GPD XD Plus / XD+ Review – Android Gaming Tablet with a 3DS Clamshell Design
This is an android device that feels a lot like a Nintendo. 3Ds it’s got a great controller on it and it runs a bulk of the Android library, including many of the retro video game, emulators that I love to play and it’s very portable. It with the clamshell design here and it’s just really been a kind of a knockout product. For me, I really enjoy playing with it over the couple of years that I have owned it and the other day GPD reached out and said hey. Would you like to check out our new version of this GPD XD? This is called the XD plus and it looks almost identical to the old one here. This is the plus, and this is the original, but they’ve done some things inside to make it a lot better. There’S been some improvements here that we’ll cover in this video, so you can see what the new one will bring into the mix I’m. Also going to answer some questions that some of you posted on my extras channel when I unbox this last week as well. So hopefully I will get all of your questions answered and if I don’t I’ll leave me a comment down below and we’ll try to cover them in a follow up video. Now I do want to let you know in the interest of full disclosure that I purchased. The original GPD XD with my own funds but GPD, reached out to me and provided this one free of charge.
However, nobody is paying for this review. All the opinions you’re about to hear are my own and nobody has reviewed this content before I uploaded it. So let’s get into it, starting with the hardware and then we’ll see how this new version performs, as they say, it’s not what’s on the outside that counts, but what’s on the inside, and there is certainly a lot more going on inside on this new version. It’S got an MT K, 81 76 processor versus the rack ship that the other one had as you’ll see in a few minutes. When we get to our benchmarks, it is a little faster. It also has more RAM 4 gigabytes of RAM now vs. 2 on the old one. The base model here now will have 32 gigabytes of internal storage versus 16 on the old version and the SD card slot on this one will support up to 128 gigabytes I’m. Also happy with the Wi Fi support. It’S got AC wireless support, which is going to be great for in home, game streaming and movie watching and that kind of stuff, so you’ve got faster liable to you now. It also supports Bluetooth and you’ll, see me playing around with one of my 8 bit dough controllers in a few minutes. So you’ve got that as an option which you did not have on the old one. So they’ve made some decent improvements here, right off the bat and not only with performance but also it’s supported radios.
It supports Android seven. In fact, this one is running Android, seven right now. I think the latest update that my old one got was like Android 4.4. I don’t think they ever got a lollipop update out for this one so nice to see that it is supporting Android 7. Although disappointing that these companies never really update the OS after their devices come out, but I do hope – maybe they’ve got some upgrade path here. For newer versions of Android as they become available, this also supports 64 bit apps, which the old one did not and that’s going to be important for some of the higher end game, emulators that you might want to try on this and try, it will be the Operative word, as we work our way through the rest of the review. Ten point: eight ounces are about 306 grams. I did find the battery life to be a little better on this one, primarily because I think it’s processor is more efficient at video kinds of applications. Like video decoding and game streaming and that kind of thing, so I think if you’re not taxing it too hard, you should see about average tablet kind of battery life to it, probably about I know six or seven hours for that kind of activity. If you’re using a game, emulator I’ve got the pp, SPP emulator here the PSP emulator. This kind of stuff will certainly tax the battery more and you will get less life out of it and it’s going to vary based on what kind of load you’re putting the processor under.
But overall, you I’ve been able to get some decent gaming done here. Even with some of the higher end, emulators and I’ve been very pleased with it. It’S standby time is also much better. I’Ve often come out to my XD here, after leaving it alone for a day or two and seeing it completely depleted. This one has been standing by a little better than the old one did, so that was great. It really feels the same in the hand. It really has no differing feel with its controller here. The sticks feel about the same, my gripe with the original, which is that the sticks, don’t click – is still a gripe here. They do have buttons on the side here to get you that stick click. So if you want to click, stick you’ve got to push this button down and, of course, you’ve got the problem of pushing down the button while moving the stick at the same time. So for some games you might be streaming to it. That could be an issue. This was the same problem on the old one. The directional pad feels a little better than the old one. Did I found the old pad to be a little squishy? This one feels a little firmer, but not tremendously so so, if you are not a fan of the d pad before this one is a little better but not dramatically improved. There is some more travel to the buttons.
