Anbernic RG503 Released, a New Retro Handheld Console with 5-inch OLED Screen


The RG503 is a new retro handheld from Anbernic. The model is said to have a fairly high-resolution OLED display and a new SoC. Image output is possible. The system is based on the RK3566, which has four Cortex A55 cores with speeds of up to 1.8 GHz. According to Obscure Handhelds, this is the first use of the RK3566 in a portable handheld. According to the technical data, the size of the main memory is only one gigabyte, which could actually be quite a limitation. The internal memory measures 16 gigabytes, regardless of the model variant selected. A memory card slot is available.

The Anbernic RG503, which measures 19 x 8.4 centimeters and is 2.1 centimeters thick, weighs around 235 grams. An OLED display with a screen diagonal of 4.95 inches is used as the screen, with a resolution of 960 x 544 pixels. The OLED panel comes from Samsung. This game console is equipped with a Rockchip RK3566 processor, which uses a quad-core Cortex-A55 CPU architecture and a Mali-G52 graphics core. By the standard of 2022, the performance is relatively backward. In addition, it is equipped with a 4.95-inch OLED display with a resolution of 960*544, which is also not very colorful.

The Anbernic RG503 has built-in 1GB of LPDDR4 running memory and 16GB of eMMc storage, and provides 2 TF card slots, each of which supports Micro SD cards up to 256GB. Ambernick said that this handheld can run emulators of PSP, Dreamcast, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 64, PS1 and other platforms, but the memory is only 1GB, so it is really uncertain how the actual experience will be.

Anbernic RG503  can run Android and emuELEC system based on Linux platform, the latter is specially used to run emulators and can run some classic handheld games. But for running the Android system, such a low-end configuration may be difficult to bring a smooth experience. This game console has a built-in 3500mAh lithium battery, which officially claims to provide 6 hours of game battery life. The fuselage is equipped with 2 USB-C ports, 1 Micro HDMI port, 1 3.5mm headphone jack, and built-in stereo speakers. In terms of network, it supports WiFi5 and Bluetooth 4.0.

Yes. That's the Anbernic RG503, a portable game console with an OLED screen. But the Anbernic RG503 has a feature I didn't expect from a device in this price range: an OLED screen. The handheld video game console has a 4.95-inch, 960 x 544 pixel OLED screen that Anbernic says is the same as the display panel used in the PlayStation Vita , a console that sold for $250 when it launched more than a decade ago ( that would be about $320 today when you factor in inflation).

The Anbernic RG503 is now available from the manufacturer in several color variants at prices starting at just under 150 dollars, with shipping from China - with the well-known disadvantages in the form of possible import duties and the difficult return shipment.

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