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The Smach Z project goes quiet as Smach continues to issue refunds to backers

The Smach Z may well be dead. (Image source: Elmundo.es)
The Smach Z may well be dead. (Image source: Elmundo.es)
Smach is still yet to begin shipping the Smach Z, and it seems increasingly likely that it never will. After the company looked so close to releasing its long-awaited console in 2019, updates have dried up and its social media channels are a wasteland.
Alex Alderson,

It may well be the end of the road for the Smach Z. The handheld console has been in development since October 2016, but Smach seemed to be finally on track to deliver last year. The company attended E3 2019, among other conferences last year, with working devices and claimed that it would begin shipping "by the end of 2019".

2020 rolled around and Smach pivoted to a Q1 2020 release date, but it missed that window too. Smach has not updated any of its social media platforms since September 2019 and continues to lock down its forums, leaving the device's Kickstarter page and r/smachz sub-Reddit as the only sources of updates for many Smach Z fans.

Sadly, these make for grim reading. There has been no update since June, where Smach announced another delay owing to having ordered sub-standard plastic chassis from a factory in China. According to multiple posts spread across Reddit and Kickstarter, the company is now issuing refunds, albeit some have had theirs delayed "because of COVID". Conversely, others claim to have received their refunds in the last few months. It remains possible to reserve a Smach Z for US$10, although Smach now only accepts payments via Bitpay or Stripe.

Smach still expects the Smach Z to ship "during 2020", but this seems increasingly unlikely. In short, the continued delays and the increasingly fewer updates suggest that the Smach Z project is finally dead, almost four years after its inception. 

We would advise against reserving a Smach Z, even for US$10. (Image source: Smach)
We would advise against reserving a Smach Z, even for US$10. (Image source: Smach)

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Kickstarter, r/smachz (1) (2) & ElMundo.es - Image credit

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Alex Alderson, 2020-08-24 (Update: 2020-08-24)
Alex Alderson
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.