Miyoo Mini vs. Anbernic RG280V: Battle of the minis!

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Written By Paulo Papa

Father, nerd, writer.

In this article, let’s have a head to head battle against the top small retro handhelds – the Miyoo Mini vs. Anbernic RG280V!

Retro handhelds with small form factors are getting more popular by the day. Not only do they offer a piece of nostalgia, but they also provide gamers an on-the-go outlet, allowing them to play their favorite titles during their daily commute, while waiting in a long line, or during their break time at work. 

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Through these devices, it’s fairly simple to squeeze in a short game time which would otherwise be difficult in a large, clunky device. To give you an idea, these devices can easily fit in your pocket and can comfortably be carried in the palm of your hand. 

That said, we’re taking a look at two of today’s most popular small emulation handhelds on the market — the Miyoo Mini and the Anbernic RG280V

In this comparison:

Aside from the links below, Anbernic devices can also be ordered from Anerbernic.com (orders ship directly from the US).

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Miyoo Mini Miyoo Mini – lowest price Check Price
Anbernic RG280V Anbernic RG280V – with 7-day delivery Check Price

Introduction to Miyoo Mini series and Anbernic RG280V

As we’ve mentioned above, both the Miyoo Mini and the RG280V are quite small and pocket-friendly emulation consoles. Their allure is in their tiny form and their surprisingly powerful emulation capabilities. 

Miyoo Mini

The Miyoo Mini is a rather new device, launched in December of last year. At a glance, the Miyoo Mini bears striking similarities with handheld consoles like the Game Boy and other devices that go for a similar vibe like the Bittboy. 

You can find out more about the Mini in our full Miyoo Mini guide.

Photo from Miyoo

Drawing from this appeal, the Miyoo Mini was initially released with a white exterior with an SNES button color scheme and a dot matrix finish with a black and purple button layout. Eventually, Miyoo added various transparent cases which added a different retro vibe to the small emulation console. 

Despite being a newcomer in the emulation scene, the Miyoo Mini receives overwhelming support not only from Miyoo itself but also from dedicated developers and programmers who have fallen in love with the device. 

The Miyoo Mini is also a very versatile device now (allowing for things like changing of boot screens, etc.), with a thriving community.

Anbernic RG280V

Similarly, the Anbernic RG280V banks on a similar form factor and dons a Famicom-like exterior design. Released in 2020, this compact console offers a tight and solid device that not only looks but also feels extremely well-built. 

Photo from Anbernic

To date, the Anbernic RG280V is sold in two color schemes, one in red — which in my opinion offers a very faithful iteration of a portable Family Computer — and another in black. 

Both devices are highly praised and have gained quite a following soon after their respective release dates. 

Miyoo Mini vs. Anbernic RG280V: Specifications

Miyoo Mini specifications

First, the Miyoo Mini. This device packs a 1,900mAh battery that lasts somewhere around three to four hours depending on how you game.

Since I personally own one, I find that playing titles from more demanding systems, like the PlayStation, does consume more battery compared to games from less demanding platforms like Game Boy and even Game Boy Advance. 

The Miyoo Mini
The Miyoo Mini

I own a V1 Miyoo Mini, so my device has removable batteries. This allows me to go around the problem of having to plug my console when the battery is low as I only remove the used-up battery in exchange for a fully charged one.

Charging can be done using an external charger that’s compatible with such batteries. This means that one can take a V1 Miyoo Mini on long trips and vacations and game in places where there are no outlets, granted that you have pre-charged batteries to use. 

As for its Operating System, the Miyoo Mini runs on Linux OS. It has an ARM Cortex-A7 Dual Core 1.2GHz processor paired with a 128MB of RAM. This setup allows the device to handle most games from earlier systems and offers decent performance when running later titles. 

And oh! It has a 2.8-inch IPS screen which is perfect for low-res games. 

Miyoo Mini
OSLinux
CPUARM Cortex-A7 Dual Core 1.2GHz
RAM128MB
Battery1,900-2,000mAh
Display Size2.8-inches
Speaker 1, forward-facing

Anbernic RG280V specifications

The Anbernic RG280V, on the other hand, offers a larger battery than the Miyoo Mini. According to Anbernic, the RG280V packs a 2,100mAh battery that can offer an estimated seven-hour battery life — almost twice as much as the Miyoo Mini can bring to the table.

The Anbernic RG280V’s battery, like the ones on the V2 version of the Miyoo Mini, has a fixed (read: non-removable) design. 

The Anbernic RG280V, probably a better choice than the Miyoo Mini

It sports a similar dual core 1.2GHz CPU paired with a more powerful 512MB of RAM. This contributes to its smooth gameplay and fast rendering of the graphics on most systems the RG280V is able to emulate. O

wners report that the Anbernic RG280V performs well in most games thrown at it. 

Anbernic’s small retro console is equipped with a similar 2.8-inch screen with great viewing angles. 