There is more room for them to get pushed down here, so that was an improvement that I saw. But overall, the differences here on the controller are very, very subtle. The display looks to me about the same it’s, a 720p display it’s about 5 inches, so it’s pretty much the same display as before and 720p on a display. This this large looks pretty good actually, and I found it to be a great resolution for playing a lot of these retro games on so I’ve been pleased with it on the old one and continued to be pleased with it on this new one here, let’s take A look on the back here and see what we’ve got again similar button layout as the old one. The same clickable shoulder buttons here. So you’ve got your shoulder button and a trigger button here, maybe vice versa. You know what I’m talking about right here. We’Ve got an SD card slot for putting in that micro sd card I’ve got one in there right now. As you can see, it sits flush to the device. This is where you charge it. It is still micro USB and not USB C charges up at a 2 amp charge rate, so typical tablet kind of charging here is your hdmi output. I’Ll show you some examples of how that works. In a few minutes, you can plug it into a television. If you want, it did not work with my 4k samsung TV over there, but it did work on my PC gaming monitor.
This might just be an issue with this pre release: hardware that they’ll probably address as they get closer to final release, but you can hook it up to an external display there’s a little bit of a penalty and lag on that very minimal and I’ll talk about That when we get to the input lag test and then over here, you’ve got your headphone jack here for plugging in external headphones, so overall again very similar in feel. But there are some improvements under the hood that we will be exploring right now as we get into its performance. So we’re going to kick things off with the pp SPP and you which is of course the PSP emulator for Android and we’re running burnout. Legends here and I’ve been able to get frame rates at around 30 frames per second. As you can see, this is the HDMI output right now and it seems to be working okay, but I am finding that it’s not maintaining a consistent frame rates, although I’m getting 30 frames per second most of the time it will kind of drop down every once In a while and give me a little bit of lag, nothing that really interferes with gameplay too much, but definitely not as smooth as it might be, on a more powerful device, but nonetheless it is working pretty nicely here, as you can see so that’s, not too Bad now, one game that’s always been tough to emulate, is god of war it’s, probably the most demanding PSP game.
There is, and, as you can see here, we’re not doing all that great on the frames per second, maybe getting 25 frames per second tops, but not a lot of consistent performance. It did try to turn down some of the settings here to get the frame rate up, but this is about the best that was able to coax out of it. Perhaps some of you have some other suggestions for this, but this game has always been tough and remain so on this. So I would probably stick to some of the lower end PSP games on this particular handheld. Now one emulator that did not run at all on the old console does run here. This is the dolphin emulator, the GameCube emulator and, as you can see, we’re getting frame rates at almost 40 frames per second running burnout to here which isn’t too bad for a device of this stature. But I don’t think it’s perfect. Yet for GameCube emulation, as you can hear, the audio is kind of breaking up a bit. Also. I was hearing some of that audio break up on the ppsspp emulator too. So the higher end, emulators, are still going to stress. The hardware here, but burn out to at least does seem to work on this let’s check out another game. So here is waverace and this one doesn’t fare as well about 15 to 20 frames per second. So may be playable, but not spectacular here so again, I don’t think you’re going to get into some of the higher end stuff.
With this console, which I was hoping you might be able to get into, but it will be a game by game basis once I think you go beyond stuff like the ps1 and the Dreamcast and the Tendo 64 for examples. So it is an improvement in overall horsepower and again some things can run that didn’t run at all before, but you’re not going to get some groundbreaking new emulator performance out of this device versus the old one. Unfortunately, now another thing that’s been dramatically improved on the XD plus is its ability to stream games from a PC and right now, I’m running the moonlight app here on the XD plus and streaming this from my gaming PC over the network. Now a couple of things are making this experience better here on the XD plus. The first is that it supports AC wireless, so you get a more reliable and faster connection, provided you have good signal strength, but the other thing that I’m doing right now is running this in the h.265 mode, which is a more efficient video codec, which means you Can get better quality images here with less bandwidth required, so I think I’m running at maybe I think 10 megabits per second right now, and it looks okay it’s a little bit of artifacts going on here. I can tweak that to improve the image quality, but the nice thing is: is that you’ll get a better quality image for less bitrate with this h.
