The RG351MP is a new addition to ANBERNIC’s metal retro handheld collection and it doesn’t come as a surprise as they did this with their previous RG351M in the past.
As you may know, the RG351P is still one of our best retro handhelds in terms of affordability, coming in at just £79.99 on Droix, but this could change if the RG351MP comes in at an affordable price too.
Some would say it’s too late for ANBERNIC to keep pushing at RK3326 handhelds which we agree with, but the metal shell made their previous handhelds feel completely different, and it makes a nice addition to our collection!
Droix is a UK based store that has superb customer service and ships across Europe for cheap. We advise going with them if you want the extra support should anything go wrong with your device.
- 3.5″ IPS Display (640×480)
- Rockchip RK3326 @ 1.5GHz; Quad-Core CPU
- Mali-G31 MP2 GPU
- 1GB RAM
- 3500MAH Battery
- Colours: Ocean Blue, Mint Green, Black
What’s new with the RG351MP?
As much as the RG351MP looks similar to its older brothers, there’s actually a couple of new features on this device.
First off, the biggest change of them all is the new 4:3 display which has a resolution of 640 x 480 and is most likely identical to that of the RG351V, which as you know has a stunning screen which is perfect for playing retro games on the go.
This slight change in display makes the handheld slightly smaller than the RG351M. Many of you who have purchased the RG351M mentioned that the screen isn’t the right ratio, and ANBERNIC have listened, even if it feels a little too late.
Droix has also mentioned that the RG351MP could potentially be slightly smaller compared to the RG351M and that the chin and front logo is far larger to allow for the new display.
Secondly, ANBERNIC have added dual SD card slots, allowing you to switch up operating systems and add ROMS both internally and externally. This was also seen on the RG351V.
Also, it seems like ANBERNIC are testing out some new colours. They have mentioned that the RG351MP will come in Black, Ocean Blue and Mint Green. The choice of colours don’t seem too bad, and just like the RG280M, ANBERNIC like to surprise us with their choices.
If we had to pick any, it would probably be the Mint Green, how about you? Perhaps when and if they get around to launching the RG552, it will come in a metal variant with odd colours too?
The RG351MP is also likely to have a built-in WiFi chip, which is unusual for ANBERNIC because in their previous metal handhelds, the metal shell itself use to interfere with the chips connection, so they had to remove it.
But it seems like they have solved the problem this time, so you won’t be needing to buy a USB-C OTG adapter to go along side it, it has finally been fixed.
Nice work ANBERNIC!
What can it do?
It can do everything the RG351V can do, because it’s exactly the same internally. The RK3326 chip used inside isn’t the most powerful on the market, but it can play your best N64 games alongside Playstation 1, Gameboy, SNES and so on very well.
It won’t however play PSP or Dreamcast games flawlessly which is a shame.
It’s obvious that ANBERNIC are trying to sell more of their RKK3326 chips, which is an out of date, under performing chip, espcially with the likes of the Miyoo P60 and Powkiddy A20 just around the corner to compete with.
But, putting that aside, ANBERNIC do know how to make a great quality metal handheld, and if it feels like any of their previous metal handhelds, we will definitely be picking one up!
Should you buy one, costs, and release dates?
If you already have a RK3326 handheld, then no, you probably shouldn’t buy one. But if you want to dabble in the world of affordable metal retro handhelds, then this is by far the best one to do it with.
The RG351P is a superb handheld, and for a few extra bucks you make that superb handheld even more… superb?
UPDATE: We have been informed by ANBERNIC that the RG351MP will launch on the 15th September and cost around $150. We have also been informed that there is no Wi-Fi chip, instead they will give you a free USB-C dongle in the box for Net Play.
We’ll update this page with more information once we receive it, but the best place to keep up to date is @retro_dodo on Twitter!