Just a few months ago (in March), GPD introduced the Ryzen 7 6800U version. However, the same platform is also compatible with the newer AMD APUs, which are based on a completely different architecture.
The latest version offers a choice between the Ryzen 7 7840U and Ryzen 5 7640U APUs. Interestingly, the Ryzen 5 7640U is not a common selection among gaming console manufacturers, despite its significant processing capabilities. The closest comparison we have is the ASUS ROG Ally, which likely uses a similar APU but with fewer GPU cores and customized power profiles.
The Ryzen 7000 upgrade entails a shift from the Zen3+/RDNA2 APU to a Zen4/RDNA3 combination. This results in enhanced performance and improved power efficiency. In terms of specifications, the 7840U option offers 8 cores and 16 threads, reaching speeds of up to 5.1 GHz. On the other hand, the 7640U has 6 cores and 12 threads, with a maximum boost of 4.9 GHz. The CPU core count aligns with the changes in the integrated GPU; the 8-core model boasts a full 12 CU @ 2.7 GHz, while the 7640U is expected to have 8 CU operating at up to 2.6 GHz. Notably, this still doubles the number of GPU cores compared to the more affordable upcoming ROG Ally, set to be released later this year.
Based on the official specifications, the 2023 model will introduce additional memory options, including a 64GB variant. The notable improvement lies in the memory speed, which has been upgraded to the LPDDR5x-7500 standard, surpassing the earlier 6400 MT/s of the early 2023 model. Additionally, GPD will be offering a 4TB storage option.
Delving further into the specifications, we discover that the screen size and resolution remain unchanged. The updated console retains the same chassis, with identical dimensions and weight. It appears that the only modifications made were to the APU, memory, and storage options.
The GPD Win 4 2023 bears a striking resemblance to the Sony PSP handheld platform, which featured a 4.3-inch screen, the same size as the original iPhone. Nowadays, handheld standards have evolved, and the smallest screen size on a handheld device is 6 inches (e.g., 6.2 inches on the Nintendo Switch). However, the most intriguing aspect of this console is not the screen size but the presence of a complete physical keyboard hidden beneath the screen.
According to GPD, the 2023 model is scheduled for release in August of this year, indicating a five-month gap between the 6800U and 7840U versions. The pricing has yet to be confirmed.