The ANBERNIC RG552 is an up-and-coming handheld for which information currently available is quite scarce. Therefore, we thought it would be useful to put together a compendium of information available and create an RG552 FAQ.
As of 01/10/2021 – Everything on this page is “hearsay” taken from a mixture of community posts from the (awesome) RetroGameHandhelds Discord and Baidu Tieba, a popular Chinese forum. So take every granule of information posted here with a grain of salt, as nothing is finalized until ANBERNIC publicly announce it themselves.
Last Updated: 10/12/2021: RG552 Firmware Update Guide added!
We’ve made a MEGA GUIDE on how to get started with the RG552. If anything, it’s more of an FAQ than this article!
Check it out below!
If you were not aware, the initial batch of RG552’s came with firmware that was not quite up to scratch. That’s why we’ve prepared a handy guide on how to update the firmware for the RG552, with the official update released by ANBERNIC very recently.
Take a look at the linked post below for more info!
10/12/2021 Update: RG552 Review Video
Our review of the RG552 from Anbernic is now live! You can read the text version on our blog post here or watch the video below.
6/12/2021 Update: RG552 Pre-Orders Closed Temporarily
Now that we’ve been able to get a better hand on the supply situation, we’re pleased to announce that pre-orders for the RG552 have now been re-opened.
You can pre-order an RG552 from DroiX here, for a limited time price of £184.95. Once this promotion is over, the RG552 will cost £209.95.
The current estimate for the units to arrive with us is around the 20th of December, and all pre-orders will be dispatched shortly after they arrive.
However, given the precarious time of year when it comes to international shipping (delays can always happen), We would advise opting for an alternative Retro Gaming Handheld if you urgently need a gift for the holiday season.
2/12/2021 Update: RG552 Pre-Orders Closed Temporarily
Due to overwhelming demand, we have had to temporarily close pre-orders for the ANBERNIC RG552, as we need to ensure that we’re able to procure enough units to meet the first batch of orders.
Pre-orders will go live again soon in the coming weeks once we are able to get a better idea of the supply situation and shipping timeframes.
1/12/2021 Update: RG552 Pre-Orders Are Now Open (On DroiX)
Hey there! Another quick update for all the people hungrily awaiting further news on this interesting little handheld.
We at DroiX are pleased to announce that the RG552’s release price is now available (at least, from us here at DroiX)!
The RG552 will cost £209.95 GBP (incl. VAT) on release. However, you can pre-order the RG552 from DroiX for a limited time at the reduced cost of £184.95 GBP (incl. VAT).
Our current tentative release date for the RG552’s is the 20th of December. Please note that this date is a rough estimate. Given how close it is to Christmas, and how often delays occur at this time of year, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to find one in your stocking on Christmas morning.
Of course, Santa could also come early and they might arrive a few days before… who knows?
That should just about wrap up the coverage of the RG552 in this FAQ. We’re expecting a sample unit to arrive within the next few days, so once we have that, we’ll update the table above with the specs we’re able to confirm (such as the mysterious HDMI output).
We’ll also have other articles live in the weeks following its launch (we’re particularly excited to try the good up-and-coming Android PS2 emulator on it, for what it’s worth).
30/11/2021 Update: Official Promo Video Premiere
Another short one!
It seems as though the initial estimate of the 29th that we were given by ANBERNIC wasn’t as accurate as we hoped it’d be… These things happen, so we apologize for any hopes we may have raised and dashed!
That aside, we have more exciting news! The RG552 now has an official promo video revealed as of this morning on the 30th of November. See below for the full premiere.
Blink and you’ll miss it – it’s only about 20 seconds in length, but it’s nice to have confirmation of the device’s existence that isn’t just sly nudges and winks via the odd image here and there.
Stay tuned for the release and final pricing, which we’ll update this post with as soon as they’re available (keep an eye on our website too – the listing should be live in the coming weeks so you can place your pre-order!).
18/11/2021 Update: RG552 Release Date Announced!
That was a short wait! We’ll keep this one brief however.
We have received word from ANBERNIC themselves that the RG552 is slated to “release” on the 29th of November.
