PowKiddy X18 review: Handheld Game Player with OS Android 7

PowKiddy X18 review: Handheld Game Player with OS Android 7

The Chinese company PowKiddy introduced a new multifunctional handheld game player – PowKiddy X18.

PowKiddy X18 largely repeats the design of the game console GPD XD, has a 5.5-inch display and is equipped with an inexpensive quad-core MediaTek MT8163 processor.

PowKiddy X18 Multifunctional Handheld Game Player

Price: 124.99 $

5.5-inch IPS-screen, 1280x720 pixels, Battery 5500 mAh, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB ROM, MediaTek MT8163

PowKiddy X18 Multifunctional Handheld Game Player

Price: 124.99 $

5.5-inch IPS-screen, 1280x720 pixels, Battery 5500 mAh, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB ROM, MediaTek MT8163

PowKiddy X18 Multifunctional Handheld Game Player

Price: 120.89 $

5.5-inch IPS-screen, 1280x720 pixels, Battery 5500 mAh, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB ROM, MediaTek MT8163

PowKiddy X18 Multifunctional Handheld Game Player

Price: 120.89 $

5.5-inch IPS-screen, 1280x720 pixels, Battery 5500 mAh, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB ROM, MediaTek MT8163

PowKiddy X18: Specifications

ModelX18
OSAndroid 7.0
Display5.5-inch IPS-screen, resolution 1280x720 pixels
CPUMTK 8163 Quad core A53 64bit 1.3GHz
GPUArm Mali-T720
RAM2GB
ROM16GB
Network IEEE 802.11.b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
Interface5pin USB2.0 interface, headphone jack 3.5mm, HDMI
Battery5000mAh, 5V/2A
Size145 x 87 x 24 mm
Weight300 grams

 

PowKiddy X18 review: Handheld Game Player with OS Android 7

PowKiddy X18: Package Contents

Game Player PowKiddy X18 comes in a cardboard box of 21.00 x 15.00 x 4.00 cm and weighing 450 grams.

The box is all black, only on the top cover, in the middle, there is a white triangle marking. On the back is a sticker with the main data.

In the package are:

  • Game Player X18
  • Chinese and English Manual
  • Data cable

PowKiddy X18 review: Handheld Game Player with OS Android 7

PowKiddy X18: Design

The PowKiddy X18 handheld game console has a clamshell style design that allows you to fold the device in half when you are not using it. The upper part contains a 5.5-inch screen, the lower part of the device is used for gaming buttons, analog sticks, and speakers.

PowKiddy X18 review: Handheld Game Player with OS Android 7

PowKiddy X18 and GPD XD are very similar, but the shape of the X18 is cooler. When the X18 is folded and stored, you can see that the top cap has a red triangular marking and a three-dimensional embossed design. In addition, in the lower part of the fuselage, there is a metal perforated metal plate to protect the speaker, which is just as impressive as the appearance of the handle for e-sports.

PowKiddy X18 review: Handheld Game Player with OS Android 7

After you open X18, you will see that it is very similar to GPD XD. It uses the same button configuration as the Xbox One and places the function keys in the center. Although both devices use the analog stick of the Japanese manufacturer ALPS, the analog stick of the GPD XD does not have the function of the buttons, so the R3 and L3 are replaced by separate buttons located inside the analog stick, and the X18 does not.

PowKiddy X18 review: Handheld Game Player with OS Android 7

Appearance PowKiddy X18 with a small power of eSports.

At first glance, this is a bit like a mini-version of a laptop for e-sports.

PowKiddy X18 review: Handheld Game Player with OS Android 7

In the lower part of the case, there is a red hole for perforation, adding to the style of eSports.

PowKiddy X18 review: Handheld Game Player with OS Android 7

 

The configuration of the buttons on the X18 is about the same as that of the GPD XD, but the function keys are more different.

PowKiddy X18 review: Handheld Game Player with OS Android 7

A microSD card reader and HDMI, USB and other connectors are located at the top of the fuselage, the composite headphone/microphone connector at the bottom of the fuselage.

The size of the PowKiddy X18 is not too large, only 145.0 x 145.0 x 24.0 mm, and the body weight is only 300 grams, which is quite small. X18 is comfortable to hold in your hands, and due to its low weight, you can play for a long time without the fatigue of your hands.

PowKiddy X18 review: Handheld Game Player with OS Android 7

PowKiddy X18: Performance

Under the hood of the PowKiddy X18 is the MediaTek MT8163 processor, which has four cores Cortex-A53 with a clock speed of just 1.3 GHz and a Mali-T720 graphics processor. It is equipped with 2 GB of RAM LPDDR3 and 16 GB of storage memory. If necessary, the memory can be expanded using a microSD memory card.

PowKiddy X18 review: Handheld Game Player with OS Android 7

The PowKiddy X18 console runs on Android 7.1. Therefore, it supports a large number of games for Android, and players can also install various simulators, bringing more flexible use of space and practical value.

The PowKiddy X18 screen uses a 5.5-inch IPS panel with a resolution of 1280 x 720. It supports capacitive 5-point touch and can output audio and video signals via composite HDMI connectors and headphones/microphone. The communication function supports Wi-Fi 4 (IEEE). 802.11 a / b / g / n) Wireless network with Bluetooth 4.0 and 5000 mAh battery.

PowKiddy X18 review: Handheld Game Player with OS Android 7

From the point of view of the specification, if you want to run ordinary casual games for Android through PowKiddy X18, you should not have too many problems, but the performance may be insufficient for masterpieces.

PowKiddy X18 review: Handheld Game Player with OS Android 7

PowKiddy X18: Price

The biggest advantage of the PowKiddy X18 is that the price is relatively low. Currently, the official site does not indicate the price of the product, but the price for the Gearbest is $ 124.99.

For comparison, the old GPD XD model equipped with  SoC Rockchip RK3288 costs about $ 160, and the updated version of the GPD XD 2018 equipped with a MediaTek MT8176 SoC costs more than $ 200. If you do not want to immediately buy the updated GPD XD 2018, to open the performance gap, if you choose the old GPD XD model, then it is better to choose the PowKiddy X18, which is 30% cheaper.

PowKiddy X18 Multifunctional Handheld Game Player

Price: 124.99 $

5.5-inch IPS-screen, 1280x720 pixels, Battery 5500 mAh, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB ROM, MediaTek MT8163

PowKiddy X18 Multifunctional Handheld Game Player

Price: 124.99 $

5.5-inch IPS-screen, 1280x720 pixels, Battery 5500 mAh, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB ROM, MediaTek MT8163

PowKiddy X18 Multifunctional Handheld Game Player

Price: 120.89 $

5.5-inch IPS-screen, 1280x720 pixels, Battery 5500 mAh, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB ROM, MediaTek MT8163

PowKiddy X18 Multifunctional Handheld Game Player

Price: 120.89 $

5.5-inch IPS-screen, 1280x720 pixels, Battery 5500 mAh, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB ROM, MediaTek MT8163

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