Chinese phone maker TECNO is the latest company making a play for the handheld gaming PC. But the company’s new TECNO Pocket GO is a little different from… anything else on the market.

That’s because instead of a small screen surrounded by a set of controllers, the handheld itself looks like a somewhat chunky game controller with no screen at all and a few extra ports. But it comes with a pair of AR glasses that act as a display, giving you a virtual big-screen viewing experience.

The company unveiled the TECNO Pocket GO during Mobile World Congress, and has supplied a limited set of specs, so here’s what we know so far:

  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 8840HS (35W, 8-cores, 16-threads, up to 5.1 GHz)
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon 780M (12 x RDNA 3 compute units)
  • RAM: 16GB LPDDR5
  • Storage: 1TB PCIe 4.0 SSD
  • Battery: 50Wh (user replaceable)
  • Cooling: Fan + 3 copper heat pipes

As for the AR glasses, TECNO is saying more about what they can do than what’s actually inside. The company says there are two 0.71 inch micro OLED displays that offer the equivalent of a 215 inch screen when viewed from 6 meters (about 20 feet) away… which I guess is one way of saying they’d prefer you to compare it to a movie theater screen than a big screen TV?

The system is also said to support vision tracking and vibration and it looks like you can also use the AR glasses with smartphones.

The handheld itself appears to have at least two USB-C ports and a 3.5mm audio jack, vents for the fan, and the usual set of controller features including dual analog sticks, a D-Pad, X, Y, A, and B buttons, shoulder triggers, plus a few addition function keys.

TECNO hasn’t announced pricing or availability yet.

via NotebookCheck, Yanko Design, and Digital Trends

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  1. The controls not being offset enough irks me greatly, but this is definitely a cool concept. Actually, this greatly reminds me of those cheapo Chinese Famiclones that they put inside fans N64 shells, but now it’s evolved into a PC.

  2. Tecno seems to have cracked it. It would do well. It might cause some accidents as it is not AR, also the controls would take some getting used as we would be essentially blind to these. So they need to work on these two aspects, provide front camera feed, place i behind screen when stationary. provide controller virtualization of our hands abstractly (it shows ghost fingers as these move over the controller (again not real camera feed)

    1. You know, it’s not actually clear if you can see through the displays or not, but I think you can at least see underneath them, so perhaps that’s good enough to count as “augmented reality” to them.
      Since there’s no other motion controls, you could probably get by with just a swivel chair even if you can’t really see through it. But compared to most VR headsets and a regular desktop, this will probably be very, very disappointing. I’m just not sure if it would be more disappointing if you can’t actually see through it.

  3. This is going to be heavy as a rock and hot as a volcano and the battery will run out of juice in less than an hour.

    1. It has a 50 watt hour battery. It will last a bit longer than the rog ally legion go and og lcd steam deck at 20 watts.
      There are already first impressions of it online and people like it.

      1. Also it isn’t that heavy due to there being no screen. It is lighter than the go, ally and steam deck.
        The size of it is a bit smaller than the ayaneo air , though it is a bit thicker lol.

  4. Interesting idea, but still many unanswered questions regarding the unit specs (SSD replaceable?), hall sensors? which OS it runs? etc, etc…
    BTW, from this article “which I guess is one way of saying they’d prefer you to compare it to a movie theater screen than a big screen TV?” actually, the official website, does compare to a big 215″ TV…not movie theater…

    1. The distinction is meaningless anyway since it’s a floating virtual display. Is it a 215″ tv floating 6 meters from you? Is it a 20″ screen floating 1 foot from you? Is it a 23 foot screen floating 20 feet away? Doesn’t matter, it’s all focused at infinity and superimposed over everything. The important metric is the maximum field of view that it can create virtual displays in, which would be measured in degrees, but that doesn’t mean as much to the average person so you get 215″ at 6m because why not make the numbers big and impressive sounding.