However, this only means you’ll be able to place an order on this date (with ANBERNIC directly).
Given international shipping times, we would not expect most people to have them in their hands before mid-December at the earliest.
We also received a document containing most of the specifications. The most interesting thing we’ve noticed is that RG552 runs a dual operating system configuration. With Android being installed on internal eMMC, and the device also being capable of running Linux distributions (Batocera and likely more once the community gets their hands on it) via the external microSD cards.
(Our pre-orders will also be open soon too! We’ll update here with a link once they are!)
16/11/2021 Update: More Screenshots and Video Footage
It’s been a fairly quiet month and a half for the RG552. Outside of one or two more pictures of the device making the rounds. Not much info has dropped on the device.
Did the RG552 release on 11/11?
The rumoured “11/11” release date turned out to be just that – a rumour. As humorous as it would be to launch a geeky gadget on Singles’ Day, ANBERNIC stayed quiet.
(It is unusual that they missed an opportunity to announce the device however).
Reviewer Units Arriving
Retro gaming handheld hobbyist DIYGameModz uploaded a video on the 16th showcasing the Retroarch XMB-styled menus.
While not much, it is nice to see more video footage of the device. One interesting thing we noticed is that at 18 seconds in, the directories indicate that this RetroArch installation is running on top of Android. Meaning that the RG552 is now confirmed to run Android.
It is unknown what version of Android it will be however. We would guess somewhere between Android 8 and Android 10.
Popular gadget reviewer Taki Udon also teased that he is in possession of an RG552 earlier last week.
At this rate, we can probably expect more RG552 info to drop towards the end of the month. Perhaps we’ll finally get an official announcement or release date? Let’s keep our fingers crossed…
The original post from October 1st 2021 (with some minor edits) is below:
What is the ANBERNIC RG552?
Successor to the incredibly popular RG350 and RG351 product lines, the RG552 aims to provide an easy and high-quality retro gaming experience.
Because this unit kick-starts a new generation, the actual performance of the unit in games (should be) noticeably improved over previous models.
With many “next generation” devices on the immediate horizon, such as the Miyoo P60, the AYN ODIN, and more. It remains to be seen if there will be a common SoC used across multiple devices (like the Rockchip RK3266).
(6 Cores @ 1.8GHz)
|Display Size||5.5 Inches|
|Control Layout||Dual Analog; Symmetrical (Lower)|
|SD Card Layout||2x External|
|Charging||Input – 9V~12V ≥2.5A|
Supports Fast Charging (PD, QC, AFC, etc.)
|Operating System||Linux (Batocera, etc.) via microSD|
Android 7.1 via eMMC
|Speakers||Dual Stereo Speakers|
|Colours Available:||Black, Bronze Gray|
|Other Features||“10-point” Touch Screen|
HDMI Output (tentatively full-sized)
3.5mm Headphone Jack
Active Cooling (heatsink + fan)
Built-in Rumble (“dual motors”)
An Android Retro Gaming Handheld?
While unconfirmed, it is highly likely that the Anbernic RG552 will feature the Android operating system. This is a departure from the previous linux based systems of old (EmuELEC, OpenDingux, etc.). Android will grant the device access to a plethora of already-matured emulators, and it will potentially be easier to manage which emulators are on the device from a user’s perspective – as adding emulators will simply be a matter of dragging APKs onto the device and running them. Should the device feature Android in any form, we would hope that it contains at least 2GB of RAM at the minimum. As Android is rather sluggish on devices that fall below that threshold.
The ANBERNIC RG552 has been confirmed to run Android 7.1 on an internal 64GB eMMC chip.
7.1 is a little… outdated? It should be perfectly fine for the purposes of gaming, but it would have been nice if it were a newer version. There’s always the possibility of a community-developed upgrading option to come about however…
Interestingly, the RG552 is also capable of running Linux operating systems via an external microSD card. If you have ever tried using a coreELEC (or a derivative) distribution on an Android box, the process will probably be very similar.
Notable custom firmware teams to keep an eye on are those mentioned in our best RG351 custom firmware guide. At least one of these developers will likely create something for the device at some point… or perhaps a new developer will rise up out of the blue?
