GPD Win Max 2 is a mini gaming laptop with Intel Core i7-1280P or Ryzen 7 6800U options and up to 32 GB RAM

GPD’s next handheld gaming PC will be a mini-laptop powered by a choice of an Intel Core i7-1280P Alder Lake processor with 14 cores, 20 threads and Intel Iris Xe graphics or an AMD Ryzen 7 6800U chip with 8 cores, 16 threads, and Radeon 680M graphics based on RDNA 2 architecture.

First announced in March, the upcoming GPD Win Max 2 has a 10.1-inch screen and supports up to 32 GB of RAM, holds two SSDs, a QWERTY keyboard and built-in game controllers. It will be available for pre-order through a crowdfunding campaign later this year, and GPD has started sharing the real world pictures and videos shows off the new design.

Win Max 2 measures 227 x 160 x 23 mm (8.9 “x 6.3” x 0.9 “), making it slightly larger than the previous generation model (which had an 8-inch screen and measures 207 x 145 x 26 mm (8.1 “) x 5.7” x 1 “)). But it is not that much larger, thanks to slimmer frames around the screen.

Win Max 2 has a screen of 2560 x 1600 pixels, although GPD configures the resolution to 1920 x 1200 pixels in Windows for better gaming performance. Users should be able to adjust this if desired.

GPD had previously chosen lower resolution displays such as the 1280 x 800 pixel panel in the original GPD Win Max, as you generally get better performance from integrated graphics when you do not ask the GPU to squeeze as many pixels. But the company says that Intel and AMD’s latest chips both provide significant improvements to integrated graphics, so many newer games can run at 45 to 60 frames per second with resolutions.

The monitor also supports 10-point capacitive touch input and has an active digitizer that supports 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity when used with a Microsoft Surface Pen or other stylus that supports the Microsoft Pen Protocol.

Models with Intel chips use LPDDR5 5200 MHz memory, have two Thunderbolt ports and use 20 to 64 watts of power, while AMD versions top with 30 watts and have two USB4 ports that are not Thunderbolt certified. But a GPD Win Max 2 with an AMD processor has faster memory, with LPDDR5 6400 MHz RAM.

Both versions will be available with 16 GB or 32 GB RAM and 1 TB or 2 TB PCIe NVMe solid state storage. There is also an M.2 2230 slot that can be used to add an additional SSD without removing the back cover, as well as an additional slot for an optional 4G LTE module.

GPD Win Max 2 (Intel) GPD Win Max 2 (AMD)
Show 10.1 inches
2560 x 1600 pixels
10-point capacitive touch
Pen Support (4096 levels pressure sensitivity)
10.1 inches
2560 x 1600 pixels
10-point capacitive touch
Pen Support (4096 levels pressure sensitivity)
Processor Intel Core i7-1280P
14-cores / 20-threads
20W – 64W power consumption
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
8-cores / 16-threads
Up to 30W power consumption
GPU Intel Iris Xe
96 execution units
768 power processors
Up to 1.45 GHz
AMD Radeon 680M
RDNA 2 architecture
12 Data units
768 power processors
Up to 2.2 GHz
RAM LPDDR5-5200
16 GB or 32 GB
Supports up to 64 GB
LPDDR5-6400
16 GB or 32 GB
Supports up to 64 GB
Storage M.2 2280 and M.2 2230
PCIe Gen 4.0 and PCIe Gen 3
Sold with 1TB or 2TB
Supports up to 16 TB (8 TB per track)
SD card reader
microSD card reader
M.2 2280 and M.2 2230
PCIe Gen 4.0 and PCIe Gen 3
Sold with 1TB or 2TB
Supports up to 16 TB (8 TB per track)
SD card reader
microSD card reader
Harbors 2 x Thunderbolt 4
3 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
1 x HDMI 2.1
2 x USB4
3 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
1 x HDMI 2.1
Audio video Four speakers
3.5 mm audio connector
Webcam (below the screen)
Four speakers
3.5 mm audio connector
Webcam (below the screen)
Input QWERTY keyboard (backlit)
Game controllers
Motion sensors
QWERTY keyboard (backlit)
Game controllers
Motion sensors
Safety Fingerprint sensor Fingerprint sensor
Charger 65W USB Type-C 65W USB Type-C
Wireless WiFi
bluetooth
4G LTE (optional)
WiFi
bluetooth
4G LTE (optional)

There is also a microSD card reader with support for cards up to 2 TB and speeds of up to 300 MB / s, a built-in camera (below the screen, like the camera on the GPD P2 Max mini-laptop), quad speakers, a built-in in fan, a backlit keyboard and an aluminum-magnesium alloy chassis.

The ports include two Thunderbolt 4 or USB4 ports, three USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports, a full-size HDMI 2.1 port and the laptop has a larger battery than the original GPD Win Max, and support for 65W fast charging.

The system is actively cooled, which means that there is a fan inside the cover that will generate some noise. But it would be strange to send a handheld with so much horsepower, place it like a gaming machine, and not features active cooling.

GPD has updated the design of the Win Max a bit, with the power button moved to the side of the device (previous models had it above the keyboard). There is also a fingerprint reader built into the power button.

And the keyboard has been redesigned, including larger Caps Lock, Tab and number keys. Although touchwriting was not that difficult on Win Max, it should be easier on Win Max 2.

GPD also adds covers for the joysticks to the mix, so you can transform the aesthetics of Win Max 2 so that it looks like a more traditional laptop instead of a gaming device.

There are still dual analog sticks, a D-Pad, X, Y, A and B buttons and other keys located above the keyboard that allow you to hold Win Max 2 like an oversized Nintendo DS, but you can cover them so that only the trackpad is visible.

There are shoulder buttons with linear triggers, dual vibration motors and 3-axis gravity and 3-axis gyroscopic sensors for motion control. There are also two buttons on the bottom that can be mapped by users to perform a variety of actions.

That said, the Win Max 2 sounds like a monster of a handheld gaming that is an upgrade in almost every way compared to previous generation models … but which I have to imagine will also be quite expensive, given the spec sheet. And that can make it hard to sell when Steam Deck starts at just $ 399, and other upcoming handheld devices (with less horsepower) have even lower starting prices.

That said, Steam Deck does not have a physical keyboard, and although it has some of the most powerful graphics available in a handheld, Win Max 2 will have a significant advantage when it comes to CPU power, which can do it to a better solution for people looking for a handheld gaming PC that can be used as a full-fledged, versatile PC.

Prices and availability will most likely be announced closer to the release.

via gpd_devices discord server, / r / gpdwin, @softwincn (1) (2), and GPD QQ

This article was first published March 26, 2022 and last updated June 11, 2022.

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