Anbernic is a Chinese company that manufactures portable gaming devices, most of which are powered by Android or Linux software and designed for retro gaming. But it looks like the company is developing its first portable gaming PC running Windows.
This could make the new device an option for gamers looking to play modern PC games, although the new model is likely Anbernic’s most expensive system to date – most of the company’s current devices have tend to sell for between $50 and $250.
Anbernic hasn’t officially announced the new Windows handheld, but a series of images included in a recent patent application show pretty clearly that the device is designed to run Windows.
Like many handheld game consoles, it has a screen surrounded by two analog sticks, a D-Pad, action buttons, start and select keys, and four shoulder buttons/triggers. There’s also a Home key on one side and a Windows key on the other, which will likely work as a Start key.
On the left side of the device there’s also a switch that lets you toggle between game controller and mouse modes, a feature we’ve seen on other Windows handhelds, which makes Windows a bit easier to navigate on devices without a physical mouse or keyboard. This will most likely allow you to move a cursor with an analog stick while using the action buttons for left and right click actions.
Other features appear to include a USB Type-A port, which may be a USB Type-C port, stereo speakers and a 3.5mm headphone jack as well as what looks like a microphone.
There’s no word on specs or pricing, but there seems to be a safe bet that a Windows handheld will have a more expensive processor than most of Anbernic’s systems to date, which will increase the price accordingly.
If and when Anbernic’s Windows handheld hits the market, it will join an increasingly crowded space that is currently dominated by smaller Chinese companies like GPD, One Netbook and AYA as well as the upcoming Valve Steam Deck ( which will ship with the Linux-based Steam OS, but has all the necessary hardware for Windows gaming if anyone feels the urge to replace the OS).