The ONEXPLAYER is a handheld gaming PC with an 8.4 inch, 2560 x 1600 pixel touchscreen display surrounded by game controllers. First launched in May with up to an Intel Core i5-1185G7 processor, it was one of the most powerful devices in the handheld gaming space… until the company launched a new model with a Core i7-1195G7 chip in September.

Now One Netbook is preparing something different: a ONEXPLAYER AMD Edition.

One Netbook is inviting potential beta testers to sign up for a chance to test the ONEXPLAYER AMD Edition, and the company has started providing demo units to testers in China, where the company appears to be offering beta hardware with two different (but very similar) processor options:

Both of those are 8-core, 16-thread chips with Zen 2 processor cores, AMD Radeon Vega 8 graphics, and configurable TDP settings in the 10 to 25-watt range. The Ryzen 7 5700U is about a year newer and it has a slightly faster GPU and slightly higher max CPU boost frequency.

It’s unclear whether One Netbook actually plans to sell the ONEXPLAYER AMD Edition with a choice of those two processors or if the company is just asking beta testers to try them both out to see which is a better fit.

YouTuber Project-SBC got his hands on a model with the Ryzen 7 5700U processor and reports that it looks identical to an Intel-powered ONEXPLAYER on the outside, but under the hood it does have AMD’s processor. He’s begun posting some hands-on videos showing game play on this pre-release prototype:

One Netbook doesn’t plan to phase out the Intel version of the ONEXPLAYER. Instead the company will offer a choice of Intel or AMD processors moving forward, which is a way for the company to diversify its portfolio a bit in a move that could help the company’s devices better compete with devices like the GPD Win Max 2021, which is also available with a choice of processors.

Whether the move helps One Netbook stay competitive at a time when the Valve Steam Deck will begin shipping to customers who paid $399 and up soon, remains to be seen.

The Steam Deck has a smaller, lower-resolution display and ships with Valve’s Linux-based Steam OS rather than Windows. But it also has a custom AMD processor with RDNA 2 graphics, which should make it very competitive, especially considering that handheld gaming PCs from Chinese device makers like One Netbook, GPD, and AYA tend to sell for closer to $1,000.

Valve, which is better known for software than hardware, also has the advantage of operating the popular Steam game client used by millions of gamers, while One Netbook and its peers have a bit of a spotty track record when it comes to providing customer support for their products.

One advantage companies like One Netbook, GPD, and AYA have though? You don’t typically have to wait as long to get your hands on their hardware. Folks who pre-order a Steam Deck today will have to wait months for it to arrive.

This article was originally published November 9, 2021 and last updated November 15, 2021. 

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12 replies on “ONEXPLAYER AMD Edition handheld gaming PC coming soon”

  1. The OneXPlayer seems pretty meh when you can get the Deck soon. I’m sure they’ll be popping up on eBay, AliExpress and other places soonish.

    I would potentially be interested in an upgraded OneGx1 even though I’ve only had my Pro LTE for ~9 months. It could certainly be improved and would stand out from the Deck more so than the XPlayer.

  2. My household has 2 December and 2 Q1 Decks reserved. I’m keeping mine but

    2 are planning on selling theirs immediately. Unopened.
    1 already has a buyer from someone in a country that can’t reserve a Deck.
    1 is considering selling if the resale price is very “high”.

    So, yeah, why get any of these other candy bar handhelds when you can get a Deck one way or another?

  3. +1 for an improved + AMD version of the OneGx1.

    I don’t see the point of getting a ONEXPLAYER form factor when the Steam Deck will soon be available. As someone else mentioned, you might be able to get a Steam Deck from a scalper cheaper than the ONEXPLAYER.

    1. Yeah it’s just more proof that these boutique sellers are just price gouging cause they can. I thought the AYA neo made sense at $599 because you could get 14 or 15.6 inch laptop with the same APU for about $499 at the time. When I saw the post launch MSRP I just laughed.

    2. The Steam Deck is now delayed until February for initial shipments.

      The ONEXPLAYER is still DOA though. Just wait to get the Deck from resellers.

  4. ONEXPLAYER was my favorite of all the mobile x64 handheld designs that I’ve seen but the lack of AMD option killed it for me. I have the Steamdeck on pre-order and should have it early next year. If they could get the AMD powered ONEXPLAYER under the 800 dollar mark, then I could see it being successful.

  5. Yeah, I hope they continue the OneGx line in parallel. With the Steam Deck, Win 3 and AYA NEO, the ONEXPLAYER doesn’t have much to differentiate itself. Soon people will probably be able to get the Deck from scalpers and still get cheaper than the ONEXPLAYER.

    With the OneGx, having a swivel screen would allow for both slab and clam shell form factor in one device. They’re not GPD so I’m sure they can make a reliable hinge.

  6. I’m hoping they continue the OneGx1 line. I’m very much enjoying my OneGx1 Pro LTE. That built-in LTE has been super useful too.

    It’s been said before but form factor-wise, I’d like them to update the Gx line to have swivel screen like their A1 and make the controllers wired when attached like Switch Joycons. If they can make the back smaller, then that’d be good too. Makes it difficult to put into some pockets.

    1. An improved OneGx1 Pro LTE would be awesome. An AMD variant could give them reason to design an improved version too. Both on Windows and Linux, the Intel drivers has been problematic on my OneGx1 Pro LTE.

      People have certainly already provided feedback on what could be improved on the OneGx1 that One Netbook could address.

    2. This.

      With the Steam Deck and despite Valve saying they want other OEMs to make Deck-alike systems too, I believe the ONEXPLAYER is dead along with the AYA NEO and GPD Win 3 slab form factors.

      I’d sooner get a Deck from a scalper than one of these other slab handhelds.

    3. A swivel screen and detachable controllers connecting via pogo pins would be awesome.

      I also hope they keep the LTE option.

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