Anbernic Win701 Is Another Attempt at a Windows Handheld

If the latest leak is to be believed, it looks like Anbernic is gearing up to launch another Windows handheld. 

Leaks happen a lot in this field, and they’re normally followed by a tiny reveal where we have to hunt for different bits of info. What do we know about the Anbernic Win701 so far? At the moment we’ve got an idea of what it’ll look like and what CPU it purports to house. 

According to YouTuber NITTRX, the Anbernic Win701 will come equipped with the Ryzen 7 7840U for its CPU. 

A design doc of the Anbernic Win701 showing a drawing from different angles.

How believable is that? Fairly. A lot of companies are moving to the Ryzen 7 7840U thanks to its sensible cost and high power. It’s the same chip thereabouts used in the ASUS ROG Ally, although the Ally’s Z1 Extreme CPU disables the AI profile of the chip.

What that means is the Anbernic Win701 has a solid amount of computing power and should be able to run Windows at up to 30 watts. The big question I’ve got is what will Anbernic use for the GPU? With the Win600,  Anbernic’s previous Windows handheld, the company went with AMD Radeon RX Vega 3 as the graphics solution to mixed results. It was fine, but in a market with the Steam Deck and the ROG Ally, Windows devices need to be powerful or at least offer something the big two aren’t. 

What do you think? Worth keeping an eye on or is the Anbernic Win701 a hard pass? Come shout at me on Twitter!

Images via RetroHandhelds and RetroDodo.

Wesley Copeland
Wesley Copeland

Wesley Copeland is a gaming, tech, and toys journalist with over 10 years of experience writing online. Originally starting in video games before specializing in tech and toys, you can find his bylines at IGN, VG24/7, Kotaku, Tech Radar, Games Radar, PC Gamer, Heavy, and many more. He's also highly passionate about how tech can be used to better our day-to-day lives.