Hot off the heels of the successful RG505, Anbernic is back with the super-budget Anbernic RG35XX.
The new console appears as an attempt to capitalize on the success of the Miyoo Mini – it’s small, cheap, and uses low-cost tech. For those looking for high-end power, this ain’t it. But if you’re after something fun that fits in your pocket that won’t break the bank? Anbernic may be onto something here.
What Is the Anbernic RG35XX?
Coming in at just 4.6 inches in length, this is one of Anbernic’s smaller consoles. I’m not sure how many times I can compare it with the Miyoo Mini, but the design clearly takes its cues from the ever-popular handheld.
It’s worth noting, this console isn’t designed to play anything high-end. Up to PS1 is surely where this thing will cap out. And even then, given the internals and lack of an analog stick, PS1 may be pushing it. That said, the original PS1 only housed 2MB of RAM, so in theory, the RG35XX should be more than capable of running anything from the PS1 and below.
Anbernic RG35XX Specifications
The specs of the RG35XX aren’t anything to get excited over, and that’s totally fine. This thing isn’t going to be playing AAA titles or GameCube anytime soon, nor is it intended to. For what Anbernic is selling this as, the specs are more than enough to offer clean emulation.
That’s on paper, of course. How the operating system will handle running emulators we won’t know until people have gone hands-on. But in theory, yeah, this should be enough to play up to PS1 without many problems.
- Screen: 3.5 inch IPS
- CPU: Quad-core ARM Cortex-A9
- GPU: Quad-core PowerVR SGX54M
- RAM: 256MB (DDR3)
- Storage: 64GB
- Operating System: Linux
- Expansion Slot: Two expandable SD slots – up to 512GB
- Battery: 2100 mAh – around five hours
- Size: 4.6 inches by 3.1 inches
- Weight: 165 grams
What Can the RG35XX Emulate?
As is always the case, we need to wait and see what the RG35XX is capable of. If we’re going by the specs, though, we can theorize fairly accurately what the console should be able to emulate.
Up to PS1 is where we expect this device to tap out. As mentioned above, the PS1 shipped with just 2MB of RAM, so the onboard 256MB of RAM should be more than capable of emulation alongside what’s needed for the operating system.
- Sony: PS1
- Nintendo: Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, SNES, NES
- Sega: Master System, Game Gear, Genesis/Mega Drive
- Misc: Arcade, PC Engine
RG35XX Price Info and Availability
From the Anbernic website, the RG35XX is available for order now, with the cheapest model coming in at $49.99/£45.84, and is available in three colors: White, purple, and grey.
If you order directly through the Anbernic site, you can also save $6 off the current price, though it’s not clear how long this offer will be on.
- RG35XX with 64GB SD card: $49.99/£45.84
- RG35XX with 64GB and 128GB SD cards: $70.99/£53.84