Just a few months after launching a crowdfunding campaign for a handheld gaming PC with detachable controllers and an AMD Ryzen 7 6800U processor, One Netbook is working on a new model that has the same basic design, but features an Intel Core i7-1370P Raptor Lake processor instead of an AMD chip.
The company hasn’t announced pricing or availability details yet. Even the name is uncertain (although there’s some evidence that it will be sold under the same ONEXPLAYER 2 name as the AMD model). But One Netbook has already begun recruiting beta testers in China.
The Intel Core i7-1370P processor is an interesting choice for this sort of device. The 14-core, 20-thread chip is the highest performance processor lineup in Intel’s Alder Lake-P. But it’s also a power-hungry processor. While it’s nominally a 28-watt chip, the processor can consume as much as 64 watts under heavy load, which is likely to take a toll on battery life.
With 1.5 GHz Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics featuring 96 execution units, it should deliver decent gaming performance… but it’ll likely lag behind AMD’s Ryzen 7 6800U and Ryzen 7040 series chips, which feature RDNA 2 and RDNA 3 integrated GPUs, respectively.
One area where a Raptor Lake-P processor is likely to shine, though, is CPU performance. It’s a chip with 6 Performance cores capable of hitting speeds up to 5.2 GHz and 8 Efficiency cores that top out at 3.9 GHz.
So I guess if you’re looking for a general-purpose computer that you plan to use for more than gaming, maybe a Core i7-1370P processor isn’t such a bad idea. Just don’t expect to get more than a couple of hours of battery life while playing AAA games.
But what’s nice of the Nintendo Switch-like design of the ONEXPLAYER 2 (and whatever the new model is called) is that it’s not just made for gaming. Slide the game controllers off the sides and you’ve basically got a chunky, but powerful Windows tablet with an 8.4 inch, 2560 x 1600 pixel display and support for pen and touch input (assuming the new model keeps the same screen as the OXP2).
Connect it to a docking station (or just use the built-in ports) and you can hook up an external display, keyboard, mouse, or other accessories and use the system like a desktop. Or hook up a detachable keyboard and use it like a notebook (or at least like a tablet with a keyboard).
That said, a multi-mode handheld with an Intel Core i7 Raptor Lake-P processor is likely to be rather expensive, and I can’t help wishing that if One Netbook was looking to expand its ONEXPLAYER detachable lineup that the company would have considered making a cheaper, less powerful model rather than one with a pricier, more power-hungry processor.
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My Intel xe handheld is collecting dust. Going for the 7840u.
GPD is testing a 7840U Win 4 refresh.
I’m guessing other handheld makers are also testing 7840U upgrades right now too.
I wish that they will have an updated OneGx1 pro since GPD Win mini and possibly Aya Neo Slide and Flip might be on the horizon soon
You’re right on about them going in the wrong direction chip-wise. With all the variants in this space in the last couple of years, there’s still a Goldilocks device that hasn’t come yet. I was Aya Neo 2021 which I liked, sold that and got a Steam Deck which I love, but what I want is still not on the market. Give me the detachable controllers from this, with the industry standard 7″ 1080p (or even 720p) panel, and a more midrange chip like you mention in this article, either a custom APU like the Steam Deck or just a lower range Ryzen. Maybe a potential OneXPlayer2 mini will fit the bill, but they really have always seemed focused on high end. Why does this 8.4″ screen need to be almost 4k, aside from serving as justification to make the device $1400 or whatever it ends up at. Someone will get the size/ergo/controllers/screen/price balance correct eventually based on all of the products hitting the scene, but we aren’t there yet.
I think anyone smaller than Valve is going to have a hard time getting a custom chip. But opting for a previous-gen chip mid-range chip like the Ryzen 7 6600U might be a good way to balance price and performance.
With a i7-1370P chip, I’d be surprised if this thing went for anything less than $1000 during crowdfunding and suspect it could be $1400+ at retail.
I’ve got the original Onexplayer 1S and in my opinion, the 2560 X 1600 screen is a necessity. Frankly, it’s just less sharp when you go down to 1920 X 1080 on that 8.4 inch screen. Gaming, I don’t think it’s as much of a factor. For everything else you do in windows, I’d say it is. I tend to use my Onexplayer for a lot more than gaming and I do find the larger screen a God send, whereas with any of the smaller screened handheld players, imho, to me, they’re all a one trick pony which I would only use for gaming. I’ve managed to avoid taking my gaming laptop with me on the road and just brought the onexplayer with me, so I think the 2560 X 1600 is a huge selling point.
After installing a fresh 15300mah battery recently, I think the battery life is more than acceptable, even in gaming, but I’m not pushing AAA titles. Just for reference on a recent test, I got 3 hours out of Dead Space 2 running at 2560 X 1600 60FPS, all settings as high as they go. It’s getting long in the tooth by gaming standard for recent AAA games, but I do think after intel’s xe driver upgrades over time, it surprises me with the games it can still play smoothly, and the CPU is still more than capable of running anything in windows 11 lightning quick, so I’m happy to hold on to it until the next gen of handhelds come out.
After using an 8.4 inch screen, I honestly couldn’t go back to a handheld gaming device that has anything with a 7 inch screen or below, even if it’s at the expense of size and weight. Blame that on my aging eyes.