With the success of their mini handheld game consoles, Trimui aims to take a piece of the popular vertical market with their new Trimui Smart Brick.
Trimui (pronounced ‘trim u.i.’, by the way) has seen a lot of success with their micro/affordable consoles, the Trimui Mini and the Trimui Smart.
Both of which had strong community support and even got a custom firmware (RGH Tomato OS).
But with a few concept images leaked over the holidays, it would seem that Trimui aims to go a bit larger with their next few consoles.
You know I love my vertical consoles, so the most intriguing for my own tastes is the new Trimui Smart Brick.
Trimui Smart Brick
The single concept image of the Trimui Smart Brick that we have seems to take inspiration from the king of vertical consoles in 2022: the Analogue Pocket.
And it also shares a lot in common with the upcoming Retro Pixel Pocket, one I’ve been eager to get my hands on.
There are other 1:1 perspective screens popping up lately, and honestly… I’m not sure why it sounds like a good idea. But it seems to be a hot new trend in the console scene.
Update January 8, 2023: According to an inside source, the screen might be a 4:3 perspective. Hard to say for sure. Since the Smart Brick is still in the concept phase, maybe that will be a detail altered for the final design. I'm really hoping this 1:1 trend is cut short.
One thing we can say about the screen on the Trimui Smart Brick.. it looks gorgeous and appears to have no bezels at all.
It is tough to say what the device can do, quite yet, as we have only seen the one concept image.
But based on the button configuration and the previous Trimui Smart, it would be safe to guess that we could expect that this is not gonna be a powerhouse emulation console.
It has enough buttons to play the 8-32 bit era games (GB, GBC, Genesis, NES, SNES, Neo Geo, Arcade, PS1).
Setting itself up as competition to the new Anbernic RG35XX and the Miyoo Mini.
We expect that the internals will be nearly identical to the Trimui Smart device that recently came out… just in a totally different form factor and a much better screen.
So we are expecting the following:
Trimui Smart Brick Specs (anticipated)
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- RAM: 128MB of LPDDR3
- Screen: 3.5-inch IPS
- Operating System: Linux
- Etc: 2.4Ghz Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB-C charging.
- Battery: 2000-3000mAh
Based on what Trimui did with the Mini and Smart… it is also safe to say that they aim to make a very affordable device, likely around the same price as the RG35XX and the Miyoo Mini. So we’d anticipate a device coming in at around $60usd.
Update January 8, 2023: Our inside source says it's likely closer to $80usd. With the capabilities of the device, that might be a bit high... especially for Trimui, who is known for affordable competition.
As per usual, we’re keeping an eye out. It’s still quite early on this one. But with the pace of things in 2022, it’s safe to say that things will go pretty wild in 2023.
And this isn’t even the only Trimui console leaked. They also have their new Trimui Smart Pro.
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Anthony has been a video game lover ever since he can remember. He became a fulltime nomad in 2018, living throughout most of Asia. He focused his passion in retro gaming and began creating a game for the Game Boy Color while living in Nara, Japan during the 2020 pandemic. He is now in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where he spends most of his time gaming, going on long walks and meeting as many stray dogs as possible.