This Steam Deck competitor turns a laptop into a game console

News hardware This Steam Deck competitor turns a laptop into a game console

After the success of the GPD Win Max, the Chinese manufacturer, which has put its nose on the Steam Deck trend, is already announcing its successor. This will continue to emphasize the computer before the console.

The Steam Deck hit the market with a bang. But those who followed the trend before Valve caught on, know it’s far from first to finish. Other manufacturers have been trying for years to create a computer optimized as a portable console. And among them, GPD is one of the most historic names. With its GPD Win Max released in 2021, it has created an innovative range on the border between laptop and console.

The GPD Win Max 2 prepares his arrival

For his successor, GPD will continue to navigate the idea. The manufacturer is in fact starting to reveal the features of its machine. It is on Chinese social networks that we discover a first information: the GPD Win Max 2 will benefit from a 10-inch screen, which you can buy in Full HD (1920×1200) or Quad HD (2560×1600) definition. . You get it: it will be at the 16:10 ratio.

With this change compared to the 8 inches of its previous model, the dimensions of the machine go to 228x160mm which is very little left considering its format. GPD points out that its Win Max 2 will have very thin edges and that its shell won’t necessarily be thicker than the previous model.

A configuration that hurts

It’s not just on its screen that the GPD Win Max 2 intends to stand out. It will benefit from the latest generation Intel Core i7-1280P SoC, which benefits from 14 cores and 20 threads and can boost up to 4.80 GHz. GPU side, therefore, will likely need to rely on the Intel Iris Xe 96EU, which according to Intel play elbow with the Ryzen R7 5800U Zen3. On paper, therefore, it would develop more raw power than the Steam Deck.

You can give it 16 or 32 GB of RAM and up to 2 TB of PCIe 4.0 storage thanks to its two M.2 slots. You can add a Thunderbolt 4 port to pair an external graphics card in particular, 2 USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports, an integrated webcam, a 65Wh battery, 4 speakers … And of course, the integrated backlit keyboard and touchpad, as required by the concept.

If today Steam Deck is intended only for gamers, GPD seems to want to continue to aim for its niche halfway between productivity and play and is giving itself the means to do so! However, we still don’t know when the Win Max 2 GPD will be made available, nor at what price it will be sold. It all depends on this element, as it is through its relative accessibility that Valve has managed to make the Steam Deck truly innovative.

Source: GDP


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