But the Anbernic RG503 has one feature that I didn’t expect from a device in this price range: an OLED display.
The handheld game console features a 4.95-inch, 960 x 544 pixel OLED display which Anbernic says is the same as the display panel used in the playstation vitaa console sold for $250 when it launched over a decade ago (that would be around $320 today if you take inflation into account).
But the RG503’s other specs are decidedly less impressive than its display. The device is powered by a Rockchip RK3566 processor, which is a 1.8 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A55 processor with Mali-G52 graphics.
It only has 1GB of LPDDR4 memory and only 16GB of onboard storage, although the system has two microSD card slots, each supporting cards up to 256GB, which means that in theory you might be able to max out storage space at 528GB.
Anbernic says the system should be able to handle PSP, Dreamcast, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 64 and PlayStation 1 emulation. But with just 1GB of memory, it’s unclear how well it’ll be able to handle more demanding games. .
It’s also a bit unclear at this time what kind of software the device will ship with. I saw rumors that it supports both Android and Linux emuELEC operating system designed to emulate classic game consoles, and that the RG503 can even boot both operating systems. But with just 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, it’s not clear the RG503 has what it takes to deliver a decent Android experience in 2022.
Other specs include a 3,500mAh battery which Anbernic claims provides up to 6 hours of battery life, two USB Type-C ports, a micro HDMI port, headphone jack, and stereo speakers. The handheld supports WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 4.2 and is available in black, blue or gunmetal grey, all covered in a “metallic” paint finish.
Update: Here is a Retro Game Corps in-depth video reviewwhich examines the design, features and gameplay:
Going through Obscure handhelds
This article was first published on April 20, 2022 and updated on April 23, 2022 when Anbernic started taking orders for the RG503.