OneXPlayer Mini Pro Handheld Gaming PC brings out the big guns to challenge Steam Deck

If you haven’t had a chance to get your hands on one yet, Valve’s Steam Deck is a pretty cool gaming device that has become very popular. It does have its flaws though – its haptic rumble is weak, its display is lackluster and there’s only one USB port on board. As such, OneXPlayer is probably hoping you’ll find these shortcomings enough to consider its new Mini Pro instead.

Just like the Steam Deck, GPD Win, AyaNeo and various other devices, the new OneXPlayer Mini Pro is a handheld PC meant for gaming. However, it is quite a bit more powerful, at least on paper. Its Ryzen 7 6800U CPU has eight Zen 3+ CPU cores that can accelerate up to 4.7GHz, and its RDNA 2 GPU is 50% larger than that of the Steam Deck – never mind that it’s 2.2 GHz can increase to almost twice the clock rate.
expected game performance on Onexplayer Mini Pro
The kind of gaming performance you can expect from the Mini Pro, according to OneXPlayer.

The performance advantages over the Steam Deck don’t stop there. The OneXPlayer Mini Pro’s storage is your choice of 16 or 32 GB LPDDR5 at 6400 MT/s – much faster than the deck’s 5500 MT/s. For storage, you get a full M.2 2280 PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD slot, and the base option is a 512GB SSD, but you can upgrade the machine with a 1TB or 2TB instead -Buy a PCIe 4.0 SSD.
Connectivity onexplayer mini pro

The standout specs are the ones that really show off the Steam Deck. These include the screen, which is a 7-inch IPS LCD with a resolution of 1920 × 1200 and 100% sRGB coverage, and the external connectivity: a pair of USB 4 ports and a single USB 3.0 Type A connection. Having this box-shaped Type A connector on the machine is very convenient for connecting flash drives and similar devices.

There’s also the presence of rumble, which should beat the deck’s weak feel thanks to compact HD linear motors. OneXPlayer also addressed complaints about the quality of its analog sticks on previous models by replacing the current model’s sticks with Hall Effect joysticks, which should offer improved accuracy and reliability.

onexplayer mini pro custom lighting
It has RGB LED lighting because of course it does.

Compared to the Steam Deck, you miss the touchpads, and OneXPlayer doesn’t mention any touch functionality on its screen either. There’s also all the fancy SteamOS 3.0 features the deck offers – although there’s probably nothing stopping you from installing SteamOS 3.0 (or a custom build like holoiso) on your OneXPlayer, considering the hardware is very similar.

onexplayer mini pro cooling
Awkward cropping job courtesy of OneXPlayer, not us.

The real downsides are the battery life and the price. Due to its slimmer dimensions, the OneXPlayer Mini Pro only packs a 48Wh battery – larger than the Nintendo Switch, but still smaller than that of the Steam Deck. OneXPlayer says the battery lasts “10 hours of video, 2.5 hours of full-load gaming,” but that certainly depends a lot on what game you’re playing.

onexplayer mini pro pricing table
Pricing table for the OneXPlayer Mini Pro.

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At least if you pre-order you will get some cool accessories.

As for price, check out $1199 for the base model with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD for storage. That’s quite a premium over Steam Deck, which starts at $400. However, if you’re excited about the machine, you can pre-order it starting tomorrow through October 7 with a $50 deposit. This will get you a final price of $919, which is $200 off, and you’ll get the pre-order bundle gifts pictured above. According to the manufacturer, orders will be carried out on October 15th.

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