With its Win 3, GPD returns to a concept that we had lost sight of, that of the Ultra-Mobile PC with a retractable keyboard. Noticeably different from other devices launched by the Chinese brand, this new GPD Win 3 comes with Intel Tiger-Lake processors. We now have a fairly precise idea of its price. The device is already famous for its previous versions, and now it promises brutal performance thanks to its 11th generation Intel chips with Intel Iris Xe graphics, 16 GB of RAM, and 1 TB of SSD.
The GPD Win 3 is also and especially aimed at video gamers. The handheld is equipped with two analog sticks, shoulder buttons, and a control pad and action buttons; with which, for example, shooters can be played without using an external controller. The display can be pushed upwards, which means that entries can also be made on the built-in keyboard.
This means that the system can also be used on the go as a tablet or a more or less full-fledged laptop and can also be used as a productive system thanks to the docking station and the possibility of using it on an external display. At 5.5 inches, the touchscreen is relatively small and the resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels is more appropriate – but this results in comparatively compact dimensions of 198 x 92 x 27 millimeters, and the low resolution of the frame rate tends to be a particular factor Benefit from GPU-heavy game titles.
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Its performance is supported by the 11th generation Intel processor (Tiger Lake). GPD provides two models for Win 3. The first model is with a Core i5-1135G7 processor and an Intel Xe GPU equipped with 80 Execution Units (EU). The second model has a Core i7-1165G7 processor and an Intel Xe GPU equipped with 96 EU. Both models come with 16GB LPDDR4-4266 RAM and 1TB PCIe 3.0 SSD; GPD doesn’t forget to embed a pair of heat pipes and a cooling fan to ensure optimal performance during gaming sessions.
This performance is no joke. The Intel Xe GPU itself has proven capable of running a variety of AAA game titles; and when combined with 720p resolution instead of 1080p; the performance will obviously be even smoother in this GPD Win 3. A demonstration video from GPD shows Win 3 being able to run Borderlands 3 stably at 60 fps, and they even had time to try it with Microsoft Flight Simulator or Red Dead Redemption 2.
In terms of control, Win 3 carries a layout that gamers may already be familiar with; a pair of joysticks on the left and right, the D-Pad button on the left; four action buttons on the right, and four trigger buttons on the top. GPD did not forget to add two extra keys on the back of Win 3 that can be programmed as needed, such as to replace the “Esc” key so that players don’t have to bother opening the keyboard every time they want to press the key.
At the bottom right corner, there is a fingerprint sensor for easy screen unlocking. Volume control buttons, a jack microphone once headphone, port USB-A and USB-C (Thunderbolt 4) are there; and if it is still lacking, GPD also offers a dock external to Win 3 which will provide access to a connection; extras such as HDMI or Ethernet. The Win 3 battery is claimed to have a capacity of 44 Wh; and this is estimated to be enough to play heavy games for 2-3 hours. Charging itself only takes about 1.5 hours if you use a 65 W adapter.
Still, we would love to see the capabilities of this machine in real life. Considering its compact nature, the GPD Win 3 could turn out to be a solid competitor to the Nintendo Switch if they manage to achieve scale. We can buy it from Banggood at $1124.99 by using coupon code: BG70838e valid for only 10Pcs and For Just $1139.99 by using Coupon Code: BGb30475 valid for only 10Pcs
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