What is the ONEXPLAYER?
The ONEXPLAYER is an up-and-coming Intel gaming handheld PC developed by ONE NETBOOK. A manufacturer of various small-form-factor laptops. Such as the popular One Mix 3 series of business mini laptops, the GX1 mini gaming laptop, and the niche engineering-centric A1.
With a crowdfunding opportunity opened in May 2021, the ONEXPLAYER garnered an impressive amount of funding at £1,486,274 – over 8000% of what was requested.
Why are people so excited about the ONEXPLAYER? We’ll take a look at that in just a moment.
[FAQ] ONEXPLAYER Technical Specifications
We’ll be headlining this ONEXPLAYER FAQ with the specs of the unit (as we know them to be at the time of writing).
The technical specifications for the ONEXPLAYER are as follows:
|Processor||Intel Core i5-1135G7|
Intel Core i7-1165G7
Intel Core i7-1185G7
|Graphics||Intel Iris® Xe Graphics|
|Memory Type||LPDDR4x @ 4266MHz|
|SSD Form Factor||M.2 2280|
|SSD Interface||PCIe (NVMe)|
8.4-inch 2560*1600p IPS
|Ports||2x USB-C 4.0|
1x USB-C 3.0
3.5mm Audio Jack
1x microSD card slot
|Game Controller||Clickable (L3/R3) analogue sticks|
D-Pad w/ independent buttons
Face buttons (A/B/X/Y)
Bumpers/Analogue Triggers (L1/R1, L2/R2)
|Speakers||2x Stereo Speakers|
|Wi-Fi||WiFi 6 (802.11/a/b/g/n/ac/ax)|
|Dimensions (L/W/H)||288mm * 130mm * 21mm|
Three Processor Options?
The ONEXPLAYER has officially been listed by ONE NETBOOK in three configurations. One with an Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor and a 512GB SSD, one with an Intel Core i7-1165G7 and a 1TB SSD; and finally, one with an Intel Core i7-1185G7 and a 2TB SSD.
At the time of crowdfunding, only 50 1186G7 models were available. They sold out instantly, so it remains to be seen what the availability for future units will be like.
Memory & Storage
The ONEXPLAYER, like most mini PCs and windows gaming handhelds nowadays, features an NVMe SSD. This has been verified by one Netbook to work with SSDs of up to 2TB in size. A microSD card slot is also present in case you need just that little bit more when it comes to space.
LPDDR4X RAM works in tandem with the Intel Processor to – like on the GPD Win 3 – provide an overall smooth experience in a variety of games.
The ONEXPLAYER features a whopping 15300mAh battery that supports power-delivery (PD) fast charging. This has been stated by One Netbook (as per the battery section in the ONEXPLAYER infographic FAQ) to handle “about 10 hours of local video playtime”. Actual lifetime when playing games will likely be anywhere from 2 to 7 hours depending on what’s being played.
[FAQ] ONEXPLAYER Performance
Like other handhelds, the ONEXPLAYER can expect comfortable framerates in most games when playing at 720p. One Netbook have carried out a testing program of their own with various games across all three models. See below for the full table taken from the FAQ on the ONEXPLAYER’s indiegogo page.
However, the larger resolution – while more comfortable to look at – may present a small hit in performance if you want to really make the most of every single pixel.
[FAQ] ONEXPLAYER Design
The ONEXPLAYER is perhaps the most… “normal”, of the windows gaming handhelds currently making their way to the market.
The defining trait of the ONEXPLAYER is it’s gargantuan size. With an 8.4-inch screen, it really stretches the limits of what one would define as “portable”. This large, high-resolution (1600p!) screen does provide extremely crisp visuals for movies and games that support its non-standard resolution.
It does also feature a rather striking black and orange motif., which lends itself well to “gaming” aesthetics.
Of the three available currently, the ONEXPLAYER is also the only one to feature a built-in kickstand.
One Netbook will be providing an (optional) official keyboard attachment for the device. With this added heft connected, the ONEXPLAYER essentially becomes a laptop, and will take up a similar amount of space in your home or in your bag (perhaps more when you factor in the carry case).
You can of course connect keyboards of your own via the USB ports or Bluetooth if you so wished instead.
Another gaming handheld?
You may be wondering why we’ve written an FAQ about the ONEXPLAYER when it just appears to be a plain gaming handheld.
The ONEXPLAYER is essentially another in the line of [Switch]-styled windows gaming handhelds that presents an opportunity to play AAA games on a handheld device.
If it isn’t apparent already, the ONEXPLAYER’s primary charm point is the larger screen. Those of you who were fans of the [DS] XL handhelds will understand how a larger screen can really enhance the experience (despite being a “portable” device).
The device also holds a trick or two up its sleeve with the included USB 4.0 ports.
External GPUs (eGPUs) & the ONEXPLAYER
The ONEXPLAYER, thanks to the ludcirous transfer speeds of USB 4 (up to 40Gbps!) and the technologies behind the 11th Generation Intel processors, can make use of what is known as an “external GPU” (or: eGPU).
An eGPU is essentially a dedicated graphics card (of your choice) that is contained within a separate enclosure (also your choice!), and provides power and protection to the card. The ONEXPLAYER can then connect to this eGPU enclosure, and the two devices can work in tandem as if they were a normal PC.
Running an eGPU setup WILL be prohibitively expensive for most, even more so given the poor availability of graphics cards currently. But it is an option for those interested.
[FAQ] ONEXPLAYER Release Date
The ONEXPLAYER will begin shipping to backers in rolling batches starting in late Q2 2021. A release date for general purchase is expected to be in late Q3 2021, this date is however tentative. and may be subject to delays.
Price & Launch Options
The ONEXPLAYER has three configurations currently “available” (at least, they technically exist) across a variety of processor/storage combinations. The prices listed here are representative of the prices provided by the official crowdfunding page. Early purchasers were able to snatch discounts of up to 15%.
|i5-1135G7 + 512GB SSD||$8,224 HKD (£757.18 GBP)|
|i7-1165G7 + 1TB||$9,001 HKD (£828.72 GBP)|
|i7-1185G7 + 2TB||$11,640 HKD (£1,143.23 GBP)|
These prices do not include customs fees. A 1 year warranty is included (as mentioned in the indiegogo page’s FAQ for the ONEXPLAYER), but you will be required to send items back to China in the event of faults/etc.
The ONEXPLAYER can also be purchased from DroiX, starting from £1049 GBP. This features a 30 day refund window and a 1 year warranty that is handled by a UK-based team.