I recently reviewed Anbernic’s latest handheld, the RG350P. It is quite impressive on the hardware design aspect and plays all games I threw at it on the emulators it claims to support. However, these end up at the original PlayStation as it reaches the limits of the JZ4770 CPU. So how about emulating past the PS1 and emulating N64 and dreamcast games, as well as PSP? That’s what’s possible with the RK3326 CPU.
The next generation of these open-source handhelds appear to increasingly adopt this RK3326 CPU, with the Odroid Go Advance (OGA) often cited as the reference. Anbernic’s next device has also been reported to use this CPU but little else is officially known about the device. Today, I am ready to share some exclusive and official footage, as well as pictures, of Anbernic’s next handheld, the RG351:
While the footage and pictures do not show the device in use, my contact told me that it’s a unit that’s close to a retail one, and it seems like the RG351’s design is taking a lot from the RG350P that I reviewed. What’s missing is an HDMI port but that’s not much of a bummer personally as the appeal is mostly on-the-go gaming with these devices. I also notice that there’s only one microSD card slot, which suggests that the device has some sort of internal memory, rather than a dedicated microSD for that (which felt like an odd decision when I reviewed the RG350P and the New PocketGo V2).
I also notice that to adjust the volume, there’s a volume control wheel rather than buttons. This is a plus personally, and also adds some nostalgic flair to it.
It sports the same button layout as the RG350P and a screen size of 480x320, which is great for GBA games but I’m mostly interested to see how PSP emulation performs on it. My contact is also quick to point out that the RG351 is not an OGA clone. Given Anbernic’s track record in the retro handheld scene, I’m looking forward to what they offer with the RG351’s software and how they set themselves apart from other RK3326 console makers.
Regarding a release date, no specific one is officially available but my contact said to expect its release to be “close”. But no details about pricing was mentioned.
What do you think of the RG51 so far? What features would you like to see in it?