Video game emulation has always been a never-ending hobby for many (and an absolute passion for some), and throughout the years we’ve seen some neat and creative ways to achieve near-perfect console emulation through the use of software, hardware, and oftentimes a combination of both. As such, retro system maker “Anbernic” (a brand known to many in emulation communities and forums) has announced a new portable handheld system in the form of the Anbernic RG353P, which the manufacturer claims can emulate several older game consoles like the PlayStation and Nintendo 64, and additionally can dual-boot either into Android and Linux.
The system comes with a design that’s reminiscent of the Super Nintendo controller, complete with grey and purple hues (although a dark transparent variant is also available), and features a 3.5-inch IPS touchscreen panel with a 640 x 480p resolution, and a 1.8 GHz Rockchip RK3566 quad-core ARM Cortex-A55 processor with Mali-G52 MP2 graphics. The handheld also comes with a full array of controls, such as Start and Select Buttons, a D-pad, A, B, X, Y face buttons, shoulder and trigger buttons, analog sticks, as well as ports for data and charging.
The bottom of the device also comes with bottom-firing stereo speakers, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Inside, the RG353P comes with 32GB of internal storage, and runs on Android 11. There’s also a micro-SD card inside which will allow users to dual-boot into Linux, although there is a secondary slot for expandable storage. Of course, the handheld will have support for WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity.
All of this is powered by a 3,500 mAh battery, which according to Anbernic will be able to provide up to six hours’ worth of battery life. While it’s not out for sale yet, it is available for pre-order, so interested users and emulation enthusiasts will be able to (eventually) get their hands on the RG353P for around $130.