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The OneXPlayer X1 Mini is the most feature-packed handheld gaming PC yet

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Swappable SSDs, detachable controllers, detachable keyboard, kickstand, face unlock…

By Sean Hollister, a senior editor and founding member of The Verge who covers gadgets, games, and toys. He spent 15 years editing the likes of CNET, Gizmodo, and Engadget.

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Steam Deck, ROG Ally and Lenovo Legion Go a bit too simplistic for you? The OnePlayer X1 Mini is the most gadget-y handheld yet. The upcoming 8.8-inch, 144Hz Windows gaming tablet has:

  • Two detachable gamepads, like a Nintendo Switch
  • A magnetically detachable keyboard cover, like a Surface tablet
  • A kickstand
  • An easy-access SSD slot under that kickstand (new for handhelds, I believe!)
  • An Oculink port to connect one of a growing number of eGPUs
  • Windows Hello automatic face log-in, as well as a fingerprint reader power button
  • A 65 watt-hour battery, one of the largest in handhelds
  • Multiple USB4 ports
  • A controller grip to snap its Joy-Con-alikes together into a wireless gamepad
  • “Harman EFX tuned audio”

You won’t forget where the WASD keys are, that’s for sure.

You won’t forget where the WASD keys are, that’s for sure.

Image: OneXPlayer

And, importantly, it’s got a AMD 8840U processor instead of a Intel Core Ultra chip.

Not completely toolless — there’s still one screw.

Not completely toolless — there’s still one screw.

Image: OneXPlayer

See, the OneXPlayer X1 Mini is a smaller 8.8-inch version of the 10.95-inch OneXPlayer X1 put on sale earlier this year — and that one shipped with the same Intel Core Ultra chip that recently underwhelmed us in the MSI Claw. OneXPlayer has already dramatically cut the price of the larger Intel-powered handheld, and has just announced an AMD 8840U powered version of it as well.

Top: OnePlayer X1 Mini. Bottom: OnePlayer X1

Top: OnePlayer X1 Mini. Bottom: OnePlayer X1

Images: OneXPlayer

But if I had to pick between 10.95-inch or 8.8-inch versions, sight unseen, with the same size 65Wh battery (yes they’re the same size) I’d probably choose portability. Unless the 8.8-inch keyboard is really cramped or something.

Either way, I really want to try it. Hope it doesn’t cost too much! It hasn’t quite begun its Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign yet, but I let you know when it does.

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