“Anbernic” is a brand that’s not usually heard in the mainstream gaming landscape. However, the company has been around for quite some time now and has built a following thanks to a myriad of handheld gaming consoles, most of which run on Android.
With that said, the company has recently announced its latest addition to its product line-up in the form of the Anbernic Win600. Unlike previous devices though, the Win600 will run on Microsoft’s Windows operating system (Windows 10, to be precise) and will most likely compete with products like the Aya Neo Next, Steam Deck, and Nintendo Switch.
Anbernic says that the new handheld will come with some promising hardware and software features, and if you’re interested in checking it out, we’ve prepared this quick little rundown of what to expect from the Win600.
Like a lot of modern handheld consoles, the Win600 features a landscape-oriented design, similar to competing systems from Nintendo and Steam. The front of the device is dominated by a 5.94-inch IPS screen, surrounded by your usual array of controller input which includes a D-Pad, action buttons, Start, Select, Home button, Windows button, shoulder buttons, and two analog sticks.
It will also come with a USB-C charging port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and will be powered by a 4,500 mAh battery with support for fast charging.
The Win600 comes in two different versions with different hardware configurations: One will come with the AMD 3020e processor and a 128GB SSD, while the other variant will run on an AMD 3050e processor and a 256GB SSD (both come with 8GB of RAM). In case you want to tweak around, Anbernic says that users will be able to replace the RAM and SSD inside the console.
The built-in customizability is certainly a great feature, especially for gamers who want to have more control over their machine’s power. Not many handheld systems come with removable parts as well.
As mentioned earlier, the Win600 will come pre-installed with Windows 10, and will also be able to run Steam OS. As with the rest of Anbernic’s device offerings, the handheld is advertised primarily for gaming purposes, which includes Steam and support for emulators.
In terms of emulation, the Win600 can supposedly run Xbox 360 titles, Sony PlayStation, PS2, PS3, and PSP games, Nintendo 64, DS, 3DS, Gamecube, and Wii titles, in addition to the native support for PC games. If true, then this will be a great little system for emulation aficionados.
Based on these specs, the Anbernic Win600 seems like a really impressive piece of tech. So far, not too many details were given by the company with regards to pricing, as well as regional availability, although we can expect more and more info to come soon. At the moment, the processing power, as well as software compatibility, sound really promising, and if Anbernic prices this right, it might end up being a must-have device.
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