The RG351V has been one of ANERBNIC’s most anticipated handhelds. Ever since the successful launch of the RG351M collectors and gamers are after a vertical form factor to go with it.
Just like the classic Retro Game 300 that came out years ago, this uses a very Gameboy-like design with shoulder buttons at the back and a new analogue stick on the face.
These images were leaked on Reddit, with no information to go with it. But from what we can tell it looks like they are in very early stages of their prototype, hence the wooden shells.
Due to the name “351V” this gives us an indication of some specs, because they have also used this on their previous handhelds.
The “35” means that they are most likely using a 3.5″ Display, and the “V” means it’s a vertical form factor. In terms of potential specs it’s most likely using the same internals as a RG351P.
- 3.5″ IPS Display (640 x 480)
- Quad Core 1.3GHZ CPU (RK3326)
- Mali-G31 MP2 GPU
- 1GB RAM
- 3900MAH Battery
What Does It Look Like?
The video above will give you a rough idea about the layout of the RG351V handheld. It’s bigger than your traditional horizontal handheld, the unit is thick at the bottom and thins out behind the screen to make space for the flare shoulder buttons.
This is a neat feature and we’re so happy they didn’t have shoulder buttons like that of the PiBoy DMG. The buttons and sticks used look identical to the RG351P, except with one less stick.
It’s also good to see that the analogue stick sits inside of the shell, meaning it won’t catch on your pockets when you take it in and out.
It has two USB-C ports, two SD card slots (one for software/OS, one for ROMs) and if you look carefully, it could have four shoulder buttons.
It seems as if two of the shoulder buttons raise out of the shell a bit more, making it easier to distinguish them both when gaming.
We would have like to see the speaker grill lower into the corner, a bit like the classic Gameboy, just to give a nod to the handheld that started it all.
What Can It Emulate?
It’s most likely going to emulate everything it’s predecessors can, which are the following:
- DC (not well)
- NEOGEO POCKET
- Capcom 1/2/3
Release Date & Pricing
There’s no official release date or pricing information regarding the RG351V but we can guess by looking at past leaks and how long it took to release after those first leaks.
So, taking a look back at the RG350M and the RG351P from “first leaks” to release was roughly about 3 months. So perhaps the RG351V will release in April? But again, this is a complete guess.
Pricing wise, we’re certain this is going to be a $100 handheld, anything less and it will be competing with the PocketGo S30, which would be awesome but its just got too much power to be priced there. If they did this our respect for ANBERNIC would go through the roof.
We will update this article as soon as we find new information regarding the RG351V.