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Retroid Pocket 3 arrives in multiple colours with Android 11 from US$119

Started by Redaktion, August 05, 2022, 20:21:04

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Redaktion

Retroid has announced and started accepting pre-orders for the Pocket 3, a 4.7-inch gaming handheld that looks like the Nintendo Switch Lite. Available from US$119, the Retroid Pocket 3 will start shipping later this month with up to 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, among other features.

https://www.notebookcheck.net/Retroid-Pocket-3-arrives-in-multiple-colours-with-Android-11-from-US-119.639233.0.html

Dan TehChad

So they're launching the core system with... Literally the same specs as the Retroid Pocket 2+, except that now that hardware will be powering a larger HD screen?

Being able to upgrade to 3gb of ram is nice and all, but I really would have thought they would pack in at least a little more horsepower for the next numbered iteration.

I've been eyeballing a lot of the portables, but I'm waiting for an affordable one that will handle all of my Dreamcast emulation near 100% (PS2 would be nice, but I'm not holding my breath for that). I'm honestly surprised to say that the Retroid Pocket 3 still ain't it. Ah well.

CrisC

Quote from: Dan TehChad on August 06, 2022, 17:41:44So they're launching the core system with... Literally the same specs as the Retroid Pocket 2+, except that now that hardware will be powering a larger HD screen?

Being able to upgrade to 3gb of ram is nice and all, but I really would have thought they would pack in at least a little more horsepower for the next numbered iteration.

I've been eyeballing a lot of the portables, but I'm waiting for an affordable one that will handle all of my Dreamcast emulation near 100% (PS2 would be nice, but I'm not holding my breath for that). I'm honestly surprised to say that the Retroid Pocket 3 still ain't it. Ah well.

The RP2+ already handles Dreamcast very well. This new device has the same SoC, but it's flashed with Android 11 which is much more efficient than Android 9 (although 11 favors more RAM - thus the 3gb option). They're claiming 20-30% performance increase simply due to the OS. If true, this would put the RP3 into solid GameCube, light PS2 territory.

Beatfreak89

Go for the Odin then.

I've got one, but still ordered the RP3, as it'll do as a more portable handheld. 

Pugbutt

It has the same SoC as the (wonderful) RP2+, an extra gig of RAM, and twice as many pixels onscreen. I'm not convinced it's a significant enough upgrade for me. I know it's hard to find more performant SoC's in this space, but I can't help but be a little disappointed.

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