We struggle to keep up with the leaks and announcements regarding the best retro handhelds, and today the Powkiddy Max 2 is another one of Powkiddy’s upcoming handhelds.
But Powkiddy aren’t stopping there, the next handheld is almost finished and it’s called the Powkiddy Max 2 which looks similar to the Powkiddy RGB10 Max but in a newer, more powerful form factor.
The shared the below image and quoted: “There is a new product at Powkiddy, Max 2. What do you think?”
From the images shared throughout this article you can get a sense of how the new Powkiddy Max 2 is going to look and feel. As of now, we’re not sure if it’s called the Max 2 or if it’s actually going to be called the RGB10 Max2, they have not made it clear.
So, from the front, it looks like they’re sticking with the popular 5″ screen that we loved in the RGB10 Max, this has small bezels and a good brightness level.
But the biggest change has to be the shell’s design. Instead of the rectangular form factor, it looks like they have taken inspiration from the PocketGo S30.
The Pocket GoS30 had stacked and flared shoulder buttons and it looks like the upcoming Powkiddy Max 2 is going to have the same. For me personally, this is a great feature and flared shoulder buttons make the gaming experience far more comfortable.
Yes, it may be slightly thicker around the top, but it looks like this handheld has added larger grips around the sides for extra comfortability.
Now that I look at yeah, the RGB10 Max was a little boxy, but this upgrade has completely overhauled the handheld in almost every way.
Currently, these are the only images available, and no official specifications have been revealed. We’re hoping that this isn’t another RK3326 handheld, because that has been crowned to the RG351MP and it’s an overused and outdated chip.
The front has a very similar layout to that of Powkiddy’s older handhelds. It features USB-C charging, a headphone jack, mini HDMI-out, probably 5000+ MAH battery and it doesn’t look like it’s running Android either.
For this to sale, Powkiddy has to add a newer, more powerful chip into the Max 2. The community are done with RKK3326 handhelds and want flawless gameplay when it comes to playing the best Dreamcast games, PSP and even N64.
What made the RGB10 Max so good is that it was easy to use straight out of the box and game with a larger 5″ screen, something that ANBERNIC haven’t even done yet, but they will be soon when they launch the RG552.
It looks like Powkiddy wants to secure a piece of the pie when it comes to new chips, and putting that new chip into a comfortable form factor with flared shoulder buttons could actually make it compete with ANBERNIC and the Retroid Pocket 3.
Update 13/10/21 – We have been informed by Powkiddy that the Max 2 will go on “pre-sale” on the 11th November 2021.
We will update this article with more images and information once we receive it.