GPD WIN GamePad - Game console for your pocket

by Timo7. January 2017
The GPD WIN GamePad from Shenzhen-based GamePad Digital is a pocket-sized game console. That does not sound too unusual at first. From Nintendo there is the well-known Gameboy since 1989, which was further developed up to the Nintendo DS and from Sony there is the well-known PSP. A handheld game console that is not a closed system, that can also be used with conventional Windows software, is more likely to be classified as a curious gadget.

GamePad Digital




CPU: Intel Cherry Trail Z8700
GPU: Intel HD Graphic

Display diagonal: 5.5 inches
Display resolution: 1280 x 720 pixels
Mulitouch: 5 fingers

Internal memory: 64GB
Memory extension: Yes

WiFi: 802.11a / b / g / n / ac
Bluetooth: Yes

1x USB Type-A
1x USB Type-C
1x Mini HDMI
1x 3.5mm headphones

OS: Windows 10
Battery: 3.8V / 6000mAh
Size: 15.50 x 9.70 x 2.20 cm
Weight: 300g


GPD WIN GamePad Test

Compact housing

The GPD WIN GamePad presents itself as Combination of tablet, notebook and game console. As operating system comes Windows 10 used, which ensures a wide range of uses. Visually, that reminds 15.50 x 9.70 x 2.20 cm big device to a notebook in miniature format. The weight is about 300 grams, If you open the handy device, appears 5.5 inch large in-cell OGS IPS display, The touchscreen and the protective glass surface are through the Full lamination technology connected together, whereby a very clear and colorful representation is achieved. The resolution of the display is 1280 x 720 pixels. The protective glass surface consists of Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

Keyboard and GamePad

In order to control games accordingly or make them playable at all, the GPD WIN has high quality ALPS analog sticks, a classic D-Pad, A / B / X / Y buttons and shoulder buttons, The switches are from Omron. All controls known from a traditional GamePad are available. Furthermore, the GamePad is with a QWERTY keyboard which makes it a compact notebook. Depending on how you want to use the device, only a switch must be flipped to get the best possible configuration for the respective application.

Connection and transmission options

Also in terms of connectivity and connectivity, the small Windows game console is surprisingly well equipped. Over a Mini HDMI socket the device can be connected to a larger display. A USB Type-C female ensures fast data transfer. In addition there is one more USB Type-A female, The total 64GB large, internal memory can by means of a Micro SD memory card to be extended to more 128GB. All connections are placed on the back of the frame in such a way that they are easy to reach and at the same time do not impair operability. The wireless transmission is via Bluetooth 4.1 and WiFi (802.11a / b / g / n / ac), Dual-band WiFi is fully supported. On Headphone jack is present, as well as the device has a Microphone, A camera for video telephony is missing.

Powerful interior

To be able to use the GPD WIN GamePad also as a game console, is a powerful one Intel Cherry Trail Z8700 processor installed. The clock rate of this quad-core processor is at maximum 1.6 GHz per core. A dedicated graphics card is of course not built, which is why on the integrated Intel HD processor graphics is used. The entire system is additional 4GB memory to the side. The capacity of the battery is 6.000mAh.

gaming capabilities

Intel Atom processor are not among the fastest processors and are only partially suitable for playing. Blockbuster titles with bombastic graphics are of course not fluently playable. However, the GPD GamePad is suitable for many Source Engine titles from CS: GO to Dota 2 to Payday 2. One of the interesting options is the Emulation older game consoles, No matter whether N64, Nintendo DS or PSP games, all console classics and also current handheld titles, to which there is an emulator, can be played smoothly on the device. XBOX One Streaming is also supported by Windows 10.



From a price point of view, the console is not a bargain. For about 320 € you still get a multifunctional usable device, which is not just a curious gadget. Just the possibility to run all emulators of past game consoles on this device makes you want more! It remains to be seen, however, whether the handheld can convince in test reports and not only leaves a fantastic impression on the data sheet.

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Hey, does the Dolphin Emulator or Ishiiruka Dolphin also work on the part? I'm looking for something clever to gamble even demanding games (Wii, 3DS, Gamecube, PSX / PS2 ...). From the size and the hardware I would like the handheld super good.


Hello SMario, yes the GPD WIN handheld is able to emulate with Dolphin games executable. On YouTube there are some videos about Gamecube games like Super Mario Sunshine (25-30fps) or Zelda Wind Waker. Most use Dolphin 5.0, because Ishiiruka Dolphin on the GPD WIN is a bit buggy and does not run so smoothly. It may be that you have to do some fine tuning to make Dolphin run smoothly. Emulators like PCSX2 etc. are also executable.


Great thank you! I looked at some videos and Super Mario Sunshine runs really well on the handheld. In general, GameCube titles are neat, as long as you look at the videos and comments on YouTube. Thanks again for the tip with the other emu's. I did not have it on the screen: D ...