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The GPD G5A Portable Android Games Console

I’ve got another Android gaming handheld to review, the GPD G5A from GamePad Digital. I’ve had this device for a little while now, and have played with it loads. This device was sent to my directly from GPD back in February, but I’ve been too busy with life to write up a review.

Image of the GPD G5A

Apart from the obvious difference in screen size (5” vs 7” on the GPD G7), really the only difference in spec is the battery capacity.

  • CPU: RockChip 3188, Quad Core, 1.6GHz (cortex A9 CPU, ARM mali400 mp4 GPU)
  • Memory: 1GB DDR3
  • Storage: 8GB internal, microSD up to 32GB
  • Screen: 5” TFT, 800x480
  • OS: Android 4.4.2
  • Battery: 3500mAh

As with all devices of this nature it comes with a number of bundled games and emulators and obviously you can find more from the Google Play Store. It plays DS games very nicely using the DeSmuME emulator (Mario Kart DS runs quite nicely!).

Unlike the G7, the volume, start and select buttons have been moved down to the bottom edge. This makes them easier to reach with your thumbs. and makes the front of the G5A a lot less cluttered.

The GPD G5A comes with another different-sized DC charger which is quite frustrating, but it can be charged (or at least powered) via the USB port.

The battery lasted about three hours of constant play.

Here are some images that compare the GPD G5A to other devices.

All in all, I’m a fan of this device. The size and form-factor are nearly perfect. It’s not small enough to go in your pocket, but it’s nice and comfortable for long gaming sessions.

The GPD devices board on Dingoonity:

If you do buy a GPD G5A, you can get 10$ off of your order from GeekBuying, using the following coupon code: MMITLRCJ. Buy the GPD G5A from GeekBuying here:

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Max Glenister is a Front-end Developer based in Oxfordshire. For work he spends his time designing, validating and implementing user interfaces. For fun he tinkers with Virtual Reality, 3D printing, embedded systems, game development and many other things.

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