One Netbook has been selling handheld gaming PCs under the ONEXPLAYER brand for a few years, but they tend to be expensive devices packed to the gills with high-end hardware.
The company’s upcoming ONEXFLY will be something different: a smaller, cheaper handheld computer for gaming.
One Netbook hasn’t revealed many details about the ONEXFLY yet, but here’s what we know about the first model in the new line of handhelds so far:
- It will have a 6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display
- It’s powered by an AMD Ryzen 5 7520U “Mendocino” processor
By comparison, most ONEXPLAYER handhelds released so far feature 7 inch or 8.4 inch displays and Intel Core i7 or AMD Ryzen 7 processors designed to deliver high-performance for both CPU and graphics.
AMD’s recently announced Mendocino chips, meanwhile, are designed for budget computers including laptops and Chromebooks with prices starting at around $399.
The AMD Ryzen 5 7520U will be the most powerful Mendocino chip available at launch, but it’s still not going to deliver the kind of horsepower that you’d expect from other current-gen Ryzen chips.
The chip is a 15-watt, 4-core, 8-thread processor with Zen 2 CPU cores and Radeon 610M graphics based on AMD’s RDNA 2 architecture. But while that’s AMD’s current-gen graphics architecture, Mendocino chips have just 2 GPU cores (compared with 6 for the AMD Ryzen 5 6600U, for example, or 12 for the Ryzen 7 6800U).
Other current-gen AMD processors also feature newer Zen 3, 3+, or 4 series CPU cores.
All of which is to say that equipping a handheld computer with a Ryzen 5 7520U processor is certainly a good way to keep the cost low. But it’s also probably going to limit the computer’s ability to play some newer AAA games.
Still, for the right price, the ONEXFLY could be a competitive device for streaming games from the cloud or a home computer or playing indie games or older titles that may be less demanding.
Figuring out what that right price is could be tricky though. Rival handheld gaming PC makers AYA and AYN have both announced plans to sell models with Mendocino chips with prices starting below $300. And Valve’s Steam Deck sells for $399 and up and features a custom AMD processor with 4 Zen 2 CPU cores and 8 RDNA 2 cores.
So far One Netbook has just begun teasing the ONEXFLY on Chinese social media and begun recruiting beta testers. There’s no word on if or when the ONEXFLY will launch globally.
This article was first published September 22, 2022 and most recently updated October 5 with additional pictures and a promo video.
Steam deck has 6 rdna2 cores and it’s just fast enough for 720p gaming. 2 cores is just way too slow.
*6 RDNA2 cores
Disregard this comment.
*8 RDNA2 cores
I was hoping there’d be more competition in the handheld with keyboard space. I use my Win 2 both as a travel handheld PC and gaming handheld.
Pretty convenient to pull out of my pocket and be able to do more things than I would with my phone. Wished it had built-in 4G though. Not a fan of hotspots/tethering.
I guess there’s just not many of us who want a pocketable handheld with a keyboard and mobile broadband. Although, it feels like the non-pocketable bar form factor category is saturated with all them competing nearly directly with the Steam Deck.
Despite my first Win 2 breaking (broken hinge, mouse/control switch, battery, etc.) and GPD’s international warranty support was as bad as it usually is (seems the same still nowadays), I got another Win 2 last year as my travel UMPC + light gaming device.
So far it’s been fine except the mouse/controls don’t always work on resume from sleep. Sleeping and resuming again brings it back.
I still hope GPD or another company creates a spiritual successor to the Win 2. By that, I mean clam shell, keyboard and not bigger in any dimension. Being as powerful as other larger handhelds isn’t a requirement for me. Maybe the Mendocino could work.
I don’t really understand the Full HD screen on a device that at best can play (some) games decently at 720p, the Steam Deck has four times more RDNA2 cores, but it still features a 1280×800 screen for a reason, it keeps costs down and you can’t expect to play many games at higher resolution on similar devices. Unless the focus is really on streaming from the cloud.
There won’t be much difference in price between a 720p screen and a 1080p screen. And the 1080p is better for regular use cases, like web browsing, word documents, etc etc.
The best reason for a 720p screen is for battery life reasons. OLED can let you shut down half the pixels, and give you that extra level of control, but then again OLED would cost more and they’re prone to burn-in.
Burn in isn’t a thing with good OLED screens anymore.
My OnePlus Pro is fairly new, has an expensive Samsung OLED. And I’ve got pretty bad burn-in at the notification bar and the navigation buttons.
So nope. There is a reason Apple is investing billions into other companies like LG, to conduct research into making “synthetic-led” instead of “organic-led”. Not sure when it will be out of the labs, affordable, and ready for mass production. Nor even know what they’ll call it sLED, SoLED, MicroLED, NanoLED ?
Wow, a serious competitor is upcoming