265 codec, and that is supported in Hardware on the XD plus here. So combine the networking, along with the the h.265 and you’ll, have a much better experience than the old one could do. The old one could only support h.264 and it only supported 2.4 gigahertz wireless networks. Now I was always having a hard time getting a reliable game stream on the old device. The new one is remarkably better. Now the 3dmark ice storm extreme test. I got some interesting results here. If you look at the two graphics tests here, the GP dxd plus is about 50 faster than the prior Edition device is, but the physics core is about the same, which means that we have a faster GPU in here, but the CPU is running at pretty much. The same rate as the old one, and that will certainly make an impact on some of those higher end emulators that not only want graphics performance but need that CPU performance too mu late, the old hardware, so that was very telling there, the GPD XD, the original. Could not run the higher end, 3dmark sling shot test, but the new one here ken. So we did run that one as well and there we got a score of 1000 on that test right on the money and you can see where this one comes in. Perhaps compared to the lenovo tab for 8, plus we looked at the other day, which was an 8 inch tablet.
It comes in around the same performance as that device does but check out the Nvidia shield k1, still the fastest Android portable device out there, at least, if you’re not buy an 8 an 800 smartphone that one’s square 3227, and you can see just how much more Powerful the k1 was unfortunately over something like this, but nonetheless this is a very convenient form factor because it is integrating the game controller into the mix. But if you curious about where it’s performing compared to other devices, I think these two benchmarks give us a very good idea of that and another area where there’s been some improvement on the xt plus, is, with its input, lag for its built in game controller. Now your measurements are going to vary based on what you’re running on the device. Some emulators will introduce their own amount of lag to the mix, for example, and something like we just did with pc game streaming is also going to impact performance. But if you were to load up an android app on here and push the button and see how quickly it responds to that, you will get a slightly faster response rate here, so the GPD XD plus, was getting around 82 92 milliseconds. Between the time that i pushed the button and something registering on screen compared that to about a hundred to 120 milliseconds on the original XD, i was using a game controller testing app, which I’ll put a link to in the video description for this, and that was The same app running on both devices and we were doing about 20 milliseconds better with the XD plus vs.
the XD. So there’s been some improvement here and in fact this is a very good score for an Android device. Typically, there’s more input lag on Android devices than what I’m seeing on this one. So I don’t know, if maybe Google did some adjustments to the OS or me. Bgp DS got a better strategy for connecting the game controller to the device here. But overall the input lag was really pretty good on this one and it was better than the old one and better than many other Android devices that I have tested recently, including that fancy new Motorola phone with the hardware add on you can dock to it. This is doing much better than that did also so that was good to see on this. The HDMI output on here does add a little bit of additional lag I’m. Finding that it’s coming in around you know three to five milliseconds or so not substantial, but there is a little bit more attack time when you are connected up via the HDMI cable. So, overall, I am quite pleased with the XD plus and I think, if you’re looking at the XD or the plus, the plus is probably the way to go, even if it costs a little bit more money. You are getting more RAM built in here, more storage, a slightly faster processor and much better wireless support. You get that AC Wireless support which was lacking in the original, and you have actually working Bluetooth radio in here too, for connecting up additional controllers and other Bluetooth devices.
So, just on those metrics, I think this is a very nice upgrade and I don’t think it’ll cost all that much more than the original XD does, or did so that’s a good thing. But if you are looking to do some of the higher end emulators, I don’t think you’re going to get your expectations fulfilled here. It certainly is better at some of these things than the original was in fact the GameCube emulator didn’t run at all on the old one. It does run here on the new one, but the performance here is not going to rival some of those 800 smartphones. We looked at earlier in the year that at least get you up to 30 or 60 frames per second and have very playable experiences. You will have some playable experiences on here, but the frame rates will dip here and there and some games just will not run very well on this hardware. We haven’t yet cracked the sub 200 mark for this kind of emulation performance, but it will do better on the emulators that were kind of borderline on the XD, so the Dreamcast emulator raycast will do better here. The Nintendo 64. The Nintendo 64 ran ok on the XD, but with some broken up audio here or there, depending on the emulator you were running. It does have some improvements on this one due to the slightly faster hardware under the hood, but again not going to be a groundbreaking emulation experience.
It will be a little better than the last one, but again you’re going to still struggle with some of the higher end stuff, so that’s going to do it for the XD plus, and this is LAN siphon thanks for watching this channel is brought to you by The lon TV supporters, including gold level supporters with black item blues music, our podcast Chris alligretto, gerard Newberg and Kellyanne Kumar. If you want to help the channel you can, by contributing as little as a dollar a month head over to LAN TV, slash, support to learn more and don’t forget to subscribe visit.