First Official Look: RG351

Pictured: early mockup of the RG351 from June 2020

An official trailer for the Anbernic RG351 was released yesterday, and features some concrete details on this upcoming device. There have been several leaked and early look pictures of the device, but this is what we know so far, based on the video below:

CPU: RK3326 @ 1.5 GHz
RAM: 1GB DDR3L
Internal storage: 32GB (likely an indication that the RG351 will ship with a 32GB internal microSD card)
Screen: 3.5″ IPS with 320×480 resolution
Connectivity: OTG and WiFi support
Battery: 3500 mAh, 8 hour battery life
Colors: dark gray, white, purple
Systems supported: NES, SNES, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 64, PSP, PS1, Arcade/MAME, Sega Genesis

What I’ll find most interesting is what sort of firmware it will support. If this device is a clone of the ODROID-GO Advance models that use this same CPU, then we can expect another Linux-based architecture framework. As it stands, the OGA clones can have several different firmware types installed, to include EmulationStation (the default firmware), EmuElec, Batocera Linux, and Retro Arena OS. On the other hand, emulator support is not comprehensive for each of these firmware setups; for example, as far as I can tell EmulationStation on the OGA supports PSP gameplay, but not N64, while EmuElec supports N64 but not PSP.

So what this means is that getting this system up and running may not be very user-friendly; but on the flipside, you could have several different internal SD cards to swap around and change the gameplay experience.

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