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You can now pre-order the SMACH Z gaming handheld

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Remember the SMACH Z? [Official Site] The portable Ryzen-powered gaming handheld that comes with either their Linux-based SMACH OS or Windows 10, well it's now up for pre-order. Selecting a SMACH Z unit with Windows 10 does add around £80.10 to the cost, so it will be interesting to see how many opt for the Linux unit.

Not that we suggest pre-ordering anything, but it's interesting to see that the project is still apparently very much alive. If it does get even reasonably positive reviews, it could end up proving to be a very interesting device for Linux gaming on the go. As someone who also owns a Nintendo Switch, I certainly understand how handy such a portable can be.

It comes in three models, the SMACH Z, SMACH Z PRO and the SMACH Z ULTRA. Here's the tech specs:

  • AMD Ryzen™ V1605B with AMD Radeon™ Vega 8 Graphics
  • 4/8/16 GB DDR4 2133MHz SODIMM
  • 64/128/256 GB HD SSD m.2
  • FullHD Touchscreen 6” 1920x1080
  • Camera 5 Megapixels (PRO & ULTRA only)
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/d/e/h/i & Bluetooth v2.1+EDR/v3.0/v3.0HS/v4.0
  • USB-C, USB-A, Micro USB, Display Port, SD card, Audio minijack
  • Charger USB-C 20V 3A 60W. Plug EU/US/UK/AU
  • SMACH OS Linux based distribution

You can slightly customize the build as well, so you can adjust the RAM, storage space, camera and the operating system.

On top of that, you can also get the optional "Z-PADS", which stick onto the haptic touch pads (although they don't seem to be on their store yet):

They say it will be available in "Q4 of 2018". However, there's been talk of it being some sort of scam, so I do urge you to be careful as always. I really hope it isn't…

What do you think to it? Let us know in the comments.

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Arehandoro 27 Apr, 2018
I really hope it succeeds. The idea of having a "Switch" with all my Linux games is very appealing. If people buy enough of them and gets momentum other companies might join with more models and version. Still think is pretty expensive though.
Jau 27 Apr, 2018
Did anyone compared V1605B with TX1 or TX2 ?

They both accept Linux kernel and Vulkan. Not the same CPU architecture but I'm wondering if it is really this great... especially to play AAA in 1080p.
Shmerl 27 Apr, 2018
Good to see them using DisplayPort and not HDMI.
Dunc 27 Apr, 2018
Oof. It ain't cheap, is it? Although I suppose a decent gaming PC in a handheld form factor was never going to be. Dammit, the mid-range one is clearly superior to my desktop rig (and even the low-end one is arguable, given the CPU, despite its lack of RAM).

I'd love one, even if it turns out to be a failure, but the bank account says no.

(Edit: definite articles matter.)


Last edited by Dunc on 27 April 2018 at 3:52 pm UTC
ElectricPrism 27 Apr, 2018
As much as I would love to own one of these. 1k jeezus.

Although im sure people with lots of extra money who are bored will gladly grab one.
kazriko 27 Apr, 2018
After all of the false starts, I'm waiting to see proof of shipped working units before I buy. I'm definitely wanting to buy it though. It would be much better than the Intel graphics in the GPDWin2.
Asu 27 Apr, 2018
hah playing dota 2 on the move. Now you don't need to put it down even on the toilet...
Alrighty, gimme one! haha
slaapliedje 27 Apr, 2018
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Quoting: GuestSeems a bit over priced to me especially now that you can dual boot Linux on the switch.
Two things 1) with the reported specs has better hardware than the Switch. 2) Switch is ARM based, so non-opensouce games won't work.

But yes, I agree... too overpriced.
lucinos 27 Apr, 2018
Is there a review or any info about SMASH OS other than it is linux-based?
Mountain Man 27 Apr, 2018
They're not going to sell many at that price, especially not from an unproven developer.
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