Over the past few years Chinese PC maker One Netbook has released a bunch of mini-laptop computers in a range of sizes and styles. But the company’s next device will be a little different.
The upcoming One XPlayer is a Windows PC shaped like a handheld game console. It has a touchscreen display in the center, game controllers on the sides, and an Intel Tiger Lake processor under the hood. One thing it doesn’t have? A physical keyboard.
One Netbook posted a short teaser to Chinese video site Bilibili today, and the company plans to share more details in the coming days.
This won’t be the company’s first computer aimed at gamers. The One Netbook OneGx1 Pro mini-laptop also features an Intel Tiger Lake processor, Intel Xe graphics, and detachable game controllers.
But the new One XPlayer drops the physical keyboard for a more compact design, and since the game controllers are integrated rather than detachable, you shouldn’t feel any flex while holding the system. It’s also expected to ship with more powerful versions of Intel’s 11th-gen processors.
The One XPlayer is expected to be available with Intel Core i5-1135G7, Core i7-1165G7, and Core i7-1185G7 processor options. That’s a step up from the Core i5-1130G7 and Core i7-1160G7 chips available in some of the company’s other recent computers, although when reviewing the One Mix 4, I found that the real-world performance differences aren’t all that great.
Here’s what we know about the One XPlayer’s specs so far:
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The XPlayer also looks similar (but not quite identical) to a new device coming soon from China’s Tencent Games, and One Netbook has announced it’s holding an “internal device test meeting” at a Tencent building in Shenzen on March 28, suggesting the two companies may be working together.
One Netbook isn’t the only company playing in the mobile gaming PC space. When the One XPlayer arrives, it will compete with a handful of other devices that are already shipping, including the GPD Win 3 (5.5 inch display, slide-out capacitive touch keyboard, and up to an Intel Core i5-1165G7 processor) and AYA Neo (7 inch touchscreen-only device with AMD Ryzen 5 4500U).
via One Netbook Discord channel
Is Vega 11 with 11 CUs better than the Core i7-1185G7 GPU & any handheld with Vega 11 & 4 core CPU with 12-16gb ram & built in 5G, wifi, BT.
GPD has better prices. Waiting on info to come out on gpd win max 2.
Explain how GPD has better prices when you could have gotten the 1165 Xplayer for $820 with the “super early bird special”, literally the same price when win3 launched, lol. Still even with the super early bird special pricing gone, the Xplayers’ 1165 version alongside adding its PHYSICAL keyboard option (that is actually useful), is for Win3’s same $999 current price. lol. Im not really trying to bash on the Win3, or any of them they each have their own perks. However good luck reading text on that Win3’s screen though honestly(i already know quite a few who have theirs and admitting the small screen is a problem they weren’t expecting). Some just dont understand how important a bigger screen is to having a really good “portable handheld” gaming experience. You can see this in some reviews, as their reaction to the Xplayers bigger screen is quite a welcoming surprise to them. Noticing immediately how big of a difference it really makes having that much extra screen real estate. Mentioning how the bigger screen really makes the games feel quite more immersive. Also keep in mind the battery life on the Win3 is roughly 1hr or so when maxing out tdp. I know you mentioned the Max 2, which i feel imho will be a much better handheld console.
Oh yea and idk about the Max 2 as im thinking it was scrapped and being replaced with this: They are calling it the WIN MAX 2021. Basically Max 2
So, this is going to be both huge and heavy. I just measured the thing with a measurement tape and I don’t think it is going to be easy to hold for extended periods of time.
hit the gym bud, i cant even believe im reading ^ comment. LOOOL
This one might have pogo pins for a external keyboard accessory from what I saw on the gpd discord subchat for one netbook
Needs a keyboard. I’m not going to pay more than $200 for a gaming only PC handheld and I’m sure this thing will cost much more than that.
Keyboard USB attachment – problem solved. Think outside the box a little, dumb*ss. And if you’re such a cheapskate, what are you even doing here, on “liliputing”, a website literally dedicated to an enthusiast market that cares about small form factor computers?
The switch is only $300, and it functions as a console and a handheld, this thing will cost well over $1000, and with no keyboard, people aren’t going to spend that much for something like this.
Said no one ever.
Except people are, because they know that these devices offer an objectively better experience than the Switch; with a larger array of games and emulators that are not possible or available on Switch.
Since this is One Netbook who forgets they have “netbook” in their name and seeing the cost of the AYA NEO, I’m guessing they’re going to charge closer to $2,000 USD for this. For me, I’m predicting this’ll be way too expensive for something that can’t adequately work as a decent UMPC (ie. no keyboard. aka PC tablet that’s not that useful).
Once the price is announced, I’m guessing many people in this niche will ignore it like they ignored the $1,500 OneGx1 Pro.
Yeah, I’m guessing this is going to go the same way as the OneGx1 Pro. It seems that handheld gets almost immediately dismissed purely based on the price and the rest of the device wasn’t even bothered to be looked at.
This is very tempting. We’ll see how the price is though. I almost got the Aya Neo but based on benchmarks and reviews, the Vega GPU in that isn’t that great. Figured the Intel Xe graphics is probably better but I’ll wait and see.
