GPD Win 3 at Work: The Handheld PC with Intel Iris Xe Graphics

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GPD WIN 3 DroiX

Fast forward to late last year, we can finally see the first images of the GPD Win 3 at work, a portable gaming device that looks a bit like a Nintendo Switch, with a 5.5-inch screen in the centre and game controllers. on the left and right sides. And is that while portable consoles are designed exclusively for games, the great advantage of this handheld PC is that it will work like any Windows 10 computer, being able to run both games and applications.

GPD Win 3 Specifications

Screen 5.5-inch IPS slide-out with 1280 × 720 pixel resolution, and Gorilla Glass 5 protection
CPU Intel Core i5-1135G7 or Core i7-1165G7.
GPU Intel Iris Xe 80 EU (Core i5) or Xe 96 EU (Core i7)
Memory 16 GB of RAM LPDDR4x-4266
Storage MicroSDXC M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe SSD card reader
Connectivity Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, Thunderbolt 4, 3.5 mm audio jack
Station Connectivity Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.2 (1x Type-C, 3x Type-A), HDMI 2.0b
Ports Ports.
Drums 44 Wh with 65W power adapter
Autonomy Up to 3 hours of heavy use, 6 to 8 hours of moderate use, and 14 hours of light use
Game controllers L2 / R2 analogue triggers, dual joysticks (with L3 / R3 buttons), D-Pad, X, Y, A and B keys, dual vibration motor, capacitive backlit touch keyboard
Dimensions 198 x 92 x 27 mm
Weight 560 grams

Its internal hardware also offers new features and they are level, with the  11th generation Intel Core Tiger Lake U processors, the new Intel Iris Xe graphics, a TDP of 20 watts (by default), completing its capacities with up to 16 GB of memory. DDR4 and internal storage with a 1TB NVMe SSD. What we do not know at the moment is how accessible these last components will be, opening the possible range of future manual updates.

GPD WIN 3 Space Grey with Free GPD WIN 3 Hardshell Case and Dock

It is also surprising its tactile and capacitive keyboard, which hidden behind the mobile screen, will accompany the rest of the game controls such as the dual vibration motors, D-PAD, and classic dual analogue buttons and sticks.

However, while its keyboard is accessible enough for inputting small chunks of text and simple navigation, the GPD Win 3 seems primarily designed to be a gaming machine, not a productivity device. As we can see in the test video shared by Liliputing, who have had access to one of the first units of this handheld PC, its unusual form factor makes it difficult to sell if you are looking for a machine to do something else. then games, with a rather small keyboard and somewhat difficult to handle while holding this device.

GPD WIN 3 i7 Space Grey New AAA Gaming Portable Handheld showing sliding keyboard

Although the fact that its ports include the ability to connect a mouse and keyboard, and even an external display, it certainly makes it a rather interesting option for those looking for a laptop to work while roaming. Sure you can do that. In addition, the fact of being compatible with other applications also opens the door to entertainment, with platforms such as YouTube, Twitch or Netflix, which, added to their integrated speakers or the possibility of connecting headphones (analogue or via Bluetooth), open us again. plus the range of uses.

GPD WIN 3 i7 Space Grey New AAA Gaming Portable Handheld showing from top with L1/L2&R1/R2, Power and Volume Rockers along with 3.5mm Headphone Jack

Lastly, another thing to keep in mind is that while the specs will apparently remain unchanged, this is still a prototype unit from the pre-production phase, so its final design could still be subject to some change.

Currently, we can find the GPD WIN 3 available for pre-order from DroiX at £849.95 for the i5 Version or £999.99 for the i7 Version.