Anbernic’s portable gaming PC is coming in July

Anbernic is a Chinese company that makes handheld gaming devices, most of which are retro gaming devices powered by ARM processors and designed to run Android or Linux software. But it looks like the company is developing its first portable gaming PC with an x86 processor and support for Windows or the Linux-based Steam operating system.

This could make the next Anbernic Win600 an option for gamers looking to play modern PC games. It is expected to go on sale in July 2022 with a price tag of around $300.

This would make the Win600 one of the most affordable portable gaming PCs on the market, but it would also be Anbernic’s most expensive device to date. The company’s ARM-based products typically sell for between $50 and $250.

Anbernic first revealed it was working on the Win600 in January, but the company was slow to provide details on the upcoming device. So far we know it will have an AMD Athlon 3050e processor, which is a 2-core, 4-thread chip supporting processor speeds of up to 2.8 GHz and AMD Radeon Vega 3 graphics with speeds of up to 1 GHz.

While this chip isn’t exactly a speed demon, it should be able to handle retro games, some indie games, and maybe a few recent AAA titles at low graphics settings. I wouldn’t expect Steam Deck level performance from this budget device, but Anbernic recently showed that the Win600 has enough power to handle Nintendo Wii emulation.

The company has also released a number of photos which give us a pretty good look at the design of the case.

The Anbernic Win600 has a small screen surrounded by game controllers including a D-Pad, two analog sticks, action, start and select buttons and shoulder keys.

There’s a vent on the back, indicating the device is being actively cooled, and USB Type-A and Type-C ports on the top of the system. There’s also a Home key on one side and a Windows key on the other, which will likely work as a Start key. Other features should include stereo speakers, 3.5mm audio jack and microphone.

On the left side of the device there’s also a switch that lets you toggle between game controller and mouse modes, a feature we’ve seen on other Windows handhelds, which makes Windows a bit easier to navigate on devices without a physical mouse or keyboard.

This will most likely allow you to move a cursor with an analog stick while using the action buttons for left and right click actions.

And in another recent demo video, Anbernic shows that the system will support both Valve’s Linux-based Steam operating system and Windows 10 software. Support for Steam OS could indicate that the small computer will be powered by an AMD processor, as the latest versions of Steam OS are designed for devices with AMD chips (like Valve’s own Steam Deck).

The Win600 will join an increasingly crowded space that is currently populated by small Chinese companies like GPD, One Netbook and AYA as well as Valve’s Steam Deck (which will ship with the Linux-based Steam operating system, but which features of all the necessary hardware for Windows Games if anyone feels the need to replace the operating system).

via DroiX, Taki Udon, /r/anbernic (1)(2), Obscure Handhelds and Retro Games Corp

This article was originally published on January 17, 2022 and most recently updated on June 22, 2022.

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