Thanks to newly emerged photos, we got our first look at the PowKiddy RGB10 Max 3 Pro that should arrive in the next couple of months.
We have not known Powkiddy to have much cohesion in their design iterations. But I personally prefer the simpler candy bar shape in horizontal handhelds.
So I’m glad that the new RBG10 iteration has maintained the design style of the Powkiddy RGB10 Max.
Let’s take a closer look at the new PowKiddy RGB10 Max 3 Pro and see what we might expect for its official reveal.
Update June 19, 2023: Powkiddy has begun their promotional run for the new RGB10 Max 3, and this thing is looking really really nice. I absolutely love the new color options, as well. That dark blue looks gorgeous. They have confirmed that it will use the A311D chip and will also contain a 4000 mAh battery. All signs are pointing to a really great machine. Looking forward to more information.
PowKiddy RGB10 Max 3 Pro
As per usual, this is an early leak, so no information is “official” until it’s official. Powkiddy themselves has not yet revealed specs about the PowKiddy RGB10 Max 3 Pro. But these new photos shared by James Dewitz give us some clues.
Starting with the star of the show – I have been told that the new RGB10 Max 3 Pro sports a 5 inch screen. Which looks quite stunning.
With the candy bar shape and inline triggers, this is giving strong ANBERNIC RG505 vibes.
These sleek inline triggers certainly make for a better bag companion. Nothing extruding from the shell to get caught when it goes in and out of your bag.
Admittedly, there’s not a lot of hard facts about this one available as of yet.
Knowing the current trends in the handheld market, it is a safe bet that this will have a T618 equivalent CPU in it.
Update June 5, 2023: Powkiddy has confirmed that the Max 3 Pro will use the A311D chip, which is slightly more powerful than a T618 and just below an RK3588. This information coming from James Dewitz.
Which is enough to handle some Game Cube and PS2 titles. It will easily handle everything up to 64 bit (Nintendo 64, PS1, Dreamcast, PSP).
And the RGB10 Max 3 Pro is primarily intended to use Linux as its firmware base. Unlikely that this device will have a touchscreen or ever use Android.
I was surprised to hear this actually, because all of those extra buttons along the bottom of the screen suggested that we might need more for Android navigation.
Taking a closer look at those buttons, we have an Function 1 and Function 2, Volume down and up, and our Select and Start buttons.
The dpad and action buttons (ABXY) look quite nice, and almost identical to those used in 2001-2022 Anbernic handhelds.
The new RGB10 Max 3 Pro takes design cues from the first RGB10 Max model, and possible the KT-R1 and the Anbernic horizontal product line.
I think this new design looks really great. I’m quite happy with the details, something Powkiddy doesn’t always get right.
The PowKiddy RGB10 Max 3 Pro is looking like a really great handheld to add to the many options for horizontal format devices.
Much like with the the Powkiddy x55 and the X28, Powkiddy is working with devs to get the best firmware for the launch of this device.
The reason we have these new images is thanks to Powkiddy’s willingness to work with the community. And we absolutely love that.
Powkiddy’s position in the handheld and emulation community is currently in a nice place.
So we have a lot of reasons to respect Powkiddy’s game and support their 2023 handheld line.
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Anthony has been a video game lover ever since he can remember. He became a fulltime nomad in 2018, living throughout most of Asia. He focused his passion in retro gaming and began creating a game for the Game Boy Color while living in Nara, Japan during the 2020 pandemic. He is now in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where he spends most of his time gaming, going on long walks and meeting as many stray dogs as possible.