New Powkiddy RK2023 gaming handheld arrives with Wi-Fi connectivity
Powkiddy has introduced a new version of the RK2023, a 3.5-inch gaming handheld that it started selling in March. As RetroDodo notes, there are limited differences between the original RK2023 and this new revision. For example, Powkiddy still bases the RK2023 on the Rockchip RK3566, as well as 1 GB of LPDDR4 RAM and no built-in storage.
Instead, the RK2023 makes do with two microSD card readers, one for its Linux-based OS and another for storing games. According to Powkiddy, the Rockchip RK3566's four ARM Cortex-A55 cores, clocked at 1.8 GHz, and its Mali-G52 GPU, are powerful enough to emulate N64 and PS1 games, among others. Likewise, the 3.5-inch IPS display remains, which continues to output at 640 x 480 pixels.
Specifically, the new RK2023 adds Wi-Fi connectivity, which could prove useful when transferring small files. However, Powkiddy does not advertise the RK2023 as supporting multiplayer over Wi-Fi. Currently, Powkiddy only offers the new RK2023 in an all-black finish. For now, Powkiddy sells the new RK2023 for US$84.99, US$5 less than the original model. Supposedly, the Wi-Fi-enabled model will eventually sell for US$119.99, although that remains to be seen at this stage.