KT R1 high-performance Amlogic S922X portable gaming console coming soon

Hardkernel recently unveiled plans to launch ODROID-Go Super portable retro-gaming console with a larger 5-inch display at the end of January. The console is still based on the relatively low-end Rockchip RK3326 quad-core Cortex-A35 processor coupled with just 1GB RAM found in ODROID-Go Advance.

It does the job for the emulators targetted by the platform, but for a wider range of emulators, a faster processor, and more memory would be nice to have. That’s what the developers of KT R1 portable game console aim to achieve with a much more powerful Amlogic S922X hexa-core Cortex-A73/A55 processor and up to 4GB RAM.

KT R1 S922X portable gaming console

KT R1 preliminary specifications:

  • SoC – Amlogic S922X hexa-core big.LITTLE processor with 4x Arm Cortex A73 cores @ up to 1.8 GHz, 2x Arm Cortex A53 cores @ 1.9 GHz, Arm Mali-G52MP4 GPU @ 846MHz; 12nm manufacturing process
  • System Memory – 2GB or 4GB LPDDR4 RAM
  • Storage – 16 to 128GB eMMC flash, microSD card slot
  • Display – 4-inch touchscreen display with 800×600 resolution (4:3 aspect ratio)
  • Video Output – Mini HDMI port
  • Audio – Stereo speaker, 3.5mm audio jack
  • Connectivity – Dual-band 802.11 b/g/n/ac WiFi 5 and Bluetooth
  • User inputs – “Full buttons with LR3”: dual analog sticks, R1/L1, R2/L2, R3/L3 buttons,  D-pad, ABXY buttons, and four more buttons, plus a volume rocker and power button.
  • Misc – Vibration motor
  • Battery – 4,000 mAh
  • Power Supply – Via USB-C with 25W fast charge support
  • Dimensions – 153 x 76 x 18 mm
  • Weight – TBD

KT R1 Android portable gaming console

The console will initially run Android 9.0 with Vulkan drivers for 3D graphics acceleration, but if the device performs well, and battery life is not a disaster, we should certainly see Linux-based firmware such Batocera.Linux, Lakka, RetroArch, etc… will certainly be ported to those platforms.

Since the KT R1 will be much more powerful than ODROID-Go Advance/Super, it should be able to run more games including God of War (PSP), Shenmue 2 all capable of running at 60fps on this type of platform. However, PS2 emulation may still not be practical as even with the faster processor one can only hope for a dozen or so fps.

KT R1 portable retro-gaming console is expected to launch on Indiegogo in Q1 2021, and the price floated on Reddit is around $200, so much more expensive than the $80 ODROID-Go Super, but that should be expected due to the higher-end processor, and extra memory and storage. There was no confirmation of the exact RAM/storage configuration for this price though.

Via Obscure Handhelds

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