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Retroid Pocket 3 arrives in multiple colours with Android 11 from US$119

The Retroid Pocket 3 will start shipping later this month. (Image source: Retroid)
The Retroid Pocket 3 will start shipping later this month. (Image source: Retroid)
Retroid has announced and started accepting pre-orders for the Pocket 3, a 4.7-inch gaming handheld that looks like the Nintendo Switch Lite. Available from US$119, the Retroid Pocket 3 will start shipping later this month with up to 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, among other features.

Retroid has opened pre-orders for the Pocket 3, a larger alternative than the Pocket 2 that it already sells. As the image below shows, the Retroid Pocket 3 measures 184.65 x 81.38 x 24.23 mm, compared to 150 x 81 x 30 mm for the Retroid Pocket 2. In other words, the Retroid Pocket 3 is wider and taller than its predecessor but nearly 6 mm thinner at its thickest point.

Fundamentally, the Retroid Pocket 3 is a Nintendo Switch Lite copycat, with identical button placements. In fact, the Retroid Pocket 3 maintains Nintendo's YXAB layout rather than the more traditional XYBA layout. Also, Retroid has given its latest handheld distinctly Nintendo colour schemes, including SNES-coloured YXAB buttons.

(Image source: Retroid)
(Image source: Retroid)

Setting similarities with the Nintendo Switch Lite aside, the Retroid Pocket 3 has a 4.7-inch display that resolves at 1,334 x 750 pixels in a 16:9 aspect ratio with a 60 Hz refresh rate. Additionally, the handheld supports HDMI output at 720p and relies on a UNISOC Tiger T310 SoC that contains one ARM Cortex-A75 CPU core clocked at 2 GHz, another three Cortex-A55 cores that peak at 1.8 GHz and a PowerVR GE8300 GPU running at 800 MHz. Separately, Retroid has also included a 4,000 mAh battery, a USB Type-C port, a 3.5 mm headphone jack and dual 2 W speakers.

According to Retroid, the Pocket 3 will ship with Android 11 and a custom app launcher. Currently, the Retroid Pocket 3 is available to pre-order with 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage for US$119. Alternatively, you can purchase the handheld with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage for US$129. Both versions should start shipping on August 20 and are orderable in multiple colours.

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Alex Alderson, 2022-08- 5 (Update: 2022-08- 5)