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Looks like the Smach Z handheld gaming unit is getting an upgrade

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The Smach Z team attended this year's Gamescom and is appears they're not done tweaking this gaming handheld.

While all their current units available for pre-order house the AMD Ryzen V1605B and Radeon Vega 8 Graphics, they've taken it a step further to show off a more powerful Smach Z with the AMD Ryzen V1807B with Radeon Vega 11 Graphics. Not just that, it seems the max storage has been boosted up to 480GB and RAM up to 32GB. Overall, it seems like a pretty nice upgrade.

From the Press Release:

The new processor has 11 GPU cores, 3 more than the V1605B version, and a higher CPU frequency, passing from a base frequency of 2GHz of the V1605B one to 3.35GHz.

The SMACH Z runs demanding AAA PC games and with this improvement PC gamers can expect a better performance and enjoy a smoother gameplay on the go.

What remains unclear, is how much the more powerful unit will be and they've made no official announcements about it on their official site. The current units can still be pre-ordered on the official site.

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Thankfully, they still remain committed to keeping the device open to different systems, with either SMACH OS (Linux) or Windows.

Considering the current top-end "SMACH Z ULTRA" with SMACH OS comes in at £999, this new and improved unit could end up costing quite a bit more. The jump between the current models is about £200, so if they keep that theme going it could end up around £1,200. Whenever they do officially announce more details and pricing on the new model, we will let you know.

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tonyrh 23 August 2019 at 12:20 pm UTC
£1,200? Ok...
madpinger 23 August 2019 at 12:38 pm UTC
It's a tad pointless at those price-points imo :/
DaiKaiser93 23 August 2019 at 12:44 pm UTC
So I'm guessing they aren't done milking this scam?
elmapul 23 August 2019 at 3:30 pm UTC
ElectricPrism 23 August 2019 at 5:41 pm UTC
Whhhhhhhhhhhhhyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
Hori 23 August 2019 at 9:42 pm UTC
I might have been interested, but not anymore after seeing the price...

But you never know... if it releases before Brexit happens, then I can just wait a short while for the pound to drop enough until it's worth it xD
Windousico 23 August 2019 at 10:11 pm UTC
elmapulAccurate news:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9GzVekrIQA

YouTube - The Phawx Smach Z playlist



Last edited by Windousico at 23 August 2019 at 10:17 pm UTC
slaapliedje 23 August 2019 at 11:22 pm UTC
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This is something I would love to have, but that price is nuts. For 1200 bucks, I should be able to strap it to my Index and play games with a small pack. But something tells me it would not have the power.
SirLootALot 24 August 2019 at 4:53 am UTC
I don't get Linux consoles. They have none of the benefits of consoles (exclusives), none of the benefits of PCs (modularity) and none of the benefits of Linux (openness). Just as bad of an Idea as the Atari VCS.
slaapliedje 24 August 2019 at 2:50 pm UTC
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SirLootALotI don't get Linux consoles. They have none of the benefits of consoles (exclusives), none of the benefits of PCs (modularity) and none of the benefits of Linux (openness). Just as bad of an Idea as the Atari VCS.
It'd still have the openness of Linux, since it seems you can install whatever OS you want? Well maybe on the Smach Z.
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