Retroid Pocket 3 released, runs Android & starts $119

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Written By Yash Garg

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Here, we look at the Retroid Pocket 3, which definitely is in the watchlist of many a retro gamer. As of 4th August, the product has officially been released.

To say that the Retroid Pocket 2+ was a success would be an understatement. With a decent enough processor, great ergonomics, and the right price tag, it turned out to be quite a success.

It is thus no wonder, that the retro gaming community is looking forward to the Pocket 3 with great anticipation.

Retroid Pocket 3 Specifications

Here are the full specifications of the Retroid Pocket 3:

  • 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
  • Support for OTA

It will be available in the following colors: Orange, Black, White, Indigo, 16bit, Retro.

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Retroid Pocket 3 Pricing

The Pocket 3 gets a price bump compared to the Pocket 2/2+. It costs $119 for the 2GB RAM/32GB ROM version, and $129 for the 3GB RAM/32GB ROM variant.

Naturally, we expect the majority of buyers to go with the 3GB RAM variant.

Retroid Pocket 3 vs Retroid Pocket 2+

Product Name

Retroid Pocket 3

Retroid Pocket 2+

Product Image Retroid Pocket 3 Retroid Pocket 2+
Price $119.00 $100.00
Our Rating 9.0 9.0
Brand Retroid Retroid
Category Android-based retro consoles Android-based retro consoles

Display

Retroid Pocket 3Retroid Pocket 2+
Display resolution 750 x 1334 pixels 640 x 480 pixels
Display size 4.7-inch 3.5-inch
Touchscreen Yes Yes

Storage

Retroid Pocket 3Retroid Pocket 2+
Built-in storage 32GB 32GB
SD card slot Yes, up to 512GB Yes, up to 512GB

CPU

Retroid Pocket 3Retroid Pocket 2+
Processor Unisoc quad-core Tiger T310 Unisoc quad-core Tiger T310
GPU PowerVR GE8300 PowerVR GE8300
RAM 2GB/3GB 2GB

Battery

Retroid Pocket 3Retroid Pocket 2+
Battery capacity 4000mAh 4000mAh

Connectivity

Retroid Pocket 3Retroid Pocket 2+
USB Type-C Type-C
WiFi Yes, 2.4GHz + 5GHz Yes, 2.4GHz + 5GHz
Bluetooth Yes, Bluetooth 5.0 Yes, Bluetooth 5.0

Body

Retroid Pocket 3Retroid Pocket 2+
Dimensions 184.6 mm x 81.3 mm x 24.2 mm 150 mm x 80 mm x 25 mm

Previously, from leaks:

Leaked images give a glimpse at how the Retroid Pocket 3 looks

A leaked image of the Retroid Pocket 3
A leaked image of the Retroid Pocket 3

Retroid clearly seem to have gone for mass appeal here. As clearly evident, the ‘retro’ factor that the Retroid Pocket 2 scored high on, seems to be missing here. Which in itself is a sign of this category of electronics starting to gain mass adoption. Or so I think…

Here’s a promo video:

Rounded edges, symmetry and minimalism seem like the highlights of this design of the Retroid Pocket 3.

More leaked details of the Retroid Pocket 3

To start with, let’s have a look at the design schematics, which gives a clear outline of how the device will look.

Retroid Pocket 3 - Schematics
Retroid Pocket 3 - Schematics

What colors will the Retroid Pocket 3 be made available in?

The Pocket 2+ comes in five colours. Retroid seem to have added another color to the mix, so the Pocket 3 will ship in six different shades. We don’t know yet what they will be called, but you can have a look at all of them right here.

Retroid Pocket 3 - All colrs
The Retroid Pocket 3 will ship in 6 colorways

What will the specifications of the Retroid Pocket 3 be?

There is no word on the internals of this upcoming retro handheld yet. However, it would be safe to assume it will continue to run Android. Given the fact that Retroid seem to be targeting the masses this time around, they’d probably want to go with a chipset that’s more widely available.

Having said that, similar to the MediaTek on the Miyoo P60, I feel the folks at Retroid will go ahead with a MediaTek/Qualcomm processor.

As for the price, expect it to cost around the $150 mark, given the expected specifications.

Other info

Thanks to website RetroDodo and YouTuber Taki Udon, we know a couple of more things about the Pocket 3. Nothing major, but the packaging and user manual of the Pocket 3 have surfaced. Have a look below:

Retroid Pocket 3 - Packaging
Packaging of the Pocket 3
Retroid Pocket 3 - User Manual
User Manual of the Pocket 3
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2 thoughts on “Retroid Pocket 3 released, runs Android & starts $119”

  1. Oh please, tell me, that the right analogue stick is NOT a slider again, but with R3 capability, by way of pressing it in, i noticed on the instructions, that right stick is digital, now surely, that means, as soon as you press left, you move fully left, and not smoothly, as with an analogue stick, which is on the left.
    WHY, oh WHY, did they do this…………………????????????
    So the right stick acts like a Dpad movement, so once again, First Person Shooters, are going be terrible to control.
    This Sucks.

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