There’s something kind of familiar looking about the Powkiddy X2, a handheld game console with red and blue game controllers on either side of a 7 inch display.

But while the Powkiddy X2 looks like a Nintendo Switch, it lacks much of the functionality that makes Nintendo’s little game console special. The controllers aren’t detachable. The display resolution is lower. The processor is slower. And you can’t actually play Switch games.

That said, the Powkiddy X2 is a lot cheaper than a $300 Nintendo Switch — you can pick one up for $80 from AliExpress.

To be fair, there’s no shortage of inexpensive handheld game systems from Chinese device makers. The only thing that’s truly notable about this model is its knock-off design… and I guess I’m kind of falling for the PR stunt.

That said, here’s what the Powkiddy x2 has to offer:

  • 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel IPS display
  • 1.3 GHz ARM Cortex-A7 quad-core processor
  • 3,000 mAh battery
  • HDMI output
  • microSD card reader
  • 2 x micro USB ports

According to the product description, the system comes with 11 game console emulators pre-installed, allowing you to run games for classic consoles including the Sony PlayStation, Sega MegaDrive, NeoGeo, NES, SNES, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance.

While it’s designed for handheld use, you can also use it as a sort of living room console by running an HDMI cable to a TV and plugging in up to two controllers using the device’s micro USB ports.


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3 replies on “Powkiddy X2 handheld game console looks like a Nintendo Switch (but doesn’t do Switch things)”

  1. I guess Chinese manufacturers still haven’t figured out that copying a design only makes the product a laughing stock and retroactively invalidates all their previous devices and achievements as a serious effort.

    1. Nah, it’s crap.
      Go for an Odroid Go Advanced, much better support and quality. Otherwise buy a used PSP, PS Vita, or even a Switch instead (and run custom firmware).

      Or even better, just use your phone for gaming and emulation. If you can’t handle the on-screen buttons just use your Xbox One S controller with it.

      Alternatively you can get a controller like the Razer JungleCat (best portability), or the iPega 9167 DoubleSpike (best value), or the GameSir T1s (best ergonomics). And use that on a separate phone for gaming only, so your main phone doesn’t run out of juice. And you can also carry a PowerBank too. There’s no more User Replaceable Battery phones… for that you’re gonna have to go for the LG V20 or the Samsung Note 4-Exynos, and run Custom ROMs.

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