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Pocket Micro: AYANEO unveils pocket-sized retro gaming handheld with Game Boy Micro vibes

The Pocket Micro will be AYANEO's smallest gaming handheld to date. (Image source: AYANEO)
The Pocket Micro will be AYANEO's smallest gaming handheld to date. (Image source: AYANEO)
The Pocket Micro is AYANEO's smallest gaming handheld announced to date. Sporting a MediaTek Helio G99 chipset and the secondary display from the AYANEO FLIP DS, the Pocket Micro also leans heavily on the design of the classic Game Boy Micro.

AYANEO has dipped its toes into the world of compact retro gaming handhelds. For context, AYANEO has been selling powerful Windows-based gaming handhelds for years. It has only recently started offering cheaper Android-based alternatives, though. To date, it has released the Pocket Air and Pocket S, the latter of which is available with a 1440p display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon G3x Gen 2 chipset.

By contrast, the Pocket Micro will utilise the Helio G99, a 6 nm MediaTek chipset that contains eight CPU cores and a Mali-G57 MP2 GPU. For reference, this chipset is already available in gaming handheld form. However, the Pocket Micro is considerably smaller than the KT Pocket KT-R1, which KT Pocket released over a year ago. In fact, the Pocket Micro resembles a Game Boy Micro, just like the older Anbernic RG300X (curr. $49.99 on Amazon).

(Image source: AYANEO)
(Image source: AYANEO)

Theoretically, the Pocket Micro should be the most premium option of the three. According to AYANEO, its gaming handheld has a CNC aluminium housing, within which sits a 3.5-inch IPS display that outputs at 960 x 640 pixels. Incidentally, the company confirmed in a press release that this is the same panel it uses as a secondary display in the FLIP DS.

As such, AYANEO states that the Pocket Micro should be capable of emulating Game Boy Advance games at a 4x integer scale. With that being said, the Helio G99 should be capable of emulating more taxing systems like the PlayStation Portable (PSP) and GameCube or PlayStation 2. As with all of AYANEO's other product announcements today, it is unclear when the Pocket Micro will be available or for how much.

(Image source: AYANEO)
(Image source: AYANEO)
(Image source: AYANEO)
(Image source: AYANEO)

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Alex Alderson, 2024-05-18 (Update: 2024-05-18)