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Retroid has announced the latest model of its Retroid Pocket Pocket handheld, the Retroid Pocket 3, and no, your eyes aren't playing tricks on you - it looks exactly like a Nintendo Switch Lite (h/t: Retro 91 & Notebook Check).

It has the same sleek design, a variety of playful colour schemes (including a SNES-inspired one), and even boasts the same YXAB button layout, which is admittedly carried over from the Retroid Pocket 2.

The device is being marketed as a larger and thinner alternative to the Retroid Pocket 2, with it measuring 184.65 x 81.38 x 24.23mm compared to the previous console's 150 x 81 x 30mm. These changes will hopefully make it more comfortable to hold in your hands, with the original Retroid Pocket 2 square-like shape feeling kind of clunky in comparison to other, more high-end devices.

It's not just the look that has changed, however, with the Retroid Pocket 3 boasting a couple of performance upgrades from the Retroid Pocket 2, to help with emulating your favourite retro titles.

These come courtesy of a new Android 11 OS and a UNISOC Tiger T310 system on chip featuring one ARM Cortex-A75 CPU core clocked at 2 GHz, as well as another three ARM Cortex-A55 cores that top out at 1.8 GHz. That's without mentioning the PowerVR GE8300 GPU running at 800 MHz.

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It's important to note that this system on chip is the same one you'll currently find on the advanced Retroid Pocket 2+ model, which we hate to say dampens our excitement just a tad. Nevertheless, the new device will also feature an increased display size of 4.7 inches over the Retroid Pocket 2+ model's 3.5 inches and comes with an improved display resolution of 750 x 1334 pixels compared to the Retroid 2+'s 640x480 pixels, giving us a few reasons to hand over our cash.

Here's a full list of the specs below:

  • UNISOC T310 quad-core processor (1 x A75/3 x A55 CPU)
  • 2GB and 3GB RAM options
  • 32GB on-board storage
  • 4.7-inch touchscreen with 16:9 aspect ratio
  • 750 x 1334 display resolution
  • 4000mAh battery
  • Interface options for USB Type-C/Micro HDMI/3.5mm Audio Jack/and Trans-flash card
  • Support for OTA

If all of this sounds promising to you, you can pre-order the device now from this link with shipments expected to start on August 20th. At the checkout, you can select from six different colours. You can also pick between a version for $119 with 2GB RAM or another with 3GB RAM, priced at $129.

What do you think? Are you going to be purchasing a Retroid Pocket 3? Let us know in the comments below!

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