GPD’s next portable gaming PC will be a mini laptop powered by a 28-watt Intel Core i7-1280P Alder Lake processor with 14 cores, 20 threads and Intel Iris Xe graphics.
In one post on Chinese social mediaGPD says next GPD Win Max 2 also supports up to 32GB of RAM, accommodates two SSDs, and features a 10.1-inch display, QWERTY keyboard, and built-in game controllers.
In other words, if you thought that Original GPD Win Max with its 8-inch screen was big for a handheld, the new model is even bigger, measuring 228 x 160mm (9″ x 6.3″), which is an increase from the 207 x 145mm ( 8.1″ x 5.7″) GPD Win Max and GPD Win 2021.
But GPD says the new model’s bezels are thinner, so it’s not this much larger, and the company has upped the screen resolution to 1920 x 1200 for the new model (it looks like there could be a 2560 x 1600 display panel option as well).
The Win Max 2 will be available with 16GB or 32GB memory options and the system has an M.2 2280 slot and an M.2232 slot for two PCIe Gen 4 SSDs. GPD will sell models with 1 TB or 2TB of storage, but the mini laptop supports up to 16TB of total storage.
There’s also a microSD card reader supporting speeds of up to 300MB/s, a built-in camera (under the display, like the camera on the GPD P2 Max Mini Laptop), four speakers, an integrated fan, a backlit keyboard and an aluminum-magnesium alloy chassis.
Ports include two Thunderbolt 4 ports and three USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports, and the laptop has a larger battery than the original GPD Win Max and supports 65W fast charging.
The system is actively cooled, which means there is a fan inside the case that will generate noise. But it would be weird to ship a handheld with that much power, position it as a gaming machine, and do not have active cooling.
According to GPD, in addition to game controllers, the Win Max 2 has a six-axis motion sensor and dual vibration motors.
The Win Max 2 also has a built-in 4G LTE module, although it’s unclear if it will support all global cellular networks.
All told, the Win Max 2 looks like a behemoth gaming handheld that’s an upgrade in almost every way over the previous-gen models…but which I have to imagine will also be quite expensive , given its technical sheet. And that could make it difficult sell when steam bridge starts at just $399.
That said, the Steam Deck doesn’t have a physical keyboard and while it has some of the most powerful graphics available on a handheld, the Win Max 2 will have a significant advantage when it comes to CPU power, which which might make it a better solution for people looking for a portable gaming PC that can be used as a full-fledged all-around PC.
Pricing and availability will most likely be announced closer to release, as will actual images showing off the new design, hopefully.
via gpd_devices discord