Anbernic RG280V
OSLinux
CPUJZ4770 Dual Core 1.2GHz
RAM512MB
Battery2,100mAh
Display Size2.8-inches
Speaker 1, rear-facing

Miyoo Mini vs. Anbernic RG280V: Emulation Support

As you can see from our spec sheet, these devices does not have much to offer in terms of processing power, especially when compared to more expensive devices like the Retroid Pocket 2+. However, they do a good job of emulating games from earlier systems. 

What can the Miyoo Mini emulate?

The Miyoo Mini can play arcade games up to mode modern platforms like the PlayStation. Here are the systems supported by the Miyoo Mini out of the box: 

  • Arcade
  • Family Computer
  • Game Boy
  • Game Boy Advance
  • Sega
  • PC Engine
  • MAME Plus
  • Neo Geo
  • Super Nintendo
  • PlayStation

While it can run a lot of PlayStation games, some graphic-intense titles like Crash Team Racing, Final Fantasy VIII, and Final Fantasy IX might give you stuttering issues. 

In case you’re looking for PSP emulators for Android, give this a read.

What can the Anbernic RG280V emulate?

As for the Anbernic RG280V, it can run similar games as the Miyoo Mini, but its larger RAM capacity helps give it a slight boost in performance. Here are some of the systems that run on the Anbernic RG280V: 

  • Arcade
  • Family Computer
  • Game Boy
  • Game Boy Advance
  • Sega
  • PC Engine
  • MAME Plus
  • Neo Geo
  • Super Nintendo
  • PlayStation

It’s good to note that the Anbernic RG280V also suffers from the same problems as the Miyoo Mini when it comes to running graphically-demanding games. 

Miyoo Mini vs. Anbernic RG280V: Hardware

As we’ve covered earlier, both the Miyoo Mini and the Anbernic RG280V are vertically-oriented mini handhelds. Because of their size, it’s nearly impossible to play on them for four hours straight without having to rest. However, there’s a little difference in player comfort due to their layout. 

Miyoo Mini

Photo from Miyoo

I have been able to play on hours on my Miyoo Mini, especially during the days I was stuck in isolation after I tested positive for COVID-19. And while I have a tendency to have a bias toward the Miyoo Mini, I always find myself complaining about how difficult it is to play games that require you to use the shoulder buttons. 

Miyoo designed the Miyoo Mini to be slim and sleek, and I understand that the L1, L2, R1, and R2 buttons were designed in a way to achieve this slim form factor. However, when you play while lying down, you usually place your index fingers at the topmost corners of the device. Otherwise, it will fall down on your face. 

It may be of my own fault, but I find it hard to press the shoulder buttons using my middle finger. 

In addition, the forward-facing speaker is oftentimes covered by the palm of my hand which makes it hard to appreciate games with good soundtracks, like Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Anbernic RG280V

Though I have not yet gamed on the Anbernic RG280V, I feel like it would be easier to play games like Resident Evil 2, Tomb Raider, or even Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance since its shoulder buttons are placed at the topmost corner of the device which makes it easy to reach and press whether you’re playing while sitting down, in prone, or while lying down. 

Photo from Anbernic

Anbernic’s speaker placement also helps gamers indulge in games with great musical scores. 

Miyoo Mini vs. Anbernic RG280V: Pricing

Miyoo Mini has an official store on AliExpress. However, upon checking, the store seems to have run out of stock of the Miyoo Mini. Word on the street is that the Miyoo Mini has been discontinued from production, and an upgraded version is in the works.

Alternatively, you can purchase the device from other sellers. Its price range somewhere from $63.99 to $79.99. 

Anbernic, on the other hand, has the RG280V listed on their website. It’s priced at $79.99 plus shipping fees which will set you back an additional $10-$15 depending on where you’re located and what type of shipping you chose. 

Miyoo Mini vs. Anbernic RG280V: Summary

The Miyoo Mini and the Anbernic RG280V are neck and neck in terms of their emulating capabilities with both devices able to run games up to the PlayStation system.

The two retro handhelds also sport similar price tags which makes choosing between them a matter of personal preference.

Nevertheless, we think that the Anbernic RG280V has a better potential than the Miyoo Mini thanks to its design and gamer-friendly control layout. 

Miyoo Mini vs. Anbernic RG280V: Where to buy?

There are tons of places where you can get the Miyoo Mini. Various stores in AliExpress and Amazon sell these devices. AliExpress will have the best prices, but you might find faster shipping on Amazon.

As for the Anbernic RG280V, AliExpress orders as well as Anerbernic.com orders ship directly from the US.

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Miyoo Mini Miyoo Mini – lowest price Check Price
Anbernic RG280V Anbernic RG280V – with 7-day delivery Check Price

We do, by the way, have an ongoing deal with Hekka where you can get the Miyoo Mini for only $52.99 — free of shipping fees

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