Retro lovers are already rubbing their hands with the new Powkiddy X18S laptop, a console that raises the power of these Chinese devices thanks to the integration of an Octa Core SoC UNISOC T618.
An SoC that leaves quite a distance in power to other chips traditionally used in this type of consoles, of which you can read our comparison and that allows to take a step forward in the emulation of consoles. It also has Android 11 as operating system and 4 GB of RAM. The Powkiddy X18S has a clamshell format, a 5.5″ screen and allows the emulation of DC, Gamecube, PSP, N64… As usual it includes software for key remapping and to control it we have a pair of gamepads, cross and various function keys.
It also seems that we would have access to the Google Play app store although it seems that we would need to install it manually according to the advertising.
SoC, RAM and Storage
The Powkiddy X18S integrates as its heart a Unisoc T618 Octa Core SoC that includes 2 high performance ARM Cortex-A75 processors capable of reaching 2.0 GHz, six ARM Cortex-A55 processors with a maximum speed of 2.0 GHz ARM and an ARM Mali-G52 MP3 GPU that reaches 850 Mhz.
We have 4 GB of RAM on the motherboard and an internal storage of 64 GB that we can expand with micro SD cards up to 512 GB thanks to the reader found on the back.
Display and other specifications
The touch screen of the Powkiddy X18S is a 5.5-inch IPS with a resolution of 1280×720 pixels and for wireless connectivity we have Wifi aC Dual Band and Bluetooth 5.0. The battery is 5000 mAh, but we have no news of its duration. Regarding connectors we have a 3.5 mm front audio jack, mini HDMI output, USB Type-C power port and micro SD card reader.
Price and availability
- The new Powkiddy X18S retro console can be purchased from the official Powkiddy store on AliExpress only for $209 / €178.88 with shipping and taxes included for Europe.