GamePad Digital (GPD) has confirmed that it is working on a new handheld gaming device that will be powered by AMD's Ryzen 7 6800U mobile APU. The new 6000 series Ryzen mobile APUs feature the latest Zen 3+ CPU micro-architecture as well as the all-new Radeon RDNA 2 graphics. The Ryzen 7 6800U comes with 8 cores and 16 threads and in terms of integrated graphics, it packs the full graphics chip dubbed the Radeon 680M that has 12 RDNA 2 compute units (CUs). AMD says it's twice as powerful as last gen Vega and evidence shows it easily keeps with entry-level mobile discrete graphics like the MX450.
Here is a teaser image of the upcoming GPD console with the 6800U. At a glance, the device looks like a GPD Pocket.
On paper at least, the internal hardware specifications on this upcoming GPD mini laptop completely blow the Steam Deck away. Here's a quick comparison of the two:
|Steam Deck||GPD with Ryzen 6800U|
|Processor||Custom 4 core/8 thread Zen 2 APU||8 core/16thread Zen 3+ APU|
|Graphics||8 RDNA 2 CUs up to 1.6GHz||680M with 12 RDNA 2 CUs up to 2.2GHz|
|Resolution||1280 x 800||2.5K (or 2560 X 1600 ?)|
GPD also says that the device will support eGPU or external GPU with the help of next-gen USB 4.0 support.
Valve, though, isn't sitting idle, and work on the next-gen Steam Deck 2 is already underway. But so far we only have minor details.
Source: GPD Game Consoles (Twitter)