AMD Ryzen 7 6800U powered GPD Win Max 2 prototype could be ready by June 2022
A previous rumour suggested that the upcoming GPD Win Max 2 handheld console would be powered by an Intel Core i7-1280p processor. Shortly after, details about a AMD Ryzen 7 6800U variant emerged. While the Intel Alder Lake processor is no slouch, as demonstrated by our in-depth benchmarks, the Zen 3+ APU is better suited for gaming due to its Radeon 680M iGPU.
GPD has reportedly received its first shipment of Ryzen 7 6800U chips, and a GPD Win Max 2 prototype will be ready by June 2022. The information comes from Cary Golomb, a YouTuber content creator who focuses exclusively on handheld consoles. Sales should ideally commence in the following weeks, much before the other Ryzen 7 6800U powered Aya Neo 2 is slated to hit shelves. Onexplayer, another upcoming competitior in the handheld market, is yet to announce a Zen 3+ refresh of its consoles.
While the GPD Win Max 2 classifies itself as a handheld console, its form factor is more laptop-like, complete with a 10.1-inch screen and a full QWERTY keyboard. The awkward placement of the buttons/thumbpads has the potential to cause some accidental presses, forcing people to pair it with a controller. It does, however, come with a bevy of ports (Thunderbolt 4.0/USB 4.0 included) and customization options, allowing it to double up as a light productivity workhorse on top of being a gaming rig.