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  • Processor: RockChip RK3566 @ 1.8GHz
  • Display: 4″ IPS 640×480
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 5 & Bluetooth 4.2
  • Storage: 16GB + 128GB / 16GB + 256GB Via Included MicroSD
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Anbernic RG ARC-S: Retro Gaming Handheld Reinvented 

Introduction: A Nostalgic Yet Modern Gaming Experience 

The Anbernic RG ARC-S is a beacon in the landscape of retro gaming handhelds, ingeniously blending the charm of classic games with the advancements of modern technology. This device is an ode to the golden era of gaming, reimagined for today’s enthusiasts. 

CPU: High-Performance for Classic Titles 

At its core, the Anbernic RG ARC-S houses the RK3566 Quad-Core 64-bit Cortex-A55 CPU, clocked at 1.8GHz. This powerful processor is the heart of the vintage gaming handheld, ensuring that even the most demanding games from the PS1 era and similar consoles run smoothly, providing a seamless emulation experience without sacrificing the authenticity of gameplay. 

Memory and Storage: Optimized for Retro Gaming 

The Anbernic RG ARC-S mobile gaming handheld is thoughtfully equipped with 1GB of LPDDR4 RAM, balancing efficiency, and performance. It boasts 16GB of internal storage, perfect for storing a vast array of classic games. Complementing this is a generous 128GB or 256GB Micro SD Card, expanding the horizon for gamers to explore and store a plethora of retro titles. 

Operating System: Tailored for Gaming Purity 

Running on a custom-designed Linux OS, the Anbernic RG ARC-S portable gaming handheld prioritizes gaming performance. This specialized operating system strips away unnecessary components, focusing solely on gaming, thereby offering a streamlined and user-friendly interface. This ensures that gamers are immersed in their play without distractions, delivering a pure, retro gaming experience. 

Display: Crisp, Clear, and Classic 

The 4.0-inch IPS display is a standout feature, offering a full viewing angle and a zero-distance OCA full fit. The 640×480 resolution is a deliberate choice, paying tribute to the classic visuals of retro games, ensuring that each pixel delivers nostalgia and clarity in equal measure. 

Connectivity: Modern Conveniences in a Retro Package 

Despite its retro focus, the Anbernic RG ARC-S doesn’t skimp on connectivity. The portable retro gaming console supports 2.4/5G WIFI 802.11a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.2, enabling players to connect to the internet for game downloads, online multiplayer experiences, and software updates, bridging the gap between the retro and modern gaming worlds. 

Audio: Immersive and Authentic Sound 

The classic gaming handheld is fitted with high-quality double horn stereo speakers. These speakers are engineered to reproduce the iconic sounds of classic games, from 8-bit tunes to more complex audio landscapes, providing a rich and immersive audio experience that truly enhances gameplay. 

Battery Life: Extended Adventures 

The 3500 mAh Li-polymer battery in the Anbernic RG ARC-S is a testament to its endurance. Gamers can enjoy up to 6 hours of continuous gameplay, a feature supported by convenient C2C charging. This makes the Anbernic RG ARC-S mobile gaming handheld a reliable companion for extended gaming sessions, ensuring that the adventure never has to pause. 

Design and Ergonomics: Stylishly Retro 

In terms of aesthetics, the Anbernic RG ARC-S vintage gaming handheld is available in two colours: Black transparent and Blue transparent, inspired by the iconic SEGA Saturn controller. The design is not just about looks; it’s also about comfort. The device’s dimensions (8.3 x 4.8 x 1.6 inches) and weight (440g) are meticulously calibrated to ensure that it feels great in your hands, even during marathon gaming sessions. 

User Interface: Simplified for Enthusiasts 

The user interface of the Linux OS on the Anbernic RG ARC-S portable gaming handheld is a model of simplicity and efficiency. It’s designed for ease of use, ensuring that gamers of all levels can navigate its menus and settings effortlessly, making the gaming experience straightforward and enjoyable. 

Conclusion: A Homage to Retro Gaming 

The Anbernic RG ARC-S is not just a gaming device; it’s a tribute to the era of retro gaming, redefined with modern sensibilities. It’s perfect for those who yearn for the simplicity and charm of classic games but also appreciate the conveniences of contemporary technology. With the RG ARC-S classic gaming handheld, Anbernic promises a journey back in time, filled with nostalgia, excitement, and endless fun. 

You can read our full review of the Anbernic RG ARC-S and ARC-D here. And if you are new to retro gaming, you can find our Getting started with the Anbernic RG ARC-S and ARC-D here. 


  • Authentic Retro Gaming Experience: The Anbernic RG ARC-S portable retro gaming console is specifically designed for retro gaming, offering an authentic experience that closely mimics classic consoles. This makes it an ideal choice for nostalgia enthusiasts. 
  • Compact and Portable Design: With its ergonomic dimensions and lightweight build, the Anbernic RG ARC-S is highly portable, making it easy to carry around for gaming on the go. 
  • High-Quality Display: The device features a 4.0-inch IPS display, providing clear, vibrant visuals with a classic 640×480 resolution that pays homage to the retro aesthetic. 
  • Efficient Performance: Powered by the RK3566 Quad-Core 64-bit Cortex-A55 CPU, the Anbernic RG ARC-S offers smooth and efficient performance, capable of handling a variety of retro games with ease. 
  • Extended Battery Life: Equipped with a 3500 mAh Li-polymer battery, it offers up to 6 hours of continuous gameplay, making it reliable for extended gaming sessions. 


