Powkiddy never fail to amaze us, there’s yet another handheld coming out… Wow, we can’t keep up. This time it’s a newer, updated version of the old Powkiddy RGB20 which if you remember, we kinda liked!
The Powkiddy RGB20S was teased on Powkiddy’s YouTube channel as a short, but we edited out the annoying music and made it a 116:9 format for twitter, but unfortunately the resolution sucks because of it being a short.
From what we can tell this is going to be slightly bigger than its older brother and features far more buttons, dual analogue sticks and the same overused RK3326 chipset that we’ve seen in handheld over the last 3 years. Some would say it’s a little underwhelming, and by “some”, I mean me.
But I am excited to see what it’s like in my hands, so stay tuned for our full review.
So, let’s analyse what we can see. Straight off the bat it looks like we have a 4:3 display, which I am a big fan of, it has small bezels, and looks to be of good brightness.
Below that you have dual analogue sticks placed at incredibly awkward locations, to a point where i can’t think of any other of the best retro handhelds that has this kind of placement.
It comes in white, a mango colour and what looks like a pastel blue, but it could be grey, it’s hard to tell when it’s being filmed on a potato.
Under the analogue sticks you can see the wide range of buttons. The DPAD and action buttons are likely to be identical to what has been used on the Powkiddy Max 2.
Between that, you have a face, and a bright LED that looks like Rudolph’s nose… if it was green.
All of these buttons in such a small space makes the handheld look far too busy, especially with the two analogue sticks and the centred speaker grill.
Even the back of the device looks over populated due to the fact they have used four individual shoulder buttons that are spaced apart, making it look like a handheld that you play with your feet, or some kind of Guitar Hero add-on?
Yes they went for curved shoulder buttons which look ago, but they’re too far apart and i can imagine it would make it quite uncomfortable to play on should you find a game that uses all of the shoulder buttons frequently. What are your thoughts? Reply to our tweet above.
Along the sides of the Powkiddy RGB20S you’ll find your SD card slot, volume up/down, the on/off button, a reset button and possibly a headphone jack at the bottom but we can’t see.
In Powkiddy’s comments of this video, they also tease another handheld:
“This is powkiddy’s last RK3326 console. The shape design is relatively bold, but it is still designed according to the needs of the game. It is still very good in terms of game experience. Powkiddy will have many products in the future, such as X28 MAX3 and so on. expect!”
A Powkiddy Max 3? Well hello! It’s odd that they would also tease this, as their Max line is by far one of their best products, so teasing a good handheld when they’re showing off… this, isn’t a smart marketing move, but we’ll take Max news all day long!
In typical Powkiddy fashion when they reveal a handheld it typically goes onto AliExpress within 30 days, so we’ll keep this article updated with order information and specs when we find out.
I am hoping under $100 is what they price it at, but it’s likely we’ll be disappointed because… well that RK3326 chipset is still in use in the Powkiddy RGB20S in 20202. Yeeesh.
A 29 year old fella that’s had a Gameboy addiction ever since he was a child. Brandon is the founder of RetroDodo and created a YouTube channel with 240,000 subscribers dedicated to retro gaming products. He now wants to create the No.1 site to showcase the latest retro products from around the globe.