This is One Netbook. They think they’re Sony and price their devices 2x more than competitors.
Yeah, PC gaming needs a keyboard too unless you want to pay premium money to only adequately play a limited number of PC games. Or this thing costs < $200 to justify the limitations no matter the costs of the components.
The thing with handheld gaming consoles is that games are specifically made for them. I doubt any gaming studio will make games specifically for this Windows device.
Seems like a niche device within an already niche market.
Nah… Nowadays, every modern multiplatform game on PC has native gamepad support, from native PC ports, PC exclusives, Xbox Game Pass games and PlayStation ports; that’s not exactly a ‘limited number of PC games’.
Maybe you’re older or speaking from a perspective of 15 years ago, but things have changed a lot since then when it comes to native controller support in PC games. Not to mention Steam’s excellent controller mapping utility has brought controller support to older / non supported games.
For games that absolutely require a keyboard (and mouse), like CSGO or Dota 2, you wouldn’t want to play them with a gamepad in the first place. However, you could simply place the device on a desk, connect it to a monitor, with a KB/M attached, and use it as a portable desktop PC.
And yes, these are currently for a niche market, because these devices (and the small nm SoC’s which power them) are still very new. Also, they all cost ~$750+950, because they’re currently being produced by relatively small independent companies. But the economics could change as more mainstream companies get involved and possibly with future DLSS solutions.
On YouTube, the Aya Neo is currently getting a lot of mainstream attention, so the public awareness for these devices is growing with each month.
It’s a new industry of PC gaming; last year, the GPD Win Max came out, but this year 3 or 4 (or 5?) devices are coming, and next year there will Ryzen 5800U powered devices or better. So while it’s a niche market now, it could become bigger and rival the gaming laptop market, in the coming years.
And you talk about how games need to be specifically made for handhelds, but the Switch basically just plays regular AAA console games/ ports, and is insanely popular. So the demand for a portable that plays AAA games is clearly there. And if you really want to play smaller more handheld-style games, there are plenty of bitesize games like that on Steam/EGS.
It seems you don’t have a Switch based on your Switch paragraph. Try reading tiny text on Windows targeted game. I guess you could use a magnifying glass or put face really close to the screen.
I always crack a smile whenever someone tries to compare the Switch or any gaming handheld console to a gaming handheld PC or any PC where they’re not joking.
Objectively wrong, Tom; I do own a Switch. The irony, Tom, is that you most likely also don’t own a GPD Win 2, founders Aya Neo, GPD Win Max, like me. Text in PC games is perfectly legible on those devices. Generally the UI and text in PC games scales with the resolution you have the game set to. The only issue with legibility is the Win 1 (which I also own) and Win 3 (which I’ve seen videos of) and their <6″ screen; I noticed that some of the UI text in Borderlands 3 on the Win 3 is too small, but having actually played that game on the 7″ Aya Neo, I know, from experience, that it’s just right.
So, I would say 6.2″ is the minimum screen size PC handhelds need to be.
This is all boils down subjective personal use cases. I personally would play keyboard/mouse centric games on a PC handheld while on the go.
That’s what thin and light ultrabook gaming laptops are there for. For example, the small One Mix(?) 10.1″ laptop that was mentioned in this article. That gives you full keyboard access, without cramping, and is small and light enough to carry around in a small bag.
There’s a video on YouTube of someone attaching Nintendo Switch Joy Cons to the side of it via a 3D printed vice, which is pretty cool.
Not to mention the emulation potential with these things. The emulation community is all over these types of devices.
The concept is for people who want to play with gamepad controls, which is possible for nearly every game out there today, with the exception of strategy games, or perhaps some other unique genres.
I play all of my Steam games over Steam Link, streamed to my TV, using an Xbox One controller, and I’ve only encountered maybe 1 game ever that didn’t support gamepads.
Yeah, I play plenty of PC games where I use the keyboard. PC gaming handhelds need keyboards.
Looks like it took a page out of Ford’s “New edge” design language.
It’s nice to see this segment taking off a bit more. Now lets get some of these devices for sale in the North American market. I’m not sending $1000 overseas for an non-warrantied product.
Not liking the direction of these gaming handhelds getting rid of the physical keyboard or using a pretend capacitive keyboard.
There are enough PC games where a keyboard would be useful in addition to the gaming controls. Plus using these as regular handheld PCs with keyboards makes it easier to justify the high price (probably not One Netbook’s usual over inflated prices though).
One Netbook should port their A1 swivel screen to the OneGx1 instead.
Generally agree, but the one solid counterargument I can think of is that pretty much every Chinese device manufacturer manages to screw up the keyboard layout in a completely different way on the device, so the nice thing about it being detached is that you get some freedom as to how you want your keeb to be. Want to use BT? USB? Qwerty? Dvorak? Split? Ortholinear? It’s your call when it’s not built in to the system.
You can use a detached keyboard with any device though. I guess the handheld could be a bit slimmer without a keyboard looking at the AYA NEO.
One solution could be to get some sort of folio keyboard case cover for the device or some kind of bluetooth/USB keyboard attachment that clamps to the device. As these devices become more common, I’m sure peripheral makers will come up with ideas like that.
They’re making flip up keyb for it.
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