Anbernic RG505 Available 11/16 [Vs. RP3+]

RG505 Has A Price Lower Than Expected From Anbernic!

RG505
Anbernic RG505

The Anbernic RG505 pre-order comes up tomorrow at Anbernic.com starting at $147.99 and Up plus Shipping (Including $10 off early bird deal) [The above link is an affiliate link where I may benefit from purchases]. Personally, I'm on the fence with the RG505 and RP3+ at the moment. If I had to pick, I'd go with the RG505 between the two though. Anbernic crushed it with the pricing and I think $ for $, the 505 all of a sudden is the best bargain. The main negative of the 505 really is the in-line shoulders on such a big device which will be a deal breaker for some. It wouldn't shock me if Anbernic drops a T618 with stacked shoulders down the road. In this climate of rapid back to back to back device launches, it often pays to wait...

The Retroid Pocket 3 Plus can be pre-ordered at GoRetroid.com [not an affilate link].

Retroid Pocket 3 Plus


 Between now and the end of this year,  I should be fairly busy with the Anbernic RG353M, Evercade EXP and Retro Pixel Pocket (if it launches soon). At the moment,  the RG505 is a "strong maybe" from me and the RP3+ is a hard pass for now. I'm generally a fan of most Anbernic devices.  Anbernic's reasonable pricing with the RG505 is pretty exciting and shows that they are listening. 

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This is Anbernic's first device using the Unisoc Tiger T618 SoC (same SoC as the Retroid Pocket 3 Plus) and should probably be able to handle emulation up to about half of the PS2/GameCube library at an acceptable (great) quality. Everything up to PS1/N64/DS should run "excellent" and N64/PSP performance should be "good". 

RG505 Vs. The Retroid Pocket 3 Plus On Paper 

If you are trying to decide between the RG505 and Retroid Pocket 3 Plus, there are advantages and disadvantages to Anbernic's new device. Performance between the two will roughly be the same. The upcoming PowKiddy X28 will also have this same SoC along with their existing and "underwhelming for the price" PowKiddy X18S. 

Anbernic RG505 Specs [Link]

Retroid Pocket 3 Plus Specs [Link]

The Positives

  1. RG505 will likely have slightly better battery life. 
  2. RG505 given history of both companies, likely will have a much better build quality. 
  3. RG505 will very likely have a better d-pad and better face buttons. 
  4. RG505 will likely have much better thumb-sticks (which are hall sensor sticks). 
  5. Anbernic will be able to keep up with demand better. 
  6. RG505's very slightly larger OLED screen should look a little better than the RP3+ screen (Although the RP3+ is higher resolution with a brighter screen). Screen competition between the two really is more based on personal tastes. 
  7. In my opinion, Anbernic does have a better track record than Moorechip (Retroid) with QA and customer service. The bungled and not very consumer friendly RP3 launch certainly didn't raise my confidence in the RP3+. 
  8. The RG505 is the better $ for $ bargain which was not anticipated!
  9. The RG505 has a newer Android version running 12 vs. Android 11 on the RP3+.
The Negatives (Positive for RP3+)
  1. The Retroid Pocket 3 Plus simply looks better with more attractive shell options. 
  2. RP3+ has better bezel aesthetic. 
  3. Google Play Store does not come loaded on the RG505. 
  4. The RP3+ has stacked shoulders which is more appealing for a wider variety of gaming than Anbernic's decision to go with in-line shoulders on such a big device. 
  5. Moorechip will likely outdo Anbernic when it comes to software support. 
  6. The RG505 does not have HDMI out/video out or fast charging. 

Should you be in a rush to buy either? 

NO!

With the pace of game handheld releases, I'd say there's really no rush with either of these devices.  The RP3+ came up for pre-order about 90 days after the RP3 launch (which is not very consumer friendly) and it is very unlikely that the RG505 will be the last Anbernic device using this SoC. If I had to guess,  it will be used at least 2 more times and likely in more interesting options. I would not be surprised to see an Anbernic T618 with stacked shoulders in the future...

The T618 SoC while more powerful than what we saw with the Retroid Pocket 3 and RG353 series, is not really going to be a definitive option for very long. It's not powerful enough to emulate anything "well" past PS2/GameCube and will likely only handle half or less of the PS2 library at an acceptable level. With prices creeping up closer and closer to $200 with higher shipping costs these days,  you may want to consider jumping up to premium priced (over $200) devices. I do think most people will be happy with the RG505 and RP3+ though...

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