It looks like a SNES controller with a screen in the middle, but this right here is, in fact, the perfect platform for mobile gaming. With an ergonomic design that feels absolutely nostalgic to hold, and controllers on each side that let you navigate your games like you would on an Xbox, PlayStation, or Switch, the Anbernic RG353P retro handheld is a versatile gaming device that allows you to play both Android and Linux games. It’s got an operating system that’s both Android 11 and Linux-compatible, giving you the ability to play a vast library of Android-based games on it, along with support for emulators and apps that let you squeeze the most out of the device.
There’s something truly comforting about the RG353P’s design. Sitting wonderfully in your adult palms the way a SNES controller would in the same teenage palms, the RG353P feels like a modern classic. It comes with the D-Pad and action buttons, as well as two joysticks, four shoulder buttons, and even two MicroSD card slots for expanding its 32GB internal storage to up to 512GB. It also offers 2.4/5G Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity, making it easy to connect to other devices.
Available in grey and translucent black versions, the Anbernic RG353P is a compact little device with a 3.5-inch IPS touchscreen (and a 640×480 resolution) that runs both Android 11 as well as Linux on its quad-core 64-bit RK3566 processor with built-in LPDDR4 2GB RAM for a pretty buttery-smooth experience. That’s also including the fact that the RG353P doesn’t have apps running in the background the way your phone does.
On the inside, a 3500mAh battery gives the RG353P a solid 6 hours of gaming time, allowing you to play all your favorite Android games or even popular GameBoy, PSP, SNES, NES, and Atari Lynx titles through emulators (with support for loads of other consoles). Built-in speakers offer high-quality sound, although there’s even a 3.5mm headphone jack for hooking a pair of earphones to the RG353P for that nostalgic backseat-gaming-while-parents-are-talking touch. Ah, the good old days!