If you’ve been wondering what the next handheld was going to be, the wait might almost be over. It seems that Anbernic is gearing up to release yet another device, but this one looks pretty familiar. The Anbernic RG35XX 2024 is in the works, and we’re here to share some details about what to expect.

This release comes as a little bit of a surprise given that the RG35XX Plus continues to be among the best handhelds. Although you could definitely argue that the RG35XX H offers a better form factor. Based on what we understand, the RG35XX 2024 will adopt much of what makes the Plus so great in terms of power and capabilities.

RG35XX vs. 35XX Plus

RG35XX vs. 35XX Plus

The biggest upgrade comes with the adoption of the Allwinner H700 chipset, as opposed to the Cortex-A9 SoC found in the current RG35XX. This is now paired with 1GB of LPDDR4 RAM, while also implementing the Dual-Core G31 MP2 GPU for better performance.

If things are starting to sound familiar, well, that’s because Anbernic is basically transplanting the internals from the RG35XX Plus. Pretty much everything about the RG35XX 2024 is the same as the 35XX Plus, even down to the dimensions and weight. From what we can tell, the only difference seems to be in the battery, as the RG35XX 2024 uses a 2,600mAh cell, providing up to seven hours of gameplay. This falls a bit short of the 3,300mAh battery found in the RG35XX Plus and H.

RG35XX 2024 Specs

  • Display: 3.5-inch IPS; 640×480
  • Processor: H700 Quad-Core
  • GPU: Dual-Core G31 MP2
  • Storage: 64GB microSD card w/ Dual Card Slots (Maximum 512GB)
  • Battery: 2,600mAh (Up to 7 hours)
  • Charging: 5V/1.5A with support for USB-C to USB-C charging
  • Extra features: No WiFi, but 2.4GHz Wireless and Wired Controller support (via dongle), HDMI Output, Vibration Motor
  • Software: Linux
  • Dimensions: 117mm x 81mm x 22mm
  • Weight: 186g

On the bright side, we don’t have to try and guess when it comes to what games you’ll be able to play. The RG35XX Plus is capable of playing up to PSP and Dreamcast, with a tiny bit of Saturn mixed in. So, we expect the same to be true of the upcoming RG35XX 2024.

UPDATE: RG35XX 2024 Now Available

It’s been a couple of days since we first learned about the RG35XX 2024, and now, you can order one for yourself! Pricing for the new handheld varies slightly, but it retails for $50 directly from Anbernic (plus shipping), or $61 if you go through AliExpress (with free shipping). Leaving the price roughly the same either way.

The “new and improved” RG35XX 2024 is also available in four different colors: Grey, Black, White, or Purple. So, if you’ve been holding off on picking one up, now’s as good of a time as any to jump on the pocketable handheld train!

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