The GPD Win Max 2 is a handheld gaming PC with the latest Intel and AMD CPUs

GPD, known for its various Windows and Android based consoles like GPD Win 3, has revealed almost all the details of its next Windows based game console, the GPD WIN Max 2, and it looks very promising. The new model comes with upgraded Intel and AMD processors, a larger display with narrow bezels, and more.

Intel Core i7-1280P or AMD Ryzen 7 6800U

Starting with performance, the GPD WIN Max 2 will be available in Intel or AMD versions, and both show great promise on their own. The Intel model ships with an Intel Core i7-1280P (derived from the Core i7-1195G7 in the previous model), which is Intel’s top-tier CPU for ultra-mobile PCs. This processor has a total of 14 cores and 20 threads and uses Intel’s new hybrid architecture. There are 6 performance cores that can accelerate up to 4.8GHz and eight efficient cores that support it. It has a base TDP of 28W but can reach up to 60W. Despite the increase in TDP, the energy efficiency of the hybrid architecture could result in better battery life for this new model.

It also means you can use Intel Iris Xe graphics, which are mostly unchanged from the previous model. Intel hasn’t made any major graphics updates to its 12th Gen mobile processors. Still, Intel Iris Xe can offer a solid experience in many games as long as you’re willing to dial down some settings.

GPD WIN Max 2 seen from bottom right

As for the AMD version, you can expect the new AMD Ryzen 7 6800U processor, which is also a big upgrade from the Ryzen 7 4800U that was included in the original GPD WIN Max. This new processor is based on the Zen3+ architecture and features 8 cores and 16 threads and some improvements under the hood compared to the previous generation. The big upgrade here, however, is in the graphics. This processor features AMD’s latest Radeon Graphics 600M, which promises faster GPU performance than an NVIDIA GeForce MX450, a standalone laptop GPU. That should allow you to play even more modern games at higher settings, all thanks to the RDNA2 architecture, similar to what’s in the Steam Deck.

Aside from the CPU, the GPD WIN Max 2 comes with either 16GB or 32GB of LPDDR5 RAM and supports up to 5200 MT/s on the Intel model or 6400 MT/s on AMD. You also get an integrated 1TB or 2TB PCIe Gen 3 M.2 2280 SSD, with a second M.2 2230 slot for easy expansion without taking the whole PC apart. The M.2 2230 slot can also be used for an LTE modem if you want that kind of connectivity. The battery has also been upgraded from a 57 Wh unit to a 65 Wh unit.

The GPD WIN Max 2 has a larger 10.1 inch display

A major upgrade of the GPD WIN Max 2 will be the display, which will have a much larger 10.1-inch panel compared to the original WIN Max’s 8-inch screen. GPD has significantly reduced the bezels around the display and even removed space for the webcam on the frame. The display now has a resolution of up to Quad HD+ (2560 x 1600), although the default is Full HD+ (1920 x 1200). Both are still an upgrade from the predecessor’s 1280 x 800 though, so this should be good news if you want a sharper screen. As with the previous model, the display supports 10-point multi-touch and even works with active pens with support for 4,096 pressure levels.

GPD WIN Max 2 front right view

Because the bezels have shrunk so much, the console isn’t that much larger than its predecessor, although the screen is much larger. It’s still slightly larger, though, now measuring 228mm x 167mm. The previous model measured 207mm x 145mm but was also thicker.

With no room for the webcam on the bezel, GPD has moved it to the hinge, somewhat reminiscent of Nintendo’s 2009 DSi consoles. This isn’t ideal if you’re using it like a laptop, but it should work well enough if you’re holding the console in your hands.

The larger design also accommodates a roomier keyboard for typing, in addition to the usual Xbox-style controls, including analog triggers and sticks.

It has Thunderbolt 4 and USB4

The GPD WIN Max 2 is also not lacking in connections. It has two USB Type-A ports on the side for peripherals, plus another USB Type-A port, HDMI, and two USB Type-C ports on the back. However, one of those Type-C ports is a big deal as it now supports USB4 on the AMD models. Previously, you had Thunderbolt 4 support on the Intel model, allowing you to connect an external GPU or display, but the AMD version didn’t support it. With USB4 this should now be possible with both variants.

Another important feature is the simultaneous support of microSD and full-size SD cards. If you need more storage and don’t want to mess around with the SSDs, you can just install SD cards and use them for data that doesn’t require super-fast speeds.

GPD has also moved the power button to the edge of the case, on the front. In addition, the power key now has an integrated fingerprint reader, so the laptop supports Windows Hello.

All in all, the GPD WIN Max 2 looks like a very promising handheld Windows console. GPD has yet to say when the device will be available or even when the Indiegogo campaign will start, but hopefully it will happen soon. We also don’t have a word on pricing information yet.

Source: GPD (WeChat)