The GPD Win is a fully-fledged x86-handheld running Windows 10!
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The GPD Win is a Windows10-Handheld with an x86-Processor, the predecessor of the GPD Win2 .
Technical Details of the GPD Win:
Size: 15,5 * 9,7 * 2,2cm
OS: Windows 10
CPU: Intel® Atom Quad-Core Z8750
Graphics: Intel® HD Graphics
RAM: 4GB DDR3
internal storage: 64GB (eMMC4.51), can be enhanced using the Micro SD Storage slot.
LCD: 5,5" 1280x720 IPS-Panel with capacitive touchschren with Gorilla-Glass
Battery: 6700mAh LiPo (not replaceable), Runtime approx. 5 - 8 hours depending on use-case)
Gaming Controls: DPad, 4 Face-Buttons, 4 Shoulder buttons, two analog sticks
Wifi: 802.11 b/g/n
Connections: USB Host, Micro-USB 3.0, Mini HDMI, 3.5" Headset-Port
Keyboard: 67 key + 10 further function keys
Questions and Answers:
Q: Is it possible to install a different OS (i.e. Linux)?
A: Maybe. The device has no locked bootloader, but there is no official support for anything else except Windows 10. Besides, similar Intel SoCs are known to have issues running Linux. So it might work, but we cannot promise anything.
Q: Is it possible to install a different Windows 10 version?
A: Yes. You can find the drivers for that here at the downloads.
Q: Can the memory or CPU be upgraded?
A: No, that's not possible. You can only increase the internal storage using a MicroSD-Card.
Q: Can the GPD Win play ALL Windows PC Games?
A: In theory, yes. However, RAM and Processor can cause issues. The processor is about as fast as a normal desktop PC from 2010. Many current Indie games and other not-processor-hungry games will work fine, but don't expect it to run the latest commercial games (like Witcher 3 or GTAV) in full speed!
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Spectacular handheld, great especially for PC players (has some lacks though)
So far mobile gaming was focused mostly on handheld consoles (usually those from Nintendo + "occasional" competitors) and on cellphones/smarthones with Android - depending on period). Library of none of those could even be compared with incredible amount and variety of PC games. Fortunately, with GPD Win we can finally break this barrier.
It's in basic premises small computer with Windows 10, closed in "handheld" shell. But there are two important things - Windows 10 is "stationary" version, adjusted to GPD Win, not the "mobile" one. Plus we've got physical keyboard (we don't use it too much for playing, but without it launching many titles would be impossible) With those two things GPD Win is openinng widely library of PC games... Well, not all of them, of course, but still huge amount of them. Almost any Dos game (with help of DosBox of course) will run greatly. With Windows games it's a bit of lottery - some of them are working immediately fine, some of them will require some addiitonal software like DxWnd or DgVoodoo (especially those older). Aside from demanding 3D games from last years though, you've got really wide library to play on your GPD Win. Which is really great!
Of course it highly depends on your preferences - I personally don't like to play in FPS games on anything else than mouse and keyboard, but I can play on my GPD Win in great amount of turn-based strategies and cRPG, as well as in many 2D and 3D platform games. Always dreamed about playing in Jazz Jackrabbit 2 or Disciples 2 on the go? Now you can!
I generally like controllers - they're nice and comfortable, idea with three modes ("mouse" + D-pad and buttons as equivalents of some keyboard keys; Xinput for XBox 360 controller emulator and dinput for emulating "simple" usb controller) is generally working well... Except from the fact that you can't rebind functions for mouse mode, which is especially annoying with the fact, that you've got four shoulder buttons, but they must function in this mode as LMB and RMB.
While playing in 2D games and old 3D games (such as Incubation) is allowing to play quite long (about 5-8hours), in case of 3D games (I've tested Sonic Heroes from 2004) power consumption is much bigger - it's decreasing playing time to 3-4 hours). And heating issues - cooling is operated manually and even turned on is not always cooling device in sufficient way.
You have to forgive some sins to GPD Win, but in my opinion it's totally worth to do it - because in return you're receiving universal handheld with incredible potential. I'm really sad that I had to take one star from final rate, but mentioned lacks are rather important.
And it's totally worth to buy it now, in newest revision, because indeed first versions had tendency to be more fragile and affected by various malfunctions. Plus it's much more affordable option than incoming, but much more expensive GPD Win 2.
I totally recommend this device - despite its lacks. It's my favourite handheld amongst all I've played so far.
Another Nifty Little Device
I've had my GPD Win for about a month. With Steam and GOG Galaxy, I've downloaded a reasonable number of games, and all have worked except Civilization III. I'm sure with a bit of investigation I could get that working too. I haven't tried anything too recent, but 2010-abouts and earlier games work well on this device.
I've run into a few issues with dlls and the like, but I kind of expect that with Windows and they were all easy enough to fix.