GPD Win Max 2 is a handheld gaming PC with the latest Intel and AMD processors

GPD, known for its various Windows and Android-powered consoles such as GPD Win 3, has revealed almost all the details of its next Windows-powered game console, GPD WIN Max 2, and it looks very promising. The new model comes with upgraded Intel and AMD processors, a larger screen with narrow frames and more.

Intel Core i7-1280P or AMD Ryzen 7 6800U

From the performance, the GPD WIN Max 2 will come in Intel or AMD versions, and both are very promising in themselves. The Intel model will come with an Intel Core i7-1280P (comes from the Core i7-1195G7 in the previous model), which is Intel’s top-level CPU for ultra-mobile PCs. This processor has a total of 14 cores and 20 threads, and uses Intel’s new hybrid architecture. There are 6 performance cores capable of increasing up to 4.8 GHz, and eight efficient cores backing it up. It has a base TDP of 28W, but it can go as high as 60W. Despite the increase in TDP, the power efficiency of the hybrid architecture can result in better battery life for this new model.

It also means you can Intel Iris Xe graphics, which are largely unchanged from the previous model. Intel did not make major updates to the graphics with its 12th generation mobile processors. Still, the Intel Iris Xe can deliver a solid experience in many games, as long as you are willing to turn down some settings.

GPD WIN Max 2 seen from below at right angles

As for the AMD version, you can expect to see the new AMD Ryzen 7 6800U processor, which is also a major upgrade from the Ryzen 7 4800U that was in the original GPD WIN Max. This new processor is based on the Zen3 + architecture and it comes with 8 cores and 16 threads, plus some improvements under the hood compared to the previous generation. The big upgrade here is when it comes to graphics. This processor features AMD’s latest Radeon Graphics 600M, which promises faster GPU performance than an NVIDIA GeForce MX450, a discreet portable GPU. It should allow you to play even more modern games at higher settings, all thanks to the RDNA2 architecture, similar to what’s inside the Steam deck.

Apart from the CPU, the GPD WIN Max 2 will come with either 16 GB or 32 GB LPDDR5 RAM, which supports up to 5200 MT / s on the Intel model or 6400 MT / s on AMD. You also get a 1TB or 2TB PCIe Gen 3 M.2 2280 SSD built-in, with an additional M.2 2230 slot available for easy expansion without tearing the entire PC apart. The M.2 2230 slot can also be used for an LTE modem if you want that type of connection. The battery has also been upgraded from a 57Wh unit to a 65Whr unit.

GPD WIN Max 2 has a larger 10.1-inch screen

A major upgrade with the GPD WIN Max 2 will be the display, which comes in a much larger 10.1-inch panel compared to the original WIN Max’s 8-inch display. GPD has shrunk the edges around the screen significantly, even removing space for the webcam on the frame. The screen now comes in up to Quad HD + (2560 x 1600), although the default setting is Full HD + (1920 x 1200). Both are still an upgrade from 1280 x 800 to their predecessor, so this should be good news if you want a sharper screen. As with the previous model, the screen supports 10-point multi-touch, and it even works with active pens with support for 4096 pressure levels.


GPD WIN Max 2 seen from front to right

Because the frames shrank so much, the console is not much larger than its predecessor, even though the screen is much larger. It is still slightly larger, but now measures 228 mm x 167 mm. The previous model measured 207 mm x 145 mm, but it was also thicker.

With no space for the webcam on the frame, GPD has moved it to the hinge, which is a bit reminiscent of Nintendo’s DSi consoles back in 2009. This will not be ideal if you use it as a laptop, but it should work well enough when holding the console in the hands.

The larger design also provides space for a more spacious keyboard for typing, in addition to the usual Xbox-style controls, including analog triggers and sticks.

It has Thunderbolt 4 and USB4

When it comes to ports, GPD WIN Max 2 is not missing at all either. It has two USB Type-A ports on the side for external devices, plus another USB Type-A port, HDMI and two USB Type-C ports on the back. However, one of these Type-C ports is a big deal, because it now supports USB4 on AMD models. Previously, you had Thunderbolt 4 support on the Intel model so you could connect an external GPU or monitor, but the AMD version did not support it. With USB4, it should now be possible on both variants.

Another important feature is support for both microSD and full-size SD cards at the same time. If you need more storage space and do not want to fiddle with the SSDs, you can easily install SD card and use it for data that does not require super high speeds.

GPD has also moved the power button to the edge of the chassis, on the front. Not only that, but the power key now has a built-in fingerprint reader, so the laptop supports Windows Hello.

All in all, the GPD WIN Max 2 looks like a very promising handheld Windows console. GPD has not yet said when the device will be available, or even when the Indiegogo campaign starts, but hopefully it will happen soon. We also have no words for price information yet.


Source: GPD (WeChat)