GPD, known for its various Windows and Android powered consoles like the GPD Win 3, has revealed almost all the details of its next Windows powered gaming console, the GPD WIN Max 2, and it looks very promising. The new model comes with upgraded Intel and AMD processors, a larger screen with narrow bezels and more.
Intel Core i7-1280P or AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
Starting with performance, the GPD WIN Max 2 will come in Intel or AMD versions, both of which are very promising in their own right. The Intel model will come with an Intel Core i7-1280P (up from the Core i7-1195G7 in the previous model), which is Intel’s top-tier CPU for ultra-mobile PCs. This processor has a total of 14 cores and 20 threads, and uses Intel’s new hybrid architecture. There are 6 performance cores capable of boosting up to 4.8GHz, and eight efficient cores backing it up. It has a base TDP of 28W, but it can go as high as 60W. Despite the increase in TDP, the power efficiency of the hybrid architecture may result in better battery life for this new model.
It also means you can Intel Iris Xe graphics, which are largely unchanged from the previous model. Intel didn’t make any major updates to the graphics with its 12th generation mobile processors. Still, Intel Iris Xe can deliver a solid experience in many games, as long as you’re willing to turn down some settings.
As for the AMD version, you can expect to see the new AMD Ryzen 7 6800U processor, which is also a big upgrade from the Ryzen 7 4800U that was in the original GPD WIN Max. This new processor is based on the Zen3+ architecture and it comes with 8 cores and 16 threads, plus some improvements under the hood compared to the previous generation. The big upgrade here is in terms of graphics. This processor features AMD’s latest Radeon Graphics 600M, which promises faster GPU performance than an NVIDIA GeForce MX450, a discrete laptop GPU. It should allow you to play even more modern games at higher settings, and it’s all thanks to the RDNA2 architecture, similar to what’s inside the Steam deck.
Aside from the CPU, the GPD WIN Max 2 will come with either 16GB or 32GB of LPDDR5 RAM, supporting up to 5200 MT/s on the Intel model or 6400 MT/s on the AMD. You also get a 1TB or 2TB PCIe Gen 3 M.2 2280 SSD built-in, with an additional M.2 2230 slot available for easy expansion without tearing the entire PC apart. The M.2 2230 slot can also be used for an LTE modem if you want that type of connection. The battery has also been upgraded from a 57Wh unit to a 65Whr.
The GPD WIN Max 2 has a larger 10.1-inch screen
A big upgrade with the GPD WIN Max 2 will be the screen, which comes in a much larger 10.1-inch panel compared to the original WIN Max’s 8-inch screen. GPD has shrunk the bezels around the screen significantly, even removing space for the webcam on the frame. The screen now goes up to Quad HD+ (2560 x 1600), although the default setting is Full HD + (1920 x 1200). Both are still an upgrade from the 1280 x 800 of their predecessor, so this should be good news if you want a sharper display. As with the previous model, the screen supports 10-point multi-touch, and it even works with active pens with support for 4096 pressure levels.
Because the bezels shrunk so much, the console isn’t that much bigger than its predecessor, even though the screen is much bigger. It’s still slightly larger, but now measures 228mm x 167mm. The previous model measured 207mm x 145mm, but it was also thicker.
With no room for the webcam on the frame, GPD has moved it to the hinge, somewhat reminiscent of Nintendo’s DSi consoles back in 2009. This won’t be ideal if you’re using it as a laptop, but it should work well enough when holding the console in the hands.
The larger design also allows for a roomier keyboard for typing, as well as the usual Xbox-style controls, including analog triggers and sticks.
It has Thunderbolt 4 and USB4
When it comes to ports, the GPD WIN Max 2 isn’t lacking at all either. It has two USB Type-A ports on the side for external devices, plus another USB Type-A port, HDMI and two USB Type-C ports on the back. One of those Type-C ports is a big deal, though, because it now supports USB4 on the AMD models. Previously you had Thunderbolt 4 support on the Intel model so you could connect an external GPU or display, but the AMD version didn’t. With USB4 it should now be possible on both variants.
Another important feature is support for both microSD and full-size SD cards at the same time. If you need more storage space and don’t want to fiddle with the SSDs, you can easily install an SD card and use it for data that doesn’t require super high speeds.
GPD has also moved the power button to the edge of the chassis, on the front. Not only that, but the power key now has a built-in fingerprint reader, so the laptop supports Windows Hello.
All in all, the GPD WIN Max 2 looks like a very promising handheld Windows console. GPD has yet to say when the device will be available, or even when the Indiegogo campaign will start, but hopefully it will happen soon. We also have no word on pricing information yet.
Source: GPD (WeChat)