The Q400 handheld is yet another Chinese retro handheld that is trying to compete with the likes of the Retro Game 350 and the Bittboy Pocket Go V2. It was sighted on Baidu a couple of weeks ago, but it wan’t until a video on YouTube was uploaded that the Q400 handheld was seen as a real possibility for early 2020.
Much like the Z Pocket Handheld it features a wide screen display, something that we think we’ll be seeing a lot of in 2020, due to a majority of the bigger handhelds wanting to run Android, or in this case a Linux operating system.
The Q400 handheld is apparently a RockChip powered handheld running on Linux. Inside it is rumoured to have a RK3128 chip which is a 1.3GHz Quad-Core Cortex A7 SoC which can accomadate up to 2GB of RAM, meaning this could be a fairly powerful handheld for those that want the ability to play PS1 or even Dreamcast games on the go.
Don’t get your hopes up though, as the Q400 handheld is rumoured to be listed at $60 on some small Chinese websites, and it that’s the case we won’t be getting N64 or Dreamcast emulation, knowing our luck PS1 emulation may even be slow too, but time will tell. If you’re looking for great N64 and PS1 emulation, we recommend the Gameboy 1UP XL, it’s an absolute beast.
The Q400 may not be one of the best retro handhelds around on paper, but the build quality may surprise us. Now it’s obviously not made out of metal like the Analogue Pocket, but it does look like a fairly comfortable handheld. On the front of the Q400 handheld it looks as if it has a 3.5″ with a 16:9 aspect ration. Now many will moan that this isn’t suitable for retro games, but the user interface and the menus will look dang crispy on this thing and you can always change the resolution of your games within the menus with little hassle, so it’s not a problem.
The analogue sticks look identical to that on the Nintendo Switch which we all know are incredibly comfortable. On top you have four shoulder buttons, which is perfect for playing those old PS1 games. Next to this is the headphone jack, SD card slot, AV out and a power button. Coming around to the bottom it looks as if we have four USB ports. Four might be a little overkill but this gives you the ability to add controllers should you want to connect it your TV as a small portable console like the Sega Mega Drive Mini. On the back, it seems as if you have two speaker grills which are awkwardly placed. If you have large hands you may find them obstructing the sound.
Overall the Q400 handheld looks like a solid handheld for those wanting something a bit more ergonomic. It’s not crazy powerful but running Linux should make it slightly more fluid than most of the handhelds pumping out of China. We’re not fans of the all black plastic look, so we hope they come out with a color variant that looks a bit more appealing, perhaps one that looks like the Powkiddy Q90. There’s no release date, and all of the above specifications stated are just rumours, but once we get our hands on it you can be sure we’ll produce a written review on it. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @retro_dodo to keep up to date.