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GPD to release WIN 2 Max handheld Windows gaming console this year

The WIN 2 Max is rumored to get a better keyboard with bigger keys. (Source: Liliputing)
The WIN 2 Max is rumored to get a better keyboard with bigger keys. (Source: Liliputing)
The WIN 2 Max is rumored to get a few improved specs, including a higher-resolution 1280 x 800 screen, a new AMD APU with integrated Radeon graphics that can be overclocked for improved performance or underclocked for extended battery life, and a keyboard with bigger keys. The model is expected to launch in late 2019.

GPD is among the first companies to offer handheld miniaturized PCs that run Windows 10 and resemble portable gaming consoles. The Hong Kong-based company provides a diversified lineup of handhelds including the Pocket series designed for general usage, the WIN series optimized for Windows games, and the XD series that is essentially a more advanced Android gaming phone with gaming controls. Last year, GPD launched the WIN 2 model that was very well received by the portable PC community, and it looks like the company is already working on the WIN 2 Max version. This information was revealed by a GPD employee who announced a contest that would allow the winners to participate in the beta testing program for the upcoming WIN 2 Max.

The exact specs for the new WIN 2 Max device are unknown for the time being, but, according to a thread started by reddit user Baokeyuan, the upcoming model that should be launched by the end of 2019 is expected to ship with better display and CPU/GPU. Instead of the existing 1280 x 720 screen, the WIN 2 Max would get a slightly better 1280 x 800 display and possibly a slightly bigger screen compared to the 6-inch one from the WIN 2.

Additionally, GPD is looking to replace the Core m3-7Y30 ULV CPU that is said to be almost as fast as the older i7-3770K desktop CPU with a more powerful AMD APU integrating Radeon graphics. This CPU can be overclocked for improved performance (up to 35 W TDP) or underclocked for extended battery life (down to 15 W TDP). GPD is also rumored to replace the WIN 2 keyboard with the one from the Pocket series, which has bigger keys for a better typing experience.

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Alleged photo of the WIN 2 Max innards. (Source: Baokeyuan on reddit)
Alleged photo of the WIN 2 Max innards. (Source: Baokeyuan on reddit)
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Bogdan Solca, 2019-04- 4 (Update: 2019-04- 4)
Bogdan Solca
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I stepped into the wonderous IT&C world when I was around 7. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, be them from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I like to keep myself up to date with all the new technologies that get released at an ever increasing rate these days. I'm also an avid SciFi reader, an astrophysics aficionado and, as of late, a crypto geek.