POWKIDDY X18 is a Low Cost Portable Android Game Console Powered by MediaTek MT8163 SoC

GPD XD Plus handheld Android game console launched about nearly one year ago with a MediaTek MT8176 hexa-core Arm Cortex-A72/A53 processor, and a 5.0″ display, and is now sold for under $210. But there’s now another portable game console that appears heavily inspired from GPD design, but featuring a low end MediaTek MT8163 quad core Cortex A53 processor instead, as well as a slightly larger 5.5″ display. Meet POWKIDDY X18.

POWKIDDY X18POWKIDDY X18 hardware specifications:

  • SoC – MediaTek MT8163 quad core Cortex A53 processor @ 1.3GHz with Arm Mali-T720 GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB LPDDR3
  • Storage – 16GB eMMC flash, microSD card
  • Display – 5.5″ IPS Screen with 1280 x 720 resolution, 5-point capacitive touchscreen
  • Video Output – HDMI port
  • Connectivity – WiFi 4 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth: 4.0
  • USB – 1x micro USB port (for charging only?)
  • Buttons – Power button, D-Pad, A/B/X/Y buttons, L1/L2/R1/R2, left & right joysticks, Start & Select buttons, Volume +/-, Keymap, Task manager, Home, and Back buttons
  • Battery – 5,500 mAh Li-ion battery
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A via micro USB port
  • Dimensions – 14.50 x 14.50 x 2.40 cm
  • Weight – 300 grams

PowKiddy X18 HDMI USBPowKiddy X18 ButtonsThe console runs Android 7.1, and ships with a Chinese and English Manual, and a data cable. I was first informed the console was listed on GeekBuying for $139.99, but you’ll also find it on GearBest and Aliexpress for $120 and up shipped.

Somebody already published a video review of the game console, and the conclusion is that while the quality is not that good, but overall the device fairly good for the price with a good display, and you may consider it

Thanks to theguyuk for the tip.

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This seems like the MT8163B. There’s also the MT8163A which does 1.5GHz and a slightly higher GPU clock.

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Same CPU A53 cores and GPU T720 as a Allwinner H6, there are H6 3 – 4 GB TV boxes going for £30 or less on Aliexpress. Get a wireless controller and download emulators.

Now if Powkiddy x18 had Linux and a keyboard?

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It has a 51hz screen which makes it useless for accurate NTSC roms emulation.

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But enough for Pal and Secam, maybe if sells well they might do a update?