The Powkiddy RGB10 is a new retro handheld to come out of China that’s powered by RockChip’s RK3326 processor. This chip gives it enough power to emulate N64 and possibly Nintendo DS.
The Powkiddy RB10 is officially available on AliExpress starting at $79.99.
The only downfall with this handheld, is that as much as it’s being marketed as a N64 emulator, it lacks 6 face buttons in order to play them efficiently, and it only comes with one analogue stick.
There’s ways around it when playing the best N64 games, but it’s not going to be easy.
Powkiddy RGB10 Specifications
From what we as of now, these are the following specifications of the Powkiddy RGB10:
- RK33326 Quad Core 1.3GHZ Processor
- 1GB RAM
- 3.5″ IPS Display (480 x 320)
- 2800MAH Battery
- USB-C Charging
- R1/R2 + L1/R2
- USB Port for Controllers or Data Transfer
From the specifications you can tell it’s somewhat a clone of the ODROID Go Advance, but most likely with much better build quality.
Nonetheless it has a very powerful processor inside which will undoubtedly be able to play your best Dreamcast games with ease. It’s going to target those who want portability, and pocket power.
Unfortunately it lacks dual analogue sticks and 6 face buttons, but for those that don’t mind remapping some keys, N64 should be able to play fluidly, if you don’t mind getting cramp after 30 minutes.
What Can The Powkiddy RGB10 Emulate?
- Game Boy
- Game Boy Color
- Game Gear
- Nintendo Entertainment System
- Sega Master System
- Nintendo DS
- Neo Geo
obviously we will test this as soon as we get our hands on a unit, but we’re sure it can play most of these relatively well, without problems.
Nintendo DS though, is pushing the boundaries of this chip, and with only one screen you’ll have to switch between analogue stick and the “mouse” setting, which is infuriating on a handheld of this size.
Putting Nintendo DS emulating on these devices is (in our opinion) a bit useless. Yes, you can play DS games but you won’t be enjoying them to their full capacity. But even then, we think most 3D Nintendo DS games will struggle on this chip.
Should You Buy The Powkiddy RBGB10?
Obviously, as of now, it’s impossible to tell as we have yet to get our hands on it. But from looking at specs and the shell of the old Q90, it might be one worth passing no. Think of it as a “Nintendo” looking RK2020 with better colour choices.
It’s all fun and games China releasing powerful handhelds that can emulate N64 and higher, but we need great build quality and enough buttons/sticks to play them!
And it’s obvious that the Powkiddy RGB10 just wants to be one of the first to release a handheld with a good look to get sales, but in reality, most will buy it wishing they had waiting for something with more buttons and a bigger screen.
But, if you are looking for pocket power, fluid PS1 and Dreamcast emulation, this is a good choice. Just expect something new to be released in a few months that knocks this out of the park.