Although Alienware’s vision of a pocket-sized gaming PC with a Nintendo Switch-style was born and gone without the UFO concept in production, the reality of having a gaming rig. You can carry and play anywhere is becoming a reality. After the Alienware UFO at CES last year, Lenovo partnered with NEC at this year’s CES to showcase LaVie mini computer. Like the Switch and UFO before it, the LaVie Mini PC comes with a detachable gamepad that turns an 8-inch convertible PC into a handheld gaming machine equipped with an 11th-generation Intel processor and Vehicle graphics. integration.
While the future of concepts like the Alienware UFO seeing the light of day is still uncertain, we’re starting to see bold companies, like GPD, bring their concepts to life through. crowdfunding campaigns on Indiegogo. Best known for its miniature UMPC line – known as the Ultra-Mobile PC – GPD’s use of a Switch-like gaming PC involves creating a UMPC with a non-detachable gaming console on the side. The company claims that Win3 handheld gaming PC capable of playing AAA PC games.
Unlike the Lenovo LaVie, which has a switchable hinge and mountable side controller, GDP Win3 is based on a sliding screen on a backlit keyboard, and the company claims it is inspired by the UMPC UX series. is currently discontinued from Sony. When opened, Win 3 doesn’t look like a larger version of the defunct T-Mobile’s sidekick.
“However, many users disliked the keyboard + clamshell combination and strongly demanded us launch unibody-type handheld gaming machines,” said GDP on Indiegogo’s crowdfunding page for Win3. “For our users, after finding out, we referenced the Sony UX series’ slider mechanism design, incorporating a new backlit touch keyboard and finally the WIN 3 design. allowing us to renew the design of our original Win handheld game. manipulating and breaking boundaries with conventional flute molds of clamshell devices. “
While GDP is turning to Indiegogo to raise funds from its Win3 community, the company has exceeded its modest target of $ 25,795 at press time by attracting 2,086 supporters, who have left close. 2 million dollars in the project.
The highlight of Win3 is that it comes with a bunch of USB-A and Thunderbolt 4 ports over USB-C. And like Lenovo’s LaVie concept, you’re getting the latest 11th-generation Intel Tiger Lake processors with Integrated Vehicle graphics, but you can also add an eGPU for even more powerful discrete graphics performance. via the Thunderbolt 4 port or by adding an optional docking station, giving you access to more ports.
Basically, with specs that include 16GB RAM and a 1TB solid-state drive, you get the power of a thin and light laptop inside the design of an 8-inch slider complete with battery and game controls. GDP says battery life will be up to 11 hours for light computing tasks or 2 to 3 hours for gaming.
Funding for the project starts at $ 799, and the GDP projected shipping date is May 2021. However, as with all crowdfunding campaigns, plans are subject to change. or be canceled prior to release of the product, so there are some risks involved.
The PC switch supports Ryzen
And if you’re a Team Red gamer who prefers AMD’s silicon over Intel’s 11th-generation processors, Aya’s Neo is another handheld device to keep track of The Verge. With the early-stage pricing offer of $ 699 when it’s in action Indiegogo, the device looks and feels more like a Switch – it’s not hampered by the thickness of the sliding keyboard mechanism or switching like some competing PC handsets – and powered by the processor AMD’s six-core, 7nm Ryzen 5 4500U processor and integrated Vega graphics. The Aya Neo comes with a slightly smaller 7-inch display, but the company also promises smooth AAA gaming, just like its competitors.
Gaming battery life is estimated to be an average of about 5 hours while gaming.
One big difference – especially concerned enthusiasts – between the Neo and Win 3 is that the Neo only supports USB-C connectivity, which may limit its appeal to serious gamers. While Thunderbolt 4 allows gamers to upgrade their graphics when docked to a desktop with eGPU, USB-C doesn’t offer the same flexibility.
However, both the handsets are a promising look at the future of mobile, mobile gaming PCs if they hit the market.
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