  • Restricted Operating System: Running on a customized Linux OS, the Anbernic RG ARC-S lacks the versatility of a dual-boot system and might limit access to a broader range of apps and games compared to more versatile handhelds. 
  • No Touchscreen Functionality: Unlike some modern handheld gaming devices, the Anbernic RG ARC-S lacks a touchscreen, which might affect the ease of navigation for users accustomed to touch interfaces. 

Technical Specifications

Operating SystemLinux
Dual BootNo
Dual Boot OSN/A
Processor (CPU) BrandRockChip
Processor (CPU) ModelRK3566
Processor (CPU) Max FrequencyUp To 1.80Ghz
Processor (CPU) Cores / Threads4 Cores / 4 Threads
Graphics Card (GPU)
Graphics (GPU) BrandARM
Graphics (GPU) ModelMali-G52 MP2
Graphics (GPU) MemoryShared w/ RAM Capacity
Aspect Ratio4:3
Pixels/Inch200 PPI
Size4 Inch
Memory (RAM) / Storage
Memory (RAM) Capacity1GB
Memory (RAM) TechnologyLPDDR4
Storage Expansion2x MicroSD Card Slot (1 Used for Linux-based OS)
I/O AudioOutput: 1x 3.5mm Headphone Jack, Speaker: Dual Speakers
I/O USB2x USB Type-C
I/O Video1x Mini HDMI
Battery Capacity3500 mAh
Battery TypeLi-Po

Package Includes

1x 16GB Micro SD Card
1x 128/256GB Micro SD Card
1x USB Type-C Cable
1x User Manual

Please Note

In line with the policy of continued development, the manufacturer reserves the right to amend the specifications without prior notification. The illustrations in the user manual are for reference only.


Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Stephen O Donnell (Londonderry, United Kingdom)
Great handheld for Sega heads

This is the perfect handheld for Sega fans, plays enough Saturn and Dreamcast games to keep me happy.

Ivan Ochambela (Noordwyk, South Africa)
Needs a more powerful chip, disappointing

it’s clearly a sega saturn look alike but it cant even run those games properly and some saturn games can’t even open at all, such a waste. Only thing i would use this for is sega genesis games that’s all

Suffan Tarafdar (Southampton, United Kingdom)
Best handheld for 16 bit era

I love this handheld, I have many other Higher powered handhelds like the retroid pocket 4 plus, and the KTR1, but nothing compares to the joy I have playing 16 bit games on this one! The 4 inch 4:3 screen paired with the near perfect copy of the megadrive gamepad is unbeatable, playing megadrive games and even SNES on this just feels right, I hardly use my other handhelds for 16 bit games anymore,

Build quality is also really good, it feels solid, it can emulate ps1 perfectly as well, N64, Saturn, and up to psp is also really good but don't expect full library for those.

if you want the best handheld for the OG 16 bit consoles definitely get this!

Thank you for your kind review of the ANBERNIC RG ARC-D! We are thrilled to hear that our handheld has become your go-to for playing 16 bit games. We are glad to hear that it truly captures the nostalgia and joy of those classic consoles for you. Thank you for choosing DroiX and happy gaming!

gameplaya (Hounslow, United Kingdom)
ARC-D: The only handheld you need

ARC-D Grey: Great piece of kit with seamless setup and ready to go out the box when paired with the 256Gb micro SD card. Lovely nostalgia with the Sega Saturn style as well. Charge it up, turn it on and play with flawless emulation of your favourite retro systems, from DOS to 64bit, handheld and console.

The customer service and post purchase guides via Droix are also top notch. Highly recommended.

Thank you for your positive review of the ANBERNIC RG ARC-D! We are so glad to hear that you are enjoying the seamless setup and flawless emulation of your favorite retro systems. Our team at Droix is always here to provide top-notch customer service and post purchase support. We truly appreciate your recommendation and hope you continue to have a great experience with our product. Happy gaming!

Anna Nora (Grantham, United Kingdom)
An absolutely great product.

I love it, it's so nostalgic seeing the Sega Mega Drive controller when I pick it up, and then play some of my childhood favourites.

A purchase I'll never regret, and it emulates everything I need it to, including some less demanding PSP games.

I would absolutely recommend if you're looking for that Mega Drive feel.

I absolutely love Anbernic's build quality, designs and the fact that they're willing to try completely different things and not follow the trend.

Thank you so much for your glowing review of our ANBERNIC RG ARC-D! We are thrilled to hear that you are enjoying the product and that it has brought back nostalgic memories for you. We take pride in our quality and unique designs, and we are glad to know that you appreciate them as well. Thank you for recommending our product to others, and we hope you continue to have a great experience with it. Happy gaming!


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