GPD WIN Max
GPD Win Max 2 (2022)
I’ve been keeping an eye on the handheld computing market for a few months now as I wait for the arrival of my Steam Deck. GPD has been producing a range of computing/gaming windows handhelds and they’ve just announced their latest iteration of their hybrid – GPD WIN Max 2.
Ultra-thin and portable, equipped with Intel’s 12th gen CPUs. The GPD WIN Max 2 aims to deliver a slightly bigger keyboard experience whilst slimming down its formfactor.
Previous GPD WIN Max dimensions: 207mm x 145mm
New GPD WIN Max 2 (2022) dimensions: 228mm x 160mm
GPD WIN Max 2 (2022) Features:
10.1-inch screen (default 1920×1200 resolution with support to a maximum of 2560 x 1600).
Native horizontal screen hardware that should improve screen tearing issues as seen in other devices that use vertical manufactured screens in a landscape configuration.
Intel i7-1280P (14 core/20 threads).
16GB/32GB RAM Options.
Built-in M.2 NVMe 2280 slots (2x) with PCI-e Gen 4 Support.
MicroSD/SD Card slots compliant to SD 4.0 Standards.
Built-in 4G LTE module.
Redesigned low-profile gamepad design.
Hall effect sensor sticks and triggers.
Magnetic dust cover caps for joysticks.
Two mappable back buttons.
Built-in webcam – similar to P2Max hinge design.
65WH Li-ion battery.
Lightning 4 + Type C dual interface with eGPU dock support.
USB 3.2 Gen 2 (3x).
Full backlit QWERTY keyboard and built-in turbo mode buttons.
6061 aluminium/magnesium alloy housing.
Pricing and release date to be announced.
It appears more handheld computer/gaming companies are moving towards hall effect sensor tech. AYANEO have also recently used the technology in their latest AYANEO Next device. Perhaps odd dead zones and stick drift will gradually be a thing of the past, maybe.
GPD seem to be focused on providing a true hybrid office and gaming experience with attention to gaming controls and form-factor. I would expect the device to be relatively light, my intel QC7 uses a similar magnesium alloy that is robust and lightweight.
Intel’s i7-1280p CPU is aimed for thinner form-factors and performance with a maximum of 28W. Whether an AMD version will emerge when the 6800U is available remains to be seen but I expect that we’ll see plenty more from the handheld PC gaming market in the coming months. I’m looking forward to seeing how the GPD WIN Max 2 looks and handles.
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