ANBERNIC has accidentally leaked the RG280V handheld, a new product with a similar design to the LDK Game the little brother of the LDK Horizontal.
We were first given information of the RG280V in the Retro Gamers Facebook Group, and it seems a few images has even leaked with it.
But the RG280V looks to be nothing special, if anything it’s just another average handheld using an old JZ4770 chip that can just about power PS1 emulation should you want to play the best PS1 games around.
All of the information stated in this article is not fact. It is all based on rumours and leaks that may not be authentic.
- 2.8″ LCD Display
- Dual Core 1.0GHZ JZ4770 Chip
- USB-C Charging
- 4 Shoulder Buttons
- 1200 – 1500MAH Battery
- Up to PS1 Emulation
This is a very square handheld, the RG280V is about 8cm wide, and 8cm tall with a 2.8″ LCD placed in the middle. You can instantly tell its lacking an analogue stick, but it feels like they’re not aiming this towards the bigger retro handheld audience.
This is a handheld targeted at those that want Gameboy, PS1, and possibly Mega Drive emulation, that’s it. They’re using old outdated chips too, so we’re hoping the price is sub $40 or they won’t sell many at all.
The build quality looks ok, and if its like ANBERNIC’s RG351P then it will feel quite sturdy. On the front there’s nothing but a DPAD, ABXY buttons and your start select.
You will notice it has the brushed metal look to the front, which may be respects to the old famicom. We’re not a fan of this, and would’ve liked a plastic or real metal variant, but we’re probably not going to be picking this one up anyway!
It has USB-C charging on top, a headphone jack, volume buttons and a on/off button, everything you expect from a normal handheld.
Previous handhelds that have used the JZ4470 chip can emulate everything up to PS1 very well. And that’s exactly what they want. This is a handheld that you give to a kid, or for someone who is new to the retro handheld scene.
But, at that price ANBERNIC has to price this at $40 or less for it to be a success. Anything more and everyone will just laugh, and ANERBNIC has kept our respect for some time, so hopefully this average handheld won’t diminish that.
The lack of an analogue stick won’t help, but it does have four shoulder buttons which is a nice addition, and one that was needed.
The USB-C is also a nice feature, but it is 2020, this is normal, that’s what many other handheld manufacturers seem to forget.
Why did they call it the RG280V you may ask? Well, the traditional naming guide they have stuck with for years is still the same.
The diagram above will help you understand, but the V is the newest addition to their line, so perhaps we’ll see more down the line with a bigger screen and a metal shell?
Imagine a RG350V, now that’s interesting!
This handheld doesn’t excite us. It’s using a very old chip, one they can hold of for pennies, and the shell, plus the design looks like something a child has put together. This is one we may skip, but if it’s priced at a reasonable number then perhaps we’ll grab one.
We’d be interested to hear your thoughts! Throw us a tweet @retro_dodo and we’d love to start a conversation!