The makers of the Retroid Pocket line of handheld gaming products are showing off a new model featuring a clamshell design. The upcoming Retroid Pocket Flip is about the size of a Nintendo DS, and like Nintendo’s discontinued handhelds, the Pocket Flip can fold in half like a book when you’re not using it. But instead of two screens, this handheld has a game controller on the bottom and a single display on top.
It’s goes up for pre-order March 21 for and it’s expected to begin shipping April 10th. Retail prices start at $159, but customers who pre-order will be able to save up to $10.
One advantage to a clamshell design is that the hinge allows you to open the display to any angle you find comfortable. You also get a bit of screen protection when you’re not using the device.
For the most part the Retroid Pocket Flip has the same specs as the Retroid Pocket 3+. The key differences appear to be the form factor and price: the Pocket 3+ is more of a candybar-style design with a display sandwiched between the game controllers and it sells for $149 and up. The Pocket Flip also has a slightly larger battery.
|Retroid Pocket Flip specs
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2 x ARM Cortex-A75 cores @ 2 GHz
6 x ARM Cortex-A55 cores @ 2 GHz
|Mali-G52 MC2 @ 850 MHz
microSD card reader
|1 x USB Type-C
1 x micro HDMI
1 x 3.5mm audio
1 x microSD card reader
|2 x 1-watt speakers
3.5mm audio jack
|139 x 82 x 25.4mm
|$159 (black, indigo, or 16-bit colors)
$164 (watermelon or sport red colors)
The Retroid Pocket Flip’s game controllers include a D-Pad, two analog sticks, A, X, Y, and B buttons, L1, L2, R1, and R2 shoulder buttons with analog triggers, and user-programmable M1 and M2 buttons. The analog sticks feature hall sensors and also act as L3 and R3 buttons when you click them.
The company says the Pocket Flip will be available in five color options. There’s a “sport red” version that’s red with black buttons, an all-black model, a “16-bit US” version with a Super Nintendo-inspired grey and purple color scheme, a Gamecube-inspired “Indigo” model, and a “watermelon” version with a semi-transparent red case.
The Sport Red model is said to be a limited edition model: only up to 1,500 units will be produced in that color.
This article was first published March 15, 2023 and most recently updated March 17, 2023.