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POWKIDDY X18: A GPD XD and Nintendo DS lookalike that costs less than US$130

POWKIDDY X18: A GPD XD and Nintendo DS lookalike that costs less than US$130 (Image source: POWKIDDY)
POWKIDDY X18: A GPD XD and Nintendo DS lookalike that costs less than US$130 (Image source: POWKIDDY)
The POWKIDDY X18 is a cheap Android handheld games console that features a 5.5-inch touchscreen along with numerous physical controls including two joysticks, a d-pad and Y, B, A and X buttons. The X18 has a 5,000 mAh battery, while its design may remind you of some Japanese handheld games consoles...

The POWKIDDY X18 is relatively compact at 14.5 x 8.7 x 2.7 cm and weighs approximately 300 g. The handheld has a 5.5-inch touchscreen display that operates at 720p, although you can connect it to an external display via its HDMI out.

POWKIDDY has equipped the X18 with a MediaTek MT8163 V/B SoC, a now four-year-old chip that integrates four ARM Cortex-A53 processors that can clock up to 1.5 GHz. The SoC also integrates an ARM Mali-T720 MP2 GPU and is complemented by 2 GB DDR3 RAM and 16 GB of eMMC flash storage. You can also expand its storage with a microSD card should you need to do so. The X18 supports up to IEEE 802.11 n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.

The clamshell games console has two joysticks, a d-pad and numerous other buttons including Y, B, A and X that mimic the colours of corresponding Xbox controller buttons. The X18 has four shoulder buttons too, a headphone jack and a micro USB port for charging its 5,000 mAh battery. The device comes with a customised version of Android 7.0 pre-installed, although we doubt that POWKIDDY plans to update it to a newer version of Android.

The POWKIDDY X18 currently costs around US$130 from online retailers like AliExpress.

The POWKIDDY X18 (Image source: POWKIDDY)
The POWKIDDY X18 (Image source: POWKIDDY)
The POWKIDDY X18 (Image source: POWKIDDY)
The POWKIDDY X18 (Image source: POWKIDDY)

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Alex Alderson, 2019-03- 8 (Update: 2019-03- 8)
Alex Alderson
Alex Alderson - News Editor
I got my first smartphone aged 11, my first PC aged 12 and I have been tinkering with electronics ever since. I like to keep abreast of the latest news and technology, which inevitably leads me to switch my laptop and phone every few months. When I'm not writing for Notebookcheck, you will find me seeking out new coffee shops, bars and trying to find some hidden gems in record stores.