face value, the company is promising a Windows 11-handheld with:
- 10.1 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel IPS LCD display
- AMD Ryzen 5 7640U or Ryzen 7 7840U processor options (with up to 35W TDP)
- 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB LPDDR5x memory options
- M.2 2280 PCIe 4.0 storage with 512GB to 4TB SSD options
- 60 Wh battery
- 100W charging
- Hall sensing joysticks
- Hall trigger shoulder buttons
- Dual gyroscopic sensors
- 2 x USB4 Type-C / 40 Gbps ports
- 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port
- 1 x 3.5mm audio jack
- 1 x microSD card reader
- Stereo 2W speakers
- WiFi 6E & Bluetooth 5.2
- Fingerprint sensor in power button
- 343 x 155 x 20mm (13.5″ x 6.1″ x 0.8″)
- 890 grams (2 pounds)
The company says it plans to launch the TD101 through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign in late August or early September, with at least two pricing/configuration options available:
- AMD Ryzen 5 7640U/16GB RAM/1TB storage for $599
- AMD Ryzen 7 7840U/32GB RAM/2TB storage for $999
It’s unclear if the prices listed on the Meteorish website are the retail or crowdfunding prices, but the $599 model would be competitively priced with the Asus ROG Ally and some other entry-level handhelds, although it’s still $200 more than the starting price for a Valve Steam Deck.
The $999 price for the higher-spec configuration puts that model in more direct competition with handhelds from AYA and GPD, which command higher prices for premium specs like more memory or storage than you can get from those handhelds.
At this point I’m still not entirely sure if this thing is a real product that’s undergone any sort of development or just a bunch of pictures. But hopefully that will become more clear closer to launch.
This article was first published July 13, 2023 and most recently updated July 25, 2023 with pricing and crowdfunding information as well as an update on the name: the handheld is now called the TJD T101 rather than the TJD T10.