The Anbernic RG556 gaming handheld has been unveiled. The new model is seen as a rival to the Retroid Pocket 4 gaming handheld and comes with some decent features. It is a relatively powerful gaming handheld and comes with hall effect triggers, joysticks, as well as a gyroscope.
Launch Details and Design
The launch details for the Anbernic RG556 are coming on the heels of the revelation of the PS2 emulation and Android gaming performance levels. The RG556 was the subject of a recent leak but Anbernic confirmed that the model will not be available in a white colorway but rather black and translucent blue options. The earlier leak had pointed to a glossy white finish for the RG556. The new gaming handheld features either 128GB or 256GB MicroSD card options.
The Anbernic RG556 is equipped with a 5.48-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. It has a Unisoc T820 chipset with 8GB LPDDR4x RAM. The new Anbernic gaming handheld comes with a 5,500mAh battery and weighs 331g. It has dimensions of 223 x 90 x 15mm. The Anbernic RG556 features hall effect triggers, hall effect joysticks, and a six-axis gyroscope for a solid compact gaming experience. The handheld will compete against the Retroid Pocket 4 and bear similarities in many aspects. The Retroid Pocket 4 is however slightly more powerful than the Anbernic RG556.
Features and Connectivity
The RG556 gaming handheld runs on Android 13 and can connect to an external display via its single USB-C port. The USB-C port also serves as the charging port for the handheld and for connecting an external display using the DisplayPort Alt Mode protocol.
Pricing & Availability
The Anbernic RG556 is being sold at $174.99 for the barebones model and up to $204.99 for the top MicroSD card option. The earliest deliveries of the new gaming handheld will be around March 5, 2024.