What do we want? Handheld computers! When do we want them? By October 2016 or thereabouts! That’s Wade Wang’s mantra. He is the mastermind behind the GPD WIN – a 5.5-inch handheld PC the Shenzhen-based team is pushing as a game console. However, we’re convinced it could be the first Ultra-mobile PC (UMPC) that could run CAD. Why would you want to do that? Well, because why not?
The device is the first of its kind in the world, and since it successfully reached its Indiegogo funding campaign goal (with nearly $550,000 USD raised), the units are scheduled to reach early backers as soon as October 2016. The GPD WIN is kind of like the most powerful smartphone in the world. With 4GB DDR3 RAM, 64 GB ROM, an Intel Atom X5-Z8500 Quad-Core, Quad Threading Processor, and 12 Execution Units, it is as powerful as a small gaming laptop, but can fit in the palm of your hand.
Wang and his team are based in Shenzhen, China, and specialize in video game console design and development. The team had a dream to create a handheld gaming device, and the GPD WIN is that realization of that dream. Since GPD is an independent manufacturer, the WIN is not proprietary. It also offers some nifty features, including 8 hours of video play per charge and a touch screen.
The WIN operates on the Windows 10 system, yet because the PC is smaller than 10.1 inches, users will have access to the latest OS updates and access to Microsoft Office, for free. The device will support all games that can be played on a customary Windows 10 system, including Xbox, Android, Steam, Flash, PC, Emulator, MD, PSP, PS1, DC, and Arcade games.
CPU: Intel x5-Z8550
GRAPHICS: Intel HD Graphics
OS: Windows 10 Home (run other OS from MicroSD or USB)
DISPLAY: 5.5″ IPS, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
RESOLUTION: 1280×720 (720p)
BATTERY: 6000mAh (Non-removable)
WI-FI: 5GHz Dual Channel
PORTS: MicroSD Slot (128GB Support), MicroHDMI, 1 x USB 3.0 (Full Size Port), 1 x MicroUSB
The console also supports HDMI, so you need only connect it to a monitor to enjoy all the perks of a traditional console (you know, minus all the cables and mobility limitations). And while the device definitely targets gamers on the go, the tiny PC has perks for CAD users as well.
Since the handheld supports the full Windows 10 OS, 3D professionals can use the handheld as they would a traditional laptop, but fit it in a small bag or pocket. The device supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for internet connectivity, and also features a brand new gorilla glass screen to optimize clarity while providing strength. And while it might look like you’re texting, it will certainly be a topic of conversation to break up the terrible monotony of day-long meeting.
Wondering why the GPD WIN gained so much support when it’s essentially a glorified smartphone? The answer lies in what the device can do. The Intel Atom x5 Processor is the latest from Intel powering small PCs. It’s capable of power netbooks like the ASUS Transformer tablet. (We’ve reached out to the company to address Intel’s announcement about discontinuing the Atom Processors.) Powerful enough to allow you to bring your CAD software on the go, making updates or collaborating, while the monitor port pushes your view to a larger screen if needed.
The device is slated to ship to backers next fall. And while you can still get your hands on one for $330 via Indiegogo, the teensy computer is expected to retail for $500.
So, let’s get real for a moment. Would you actually use CAD software on a device like this?