A few years ago, it was hard to look at portable consoles from China without crying. They were frankly slow and poorly assembled devices made of cheap plastic. But lately, this industry has changed a lot, several recognizable brands have appeared, and a whole army of admirers has started up among Chinese retro consoles. I propose to look at both budget and flagship models of set-top boxes that you can consider buying at the moment.
The RG552 is Anbernic’s flagship, highest performing yet least compact console. Model RG552 is equipped with a 6-core Rockchip RK3399 processor and 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM. Because of this, it does a good job of running PSP games, Dreamcast and many other systems.
The display diagonal is 5.36 inches, with an aspect ratio of 5:3, it has a resolution of 1920 x 1152 pixels. The set-top box boasts two batteries (3200 mAh each), two memory card slots and the ability to work with two operating systems (Android 7.1 and Linux).
The most productive console in this collection. Unisoc T618 octa-core processor, 4 GB RAM, Android 11 on board. The display diagonal is 5.5 inches, the resolution is 720p. Hardware allows you to play without brakes even the most «heavy» games with the PSP (such as GoW), Dreamcast, GBA, N64 and Sega Saturn.
The X18S even allows you to run some «light» games from the Nintendo GameCube, which was previously unattainable on this kind of device. The clamshell form factor protects the screen from scratches, so you can carry this console with you without any protective cases.
RG351MP is equipped with a 4-core RK3326 processor and 1GB of RAM. The screen is 3.5 inches, aspect ratio 4:3 and a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels.
The device is capable of running games from PS1, Sega Mega Drive, GBA, etc. The metal body, build quality and simplicity of the interface is what distinguishes the RG351MP from other similar consoles.
This set-top box is devoid of analog sticks, but it has truly portable dimensions: 89 x 78 x 18 mm with a weight of 120 g. The screen is 2.8 inches with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels.
A 2-core processor and 512 MB of RAM are enough to «digest» games from GBA, GBC, Neo-Geo, SNES and PS1. The 2100 mAh battery is designed for 6-7 hours of play.
Pocket Go S30
Appearance Pocket Go S30 resembles a game controller from the SNES. The screen with a diagonal of 3.5 inches has a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. Inside the S30 you can find a 4-core AllWinner A33 processor and 512MB of RAM.
The 2600 mAh battery provides about 5 hours of autonomy. In terms of launching games, the capabilities of the S30 are identical to the previous instance. The downside of the S30 is the narrow viewing angles of the display.
The RGB20 is a retro console with a «vertical» form factor. In the photo, it looks small, like the RG280V, but in fact the RGB20 is much larger: 108 x 93 x 20 mm. The screen has also grown in size to the standard 3.5 inches, with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels.
Inside is a 4-core RK3326 processor familiar to its price category. The amount of RAM is 1 GB. Thus, RGB20 allows you to play all the same games as RG351MP.
v90 is the most budget console in the Powkiddy lineup. The diagonal of the IPS screen is 3 inches, and the resolution is 240 x 320 pixels. The removable 1020 mAh battery is fully charged in 2.5 hours, and after that it lasts for 4 hours of play.
There is a 3.5mm headphone jack as well as a pair of stereo speakers. The v90 is slightly smaller than the original GBA SP. The hardware of the v90 is enough to handle most PS1 games, as well as any GBA, Sega Mega Drive, Neo-Geo games, etc.
Powkiddy RGB10 Max 2
Max 2 is another set-top box based on the RK3326 chip, with the capabilities inherent in this solution. This time we have a rather large 5-inch screen with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels by the standards of retro consoles.
The left and right edges of the console have bulges and roundings, which makes the console more “grasping”. The analog sticks are «recessed» into the front panel, so they will be more difficult to damage during transportation.
Family Pocket FC3000 V2
The FC3000 V2 is the cheapest set-top box in this collection. The device is powered by 3 AAA batteries. Equipped with a 3-inch screen with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. The volume is controlled by a wheel on the right side of the device.
The device is capable of running games from such systems as Game Boy, GBC, Neo-Geo, Sega Mega Drive, NES, Game Gear, SMS. Heavy games from the SNES on this budget device can slow down.
Game Kiddy 350H
The 350H has a 3.5-inch IPS display with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. The device allows you to enjoy games from retro systems up to PS1 without brakes. The main disadvantage of this budget phone is the lack of L2/R2 buttons. Although in 95% of games on the same PS1 there is no need for them.
The device is offered in 4 colors. Autonomy at maximum brightness is ~ 4.5 hours.
The range of portable retro consoles is now wider than ever, because even rather weak mobile processors by modern standards do a good job of running “classic” games from consoles of bygone years. I hope this collection will help you in your choice.