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Anbernic RG353 Photo Leak? Maybe...

*Update: *Update: A Second Image Has Surfaced and has been confirmed by multiple sources. Looks like it is real after all and officially called the RG353P... it is expected to have the same SoC as the RG503 and run Android/Linux.  The last time I heard anything about a possible Anbernic RG353, it looked like a vertical handheld. A very blurry and pixelated photo has now appeared that's possibly the planned RG353. Looks like a knockoff of the PocketGo S30 and if that's the case,  it gets a hard pass from me. The S30 was not very ergonomic at all.  The screen in this blurry photo looks like a 4:3 so it could be a different shell but there's no legitimate information behind any of this... just a wild rumor at this point.  If it is real,  I'm assuming the leaked photo is blurry because the handheld doesn't exist yet...

Ordered A PowKiddy RGB10S...

  Against my better judgement, I went ahead and ordered a PowKiddy RGB10S. The price isn't too bad and despite being yet another RK3326 device,  I haven't reviewed a handheld in a while so figured a sub $100 roll of the dice wouldn't be that bad of an idea.  I don't expect many surprises with this one being another very familiar RK3326 SoC. I guess build quality will be my main mystery. Hopefully I'll have it in hand by April to post my thoughts. 

PowKiddy RGB10S: Just Another RK3326 Retro Handheld...

 I can't speak for everyone,  but I don't see any need for yet another RK3326 device, but we are definitely getting another one in April with the PowKiddy RGB10S.  It's a little more pocket friendly than the other RGB10 variants (having only one thumb-stick) but I don't see much purpose in continuing with RK3326 devices which have already oversaturated the market. The RGB10S could be a good RG351V alternative for people who don't like vertical handhelds or are new to scene.  Regardless, I don't have much personal interest in this handheld, but we'll see how it looks when it comes out... Click Image for Retro Dodo write-Up

PowKiddy X39 (New Release Handheld)

It looks like PowKiddy dropped yet another handheld yesterday,  the X39 for $44.99. The price seems "all right" for the potential performance but it doesn't make much sense to have a wide screen (16:9) on a handheld that's mostly geared toward 8 and 16-bit gaming.  After the disaster that was the PowKiddy A30, my interest in this one is pretty much non-existent.  The button layout with this one doesn't look too great and I wouldn't expect build quality to be any good. It looks cheaply built in the photos, so it's going to look worse in person. I guess you could say my faith in PowKiddy is pretty minimal. I plan to keep an eye on any info that comes up with this one though... If you feel like a big gamble or just don't care,  you can buy it here:

Retroid Pocket 2 Plus: First In-Depth Look by Taki (YouTube)

Screenshot from Taki's RP2 Plus Video (YouTube) If you have any interest in the Retroid Pocket 2 Plus ($99), you definitely need to check out Taki's latest in-depth YouTube video! The stock Firmware looks like a huge improvement this time around and it should be a lot easier to setup than the original RP2 which was on the difficult side for setup. Add in improved buttons, a drastically more powerful processor, Android 9 optimization, and a touchscreen, I really don't see any reason to not buy this handheld at $99.  For $99 ... at least on paper, this is the best thing that has happened in the budget priced handheld realm in a while...  The RP2 Plus can be pre-ordered now for $99 + Shipping! Units are expected to ship out by December.

Odroid Go Advance Black Friday Sale

Odroid Go Advance Black Friday Sale! HardKernel has temporarily dropped the price on two models of the Odroid Go Advance retro handheld down to $29.50 which is close to a steal on its own...  Unfortunately shipping from South Korea will raise up that price quite a bit depending on where you live. Shipping to where I'm at adds $26 making it a $55.50 buy which is still an "OK"  price for this capable handheld that you assemble yourself. I think i paid $55 + Shipping when I bought one. If I didn't already have one, this current price would be tempting.  I checked to see if the US Distributor ( ) had the same deal going on and they don't. Current price for an OGA there is $69.95 + Shipping.  This post does not contain any affiliate links and I do not benefit if you make a purchase. Odroid Go Advance Black Edition  https://www.har

Kickstarter: Retro Dreamer G4A CM4 by My Retro Game Case LIVE

It looks like the Kickstarter for the Retro Dreamer (GBA Shell Aesthetic with 4 face buttons) handheld is now live and units should ship out by the end of the year. The project quickly reached double the funding goal on the first day and "rewards" slots are quickly filling up. If you want one you'll have to make a decision on this quickly. Pledges range from $2 to just support the project to $200 (which includes 2x DIY kits). A fully assembled ready to play out of the box runs about $167.   I currently have a G32 ESP32 handheld by MRGS that I enjoy playing although the firmware options on that device are a little frustrating but for the price i was definitely satisfied with the buy. I think a big reason to support the Kickstarter project for the G4A CM4 is that Eddie is an active member of the community who always responds to questions and supports the spirit of DIY proj

PowKiddy Q20 Mini Review

It took about 3 weeks to receive the PowKiddy Q20 Mini from the official PowKiddy store but now have had a lot of extensive hands on time with it. I opted for the Orange model which I think looks a little better.  Overall 6.5/10 "BELOW Average" If you are looking for something very casual this might be an "ok" option but you'd better off buying something like the PowKiddy V90 or waiting for this one to drop a little in price. This handheld is not ergonomic at all for extended gaming sessions but not bad in short bursts. It's a decent option for 8-bit and 16-bit gaming. Out of the box I'd certainly recommend it for NeoGeo/Arcade gaming (horizontal games), SEGA Genesis, SMS, and PC Engine emulation. Anything else requires Custom Firmware (CFW) for a decent experience.  The Good   👍The same CFW options that work with the V90/Q90/PocketGo works with this one.  👍The screen is bright with good color

Retroid Pocket 3 Design Screenshots

'Timeisart' recently posted the design screenshots for the Retroid Pocket 3 on Discord and they look interesting. The design appears to have a micro-HDMI out so we can probably assume video out will continue with the RP3 and instead of a weird slider as the right thumb stick, they both appear to be proper thumb sticks this time. Start/Select being on top isn't the greatest choice which could make some old school games awkward but all and all the design looks pretty good.  There's not much in the way of information on the system. I had contacted the company a couple months back who verified the RP3 was in the pre-production phase and should be released at some point this year. (Possibly October)... The main two competitors for this will likely be the KTR1 and "199" Handheld although the likelihood of either of those being released soon seems questionable.  There's also talk of a Retroid Pocket 2.5 being released this year as well. While not everyone loves A

Review: GameForce RK3326 Handheld (CHI)

Overall Score - 8.3/10 There's a lot to like about the GameForce and some things to not like but the high res 4:3 screen on a horizontal RK3326 device with awesome ergonomics make this one a great 4:3 option just slightly behind the 351V overall .  GameForce Gaming Handheld CPU: ROCK-CHIP RK3326 Quad-core Cortex-A35 up to 1.5Ghz GPU: Mali-G31MP2 Memory: 1GB DDR3L Screen: 3.45 inches TFT IPS screen, non OCA Resolution 640X480, Response time 10-15ms, Viewing angle 85 degree Charge and Data port: USB-Type C Charging voltage: 5V. 2A Battery: 3000 mAh Memory Card support: TF card, up to 512GB WiFi: WiFi Built-in, 2.4Ghz band Backlights: 7 Colors LEDs Dual Speakers Dual Joysticks (ALPS, same as PS VITA) Dual Vibration Motors System: EmuELEC and RetroArch (Officially supported by EmuELEC with a 4.1 build specific to the GameForce) Scores are always fairly arbitrary when going from reviewer to reviewer and subjective. I often debate whether to even use them but 8.3/10 is my est