GPD Win Max 2021: Pre-orders to start this month for AMD Ryzen 7 4800U or Intel Core i7-1185G7-powered handheld
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The GPD Win Max 2021 is a handheld system based on several powerful components, not least the processors with which it will be available. As we reported in May, GPD will sell the Win Max 2021 with an Intel Core i7-1165G7, Core i7-1185G7 or an AMD Ryzen 7 4800U. The company had hoped to utilise the Ryzen 7 5800U instead, which would have offered higher CPU and GPU clock speeds, among other changes. Unfortunately, Ryzen 7 5800U shortages prevented GPD from doing so.
All models will be available with 16 GB of dual-channel RAM clocked at 4,266 MHz and a 1 TB SSD. Additionally, GPD has stuck with the 8-inch and 1,280 x 800-pixel display that it used in the current Win Max. The Win Max 2021 shares its keyboard, built-in controller buttons and chassis with its predecessor, too.
In short, the Win Max 2021 only has a new motherboard. However, GPD states that it will sell new motherboards separately for those who purchased a Win Max. If you have already done so, then GPD will provide a tutorial video, a USB drive pre-loaded with system firmware, a screwdriver and some thermal paste. GPD has confirmed that the Core i7-1165G7 and Ryzen 7 4800U motherboards will cost US$669; it does not plan to sell Core i7-1185G7-powered motherboards separately.
GPD will begin taking orders for the Win Max 2021 on Indiegogo from July 29. The company aims to start delivering Tiger Lake models in mid-September and Ryzen ones in October. The crowdfunding prices for the three models are as follows:
GPD Win Max 2021
- AMD Ryzen 7 4800U - US$999
- Intel Core i7-1165G7 - US$999
- Intel Core i7-1185G7 - US$1,400