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KT R1 Retro Handheld Expected To Hit Indiegogo Soon

October Update: The KTR R1 as it is now known is expected to hit Indiegogo by November. 


My interest in the KT R1 retro handheld has faded over time but it's still high up on my watch list. 

The KT R1 generated a lot of chatter last year as a potential Retroid Pocket 2 killer but development has been a slow process. It's expected to hit IndieGoGo as a pre-order by the end of this month but I wouldn't be surprised if it's August. 

The expected price is $235 which is a bit higher than we were thinking it would be last year and the specs and actual housing have changed a bit. Information and developments have been a little slow on this handheld but it seems to be nearing actual production.  

There are quite a few powerful handhelds coming out in the near future to keep an eye on. My current top 5 most anticipated handhelds in order from most to least anticipated at the moment are the Steam Deck, Odin, KT R1, Z-Pocket Game 2 and Retroid Pocket 3. I've already reserved a 612 model of the Steam Deck (Q1 2022) and probably plan to buy one of the other 4 for personal use. Right now it's looking like Odin for me but anything can change. In ways it's sad that most of my anticipated handhelds right now are Android based. Hopefully we'll see some more powerful Linux based systems in the future. 

The KT R1 running Android 10 should easily be able to handle the majority of N64, DS, PSP and Dreamcast emulation needs fairly well which should be the final deathblow to RK3326 devices and weaker Android devices for anyone prioritizing those platforms. The weaker and much cheaper devices will still be perfect options for PS1 and below so they'll still have a place in the market. 

The emulation power potential of the KT R1 as it looks right now is slightly more powerful than the Retroid Pocket 3/2.5 so to stand a chance the RP3 will definitely have to come in at less than $200. Odin which is slightly more powerful than the KT R1 plans to come in at $199 or so initially but I expect that to go up after the pre-order period. 

KT R1 Specs from timeisart on Discord: 

KT R1
Brand: KT

Release Date: Upcoming (Indiegogo in July?)

Form Factor: Landscape

OS: Android 10

SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845+

CPU: Qualcomm Kryo 385 Silver / 385 Gold (4x Cortex-A55 / 4x Cortex-A75)

CPU Cores: 8 Cores
CPU Clock Speed: 1.8 GHz - 2.8 GHz (3.0 GHz OC)

Architecture: ARM

GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 630

GPU Clock Speed: 650 MHz

RAM: 4, 6, or 8 GB LPDDR4

Screen: 4.5 inch, 1620 x 1080, 3:2 IPS Touchscreen, Tempered Glass (OCA Laminated)

Battery: 5000 - 6000 mAh

Cooling: Customized heatsink (Fan TBD)

D-Pad: Cross (Upper placement)

Analogs: Dual thumbsticks with L3/R3 (Customizable/modular left stick placement with shell swap)

Face Buttons: 4 Buttons
Shoulder Buttons: L1, R1, L2, R2 (Vertical stacked)
Extra Buttons: Power, Volume +-, Home, Hotkey/Menu, 4 buttons on back
Charge port: USB-C
Storage: Internal 64, 128, or 256 GB UFS2.1, External MicroSD

Connectivity: WiFi 5, Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C OTG

Video Out: USB-C video out

Audio Out: 3.5mm Headphone

Speakers: Dual Stereo (Front facing)

Rumble: white_check_mark
Dimensions: 159.6 mm x 76.9 mm x 18 mm (Old info, out of date)
Weight: ?

Colors: Plastic: Gray, Yellow, White, Pink; Metal: Colors TBA

Price: <¥1500 ($235)

Emulation Limit: N64, PSP & Dreamcast almost all full speed, some Gamecube playable. PS2 barely playable for easier to emulate games only...

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