As we all know, guys, the GPD is one of the more notable players in the handheld space, offering a variety of gaming-focused handhelds running Android or Windows. It’s been a while since we’ve seen an Android device though, dating back to 2018’s GPD XD Plus, whereas it looks like the company is readying a new handheld in this regard.
The new handheld device avoids the previous device’s DS-style clamshell design in favor of a Nintendo Switch-like form factor. Whereas, it just looks like the left-hand controller isn’t detachable, while the right-hand controller (featuring four face buttons, shoulder triggers, and an analog stick) could indeed be swapped out for an alternative gamepad.
Otherwise, the GPD XP is supposedly running a Mediatek Helio G95 processor, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a 7,000mAh battery. We don’t have screen details, but we’re guessing this is an LCD panel if previous devices are anything to go on.
In any event, these specs shall theoretically be enough to run everything up to PSP emulation at a very smooth pace, although we’d expect a few GameCube titles to run on here too.
There is a potential concern is that GPD will not provide much in the way of firmware upgrades for the new handheld. For instance, the GPD XD Plus launched with Android 7.0 and hasn’t received major version updates. So those who value software support might want to stick to using a phone and gamepad.
So far, there is no message on price or availability just yet either, whereas the GPD XD Plus retailed for just under $250. We guess the GPD XP will have a higher price.