The Retroid Pocket 3 has been long overdue, but finally information has leaked alongside a quick tease by a popular handheld YouTuber with special friends in China.
For those of you new to this handheld, the Retroid Pocket 2 was one of the most popular handhelds of 2020, and sold hundreds of thousands of units worldwide due to it’s incredibly competitive price tag.
During our review of the handheld we were blown away with the quality and performance of the handheld, especially when it was competing with other popular, more expensive handhelds on the scene.
The featured image is a possible concept of the Retroid Pocket 3 or the KT R1, nobody knows as of now.
Since then, we’ve been keen to see what the Go Retroid team are up to, and even though we have heard nothing from them for months after sending them constant emails, it looks as if the designs have leaked alongside a review sample sent to YouTuber Taki Udon.
As of now the only real images we have of the Retroid Pocket 3 are leaked designs. These designs were made public by RetroKezins and it looks like the Retroid Pocket 3 has a larger screen alongside a larger, curved shell.
As you can see from the images above and below, the design looks incredibly similar to that of the Nintendo Switch Lite and the upcoming AYN Odin Handheld.
The wide screen looks much bigger and could be pushing on five or six inches. Some would argue that this isn’t needed in a retro handheld, and we would agree, but it’s likely that the Retroid Pocket 3 will have a slightly more powerful chip than it’s predecessor making the best PSP games to likely to run well.
From the images you can also see that the Retroid Pocket 3 features flared shoulder buttons which we absolutely love, again these can be found in the RP2, which makes sense as this will save them money in the long run.
The back is looking a little plain, but that may be because they are thinking of adding some kind of illustration, perhaps a logo or and embossed graphic etc. The ventilation looks well placed, away from the hands, and at the bottom, you can see your ports.
It looks like a single SD card slot, USB C port, headphone jack and two speaker grills, again, away from the hands which is good.
We also forgot to mention, that it looks as if there’s a mini-HDMI port on top, so it could potentially mean that the Retroid Pocket 3 can connect to your TV or monitor.
Furthermore, YouTuber known as Taki Udon seems to have the handheld already, or at least he’s teased the packaging of the Retroid Pocket 3 and stated in the caption: “Gen 3” following this image.
This is the only image he has shared. According to ANBERNIC who are the makers behind the new RG351MP Taki Udon has good friends in the industry who he has worked with in the past. This is most likely how he gets his hands on these early.
The box looks nice, and has a matte finish to it alongside some faint illustrations in the back which resemble many different retro games.
The packaging also looks much bigger than previous Retroid Pocket’s, so this could confirm the above leaked design illustrations, but until it launches we won’t know.
Retroid Pocket 3 Pricing & Release Dates
As of now there is no official information regarding pricing or release dates, but if we had to guess, we’d expect the handheld to be around $120, and be released in November/December.
We will update this article with more information when we get it.