Return of the HDMI
Reports indicate that the RG552 will feature a HDMI port – a feature which has been entirely absent from the “third generation” of ANBERNIC handhelds. With the more powerful processor and higher resolution display than previous models, it should provide a better overall experience.
It is unknown what size the HDMI port will be at this point in time (be it Full-sized, Mini or Micro).
18/11/2021 Update: The specifications document we have received from ANBERNIC confirms that the RG552 has HDMI output.
What we cannot say with 100% certainty is what kind of output it is. The document only mentions “HDMI”, so we’ll lean towards it being either full-sized HDMI, or mini-HDMI.
The RG552 is stated to support Wi-Fi functionality. What is not stated is if it is internal (which we sincerely hope it is), or if it is external (via dongle).
Verbatim, it is stated to “Support WiFi online games”.
We’ll be reaching out to ANBERNIC to elaborate, so stay tuned for updates.
A number of prototype images and videos have been posted on Baidu by user MaxZhou88. A known spokesperson for ANBERNIC and is often the originator of leaked info for ANBERNIC devices. So while these following images are not final, it is unlikely that the final product will differ radically. As more images become available, we will update this RG552 FAQ.
In terms of layout/appearance, the RG552 does not reinvent the wheel. Instead, it is almost identical in layout to ANBERNIC’s other horizontal handhelds, such as the RG351P.
However, one substantial difference is the presence of (what we can only assume to be) a thermal intake on the rear of the unit. The RG552 makes use of active cooling, so the presence of a vent of some kind was inevitable.
In order to squeeze as much performance as possible out of the RK3399 SoC, ANBERNIC have opted to use active cooling on the RG552. Cool air appears to be taken in through the rear of the unit, and expelled through exhaust vents (that are pointing away from the user, thankfully). This will allow the unit to maximize performance without overheating.
The RG3552 is also substantially larger than it’s predecessors (owed to the active cooling system, and the 5.5 inch screen). Above, we can see it’s only slightly smaller than a Switch. (meaning it the RG552 is about the same size as a Switch Lite).
From the preview videos above, we can observe that performance when emulating PSP games is stable. Even the infamous God Of War is capable of running at playable framerates.
Thus we can expect excellent performance for 64-bit platforms (N64, Dreamcast, etc.), the PSP/DS, and just about everything the RG351P could handle on top of that.
In addition, the RG552 may potentially be able to handle some lightweight Gamecube emulation, as can be witnessed on devices with the same processor.
No price has been officially announced as of 01/10/2021. However, given that the RG552 features: A more powerful processor A much larger screen than it’s predecessors, that is also touch-sensitive We would expect the RG552 to be somewhere within the $150 to $220 range. This would mark a shift from the “good quality, but also affordable” style of handheld that ANBERNIC are known for, as within that price range they will start competing with higher-profile devices such as the Switch Lite. 18/11/2021 Update: The estimated price we currently have for the RG552 is in the ballpark of £230-£250. It’s a bit more pricey than we initially hoped, but given the state of the global supply chain, it is understandable.
1/12/2021 Update: The release price for the RG552 is £209.95 GBP, if ordered directly from us at DroiX.
For a limited time you can also pre-order the RG552 from DroiX for a reduced price of £184.95 GBP.
ANBERNIC RG552 Release Date?
No release date has been officially announced as of 01/10/2021. However, we expect it to be available at approximately the end of the year (late-Q4 2021) or early next year (early-Q1 2022), given the frequency of updates that are occurring. We have been informed by ANBERINC that the RG552 will be available to order on the 29th of November. However, we would not expect anyone (aside from reviewers) to actually have one in their hands before mid-December, due to the factor of international shipping.
1/12/2021 Update: The RG552’s tentative release date (from DroiX) is now the 20th of December.
Keep in mind that there’s a chance that parcels, particularly international ones, might suffer delays at this time of year. This author wouldn’t gamble his savings on it being here for Christmas, in any case.
Thanks for reading this far! We will update this RG552 with more information as it becomes available.
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Until next time!