It seems like it’s raining handhelds this year, especially towards the last quarter of 2020, and what better way to finish it off than with a new handheld called the GKD Mini?
Just like the RG280V and the Powkiddy RGB20 it seems many other handheld manufacturers want to hop on the trend, this maybe because gamers actually want this design, or the fact they’re trying to sell as many as their old chips as possible before we get bored of them.
The GKD Mini was first revealed by Obscure Handhelds and as far as we can tell, it’s not been revealed or leaked anywhere else, so please take any of this information with a pinch of salt (English slang for viewing something with skepticism.)
The GKD Mini is much bigger than the likes of the LDK Horizontal, and this white variant here is the prototype so it could be possible that it will have a 2020 release, if not, more likely January 2021 time.
Below are specifications that the community suspect the GKD Mini to have.
GKD Mini Specifications
- 3.5″ LCD Display (320 x 240)
- 1.5GHZ Ingenic X1830 Processor
- 1GB RAM
- 2000 MAH Battery
- $60 Price Tag
If the rumours are true this isn’t bad specs at all, you’ll be able to play your PS1 games incredibly smoothly, and it may even be able to power the odd N64 game, but ideally thats not what you would buy a GKD Mini for.
Where the GKD Mini will win is where it prices itself, if its anything under $50 I think they’re on to a winner, but anything about the $60 price tag is getting to close to far more superior handhelds like the RG351P.
The images above (apologies for the quality) show the top of the GKD Mini, and what looks like a lack of shoulder buttons. This is odd and in all honesty I think this will be changed. If it launched without shoulder buttons, say bye bye to sales.
You can also see it has two SD card slots and what looks like a power button. We are liking the curved thin aesthetic too, if that’s the case it’s changing slightly from its older brother the Game Kiddy 350H.
Here you can see the bottom of the GKD Mini, it features a USB-C port, a headphone jack and what looks like two separate speaker grills.
But these are all the images that have been leaked, no official look at the battery, or even production units, but we’ll update this page when we get information.
It looks promising, but we’re not sure there’s a huge demand for these portrait handhelds, especially with small resolution screens and average asking prices, but perhaps we are wrong.
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