The Coolbaby RS3128 is a new handheld on the block that features Android as an operating system, showing that it’s trying to take on the infamous Retroid Pocket 2.
But does it have what it takes? Is it powerful enough? What can it do? And why does it look like the Terminator’s smartphone?
The Coolbaby RS3128 retails for $88, and you can order one on AliExpress using the button below, but be prepared to wait 20 – 40 days for shipping, this is the usual time frame for anything from AliExpress.
CoolBaby RS3128 Specifications
- 4″ IPS Display (800 x 480)
- Quad Core 1.3GHZ Processor (RK3128 Chip)
- 1GB RAM
- Android OS (No information on what version yet)
- 2500MAH Battery
- HDMI Out
- WiFi Connectivity
- Max 32GB SD Card
Why Does It Look Like Terminator’s Smartphone?
This is one of the crazier looking handhelds we’ve seen come out of China, making some of the best retro handhelds look like cereal box toys.
In all honesty, this tickles our fancy. The way they have designed this handheld looks as if it’s came from the future, but this is going to be something a lot of people hate, and that’s okay.
CoolBaby aren’t the best handheld manufacturers around, but with the CoolBaby RS3128, they’ve used some imagination, which hasn’t really happened before with their previous handhelds.
As much as it looks like metal it is not, if only it had the build quality of the RG350M for this price. It’s made entirely of plastic. The huge 4″ screen in the middle will make this handheld fairly large, probably the same as an iPhone, maybe even bigger.
The two analogue sticks are perfectly placed, below the DPAD and ABXY buttons. It looks as if the home button and ON/OFF buttons are located on the front, along with the – & + volume buttons which usually means that these double up as the menu buttons for the built in emulators.
You can also see the start/select buttons at the bottom of the handheld, below the IPS display. It’s a unique looking handheld that’s for sure, as if it’s designed to be a futuristic looking handheld. This may look good, but it won’t appeal to the masses, that’s for sure.
The analogue sticks are worrying us slightly, they’re not the super cheap ones like we’ve seen on on the Retro GP430, nor are they the Nintendo Switch ones, they look different.
We’re wondering if these spin or not when playing, as it’s something that frustrates us with the lower quality analogue sticks.
On the top of the handheld, you’ll find your SD card slot, a HDMI out port and your two shoulder buttons. Yes, it looks as if there’s only two shoulder buttons, not four, which is very disappointing from a $90 handheld.
On the bottom, there’s a bit more. You’ll find two USB ports, which allow you to plug in wireless controllers. The CoolBaby RS3128 could act as a portable console if this works properly, but we would have liked to see bluetooth connectivity instead.
There’s also your Micro-USB port, a headphone jack, and a reset button.
How Does It Perform?
it has a quad core processor, 1GB RAM and runs on Android, so the likelihood is that this can run a fair amount of emulators. Our guess is that this can run everything up to N64, but the below consoles are what CoolBaby is advertising as “playable”.
- Gameboy Color
- Gameboy Advance
- Super Famicom
- Game Gear
- Mega Drive
- Master System
- Neo Geo Pocket
From our experience with previous CoolBaby products, they have a history of lying about what it can emulate, so we advise waiting for our review before pulling the trigger.
It’s most likely with 1GB RAM that this can run everything up to N64, and possibly struggling with larger 3D games on the Nintendo 64 and PSP, but that’s just our guess, it could impress us.
It’s also going to be very nice playing on a large 4″ IPS display, the resolution may be odd playing oldd school games, but you can change that easily within the emulator settings.
On paper, it looks promosing, but don’t get your hopes up.
We have one coming in, but because we’ve ordered it through AliExpress, our review won’t be live for about a month. It has caught our attention simply because of the quad core processor and the overall look of the product.
It’s like nothing CoolBaby has ever done, they’re famous for their fake handhelds, not decent ones, so we’re taking this listing with a pinch of salt.
However, the large screen, strong processor, and beastly look could impress us, and that’s what we’re hoping for. The only problem is that it has so many competitors in this price range, that it’s going to be hard to beat them.