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The ONEXPLAYER line of handheld gaming PCs feature Nintendo Switch-style designs with a screen sandwiched between a set of game controllers. But so far they’ve lacked one feature that makes the Switch special: those controllers aren’t detachable.

That’s set to change next year with the launch of the ONEXPLAYER 2. It’s first model in the lineup to feature removable controllers, allowing you to use the device as a gaming handheld, a tablet, or a laptop (with an optional keyboard accessory). Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but One Netbook plans to begin taking pre-orders through an Indiegogo campaign that will launch December 20th. The ONEXPLAYER 2 should begin shipping to backers in March or April, 2023.

The company had originally planned to launch that crowdfunding campaign on November 25th, but pushed the date back by a month.

The ONEXPLAYER 2 is expected to have an 8.4 inch, 2560 x 1600 pixel display, a 65.8 Wh battery, and come with a choice of AMD Ryzen 7 6800U or 13th-gen Intel Core processor options. It will measure 310 x 127 x 22.5mm with the joysticks attached, or 208mm wide when used as a tablet without the joysticks.

Since Intel hasn’t launched any 13th-gen mobile chips yet, it’s fairly safe to assume that only the AMD model will be available for pre-order this week, with an Intel option set to join it at a later date.

While Nintendo innovated the tablet-with-detachable controllers design, it’s a style that’s becoming slightly more popular. The Razer Edge Android tablet, for example, has a similar design. But the ONEXPLAYER 2 stands out from both the Switch and the Edge thanks to its larger, higher-resolution display and full-fledged PC specs.

Many of the company’s current handhelds feature 16GB to 32GB of RAM and up to 2TB, and recent models ship with Windows 11. They also tend to be rather expensive, with price tags typically around $1000 and higher, so that’s another thing that sets ONEXPLAYER devices apart from the Nintendo Switch or Razer Edge.

But as a multifunction device, it’s theoretically possible that this is a mobile gaming system that could also function as your laptop. And not only will it work as a standalone tablet with a touchscreen display, but One Netbook notes that it will also work with an optional pen accessory that supports 4096 levels of pressure-sensitive input.

One thing to keep in mind though, is that while One Netbook produces some very intriguing hardware, the company has a spotty track record with customer service and support. While I’ve been fairly impressed with a number of demo units the company has sent me to review over the years, in that time I’ve also heard a number of complaints from customers who were unable to get the company to offer repairs, refunds, or other support.

via /r/ONEXPLAYER (1)(2)

This article was originally published November 21, 2022 and most recently updated November 25, 2022. 

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  1. I prefer if they improved on the OneGx1 line. Maybe even make it smaller. Definitely not bigger like what GPD is doing.

    The OneGx1 definitely needs improvements but I really like the 7″ screened clamshell concept.

  2. Will this have built-in 4G/5G and an improved keyboard attachment (the original one was pretty bad)?

  3. Ah man. So no more OneGx1 line? I have one with 4G (4G is great when traveling!). It definitely needs improvement but the form factor + very small size in general is great for a combo UMPC + gaming handheld.

    1. Yeah, a Win 2 successor, a much smaller Win Max 2 or an updated OneGx1 4G that’s not bigger (maybe even smaller if that back can be smaller) would be enticing enough for me to get in addition to my Steam Deck. I’d risk these small companies’ not great QC and bad support.

      6800U and the other things these have just aren’t enough unless you can’t easily get a Deck nor get Valve’s most excellent post-sales support.

      1. Same. Clam shells no bigger than the OneGx1/smaller than the Win Max 1 are the only ones I’d buy for the next couple of years now that I have a Steam Deck (unless there’s a Deck 2 before then).

        For slab form factors, the differences just aren’t enough and there are too many positives buying from Valve over these small not well run companies.

  4. Nintendo didn’t innovate the design, they only optimized it. Literally the SOLE innovation of the Switch is that each controller half can function as it’s own standalone controller.

  5. I was hoping for One Netbook to make another attempt at the OneGx1 form factor: clam shell/small notebook (smaller than the Win Max) with built-in 4G/5G.

    Detachable controllers wasn’t the part I particularly wanted to make a comeback. Although it does make my OneGx1 Pro LTE more portable if I’m only using for UMPC purposes.

    1. I guess One Netbook has given up on the clamshell form factor since the newer OneXPlayer is getting a sequel before the OneGx1.

      Too bad. I passed on the Win Max 2 since it’s too big for the form factor.

    2. I suppose they could actually use the controller rails to have both form factors. They’d just need to have a keyboard accessory with a hinge that has a couple of protrusions that slide into the rails. Ideally with an extra battery in it to balance the weight.
      I wouldn’t bet on that though. Market research says everyone’s buying the slab shape…never mind that that’s because because everyone making handheld PCs are only making the slab shape. And they’re making the slab shape because the steam deck sold well, never mind that it sells because it’s good value for the money.