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skelton (OP)

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GPD Q88S (q88+) First impressions
« on: June 01, 2014, 04:36:28 pm »



Hi, I just got a prototype sample of this new model that will be available in the next couple weeks, and which is 7 inch device quite similar to GPD g7 in specs except its design is more similar to devices like JXD s7800.

Here are the specs:

RK3188-T clocked at 1,4 ghz (can be overclocked via custom kernel to 1,6ghz)
1 GB RAM
8 Gb nand
7 inch 1024 x 600 IPS Screen (they finally ended putting a IPS one, yay! xD)
Battery: 5000 mah (my samples comes with a 3000 mah because it's a prototype)

Screen:

It's a 1024 x 600 IPS. colours and contrast seem quite nice and view angles are better than GPD g7. Nothing to object in this sense.

Controls:
The DPAD is really nice. A One piece DPAD which reminds to Sega Saturn PAD and madcatz SF pads, except it's a bit smaller. Diagonals are good, is not noisy at all and I can play fighting games without problems. The best DPAD I have probably tried in an Android gaming tablet.

Analogs are not so nice, they are quite similar to psp nubs, a bit bigger. Not as precise or as good as the analogs of G7 or g5a.
The four frontal buttons (XBYA)are a bit soft, but not noisy at all. They are good in my opinion. It comes with double trigger buttons in a similar position to devices like s7300 or s7800. I honestly prefer the disposition of devices like G7 or g5a for shoulder buttons, but are ok. They are a bit hard however and a bit clakey.

Firmware and Performance:
Device comes with Android kitkat, with a launcher that is recommended to remove. Seems quite stable at the moment, pretty much in the line of g7 stock roms. Screen refresh rate is 60 hz, it doesn't have problems with hdmi or vsync, and has a proper joystick driver. You can also swap your memories inside the firmware, so it's pretty much like the legacy ROMS.

All in all, seems a solid device, a different alternative for those not liking g7 design and prefer a more conventional tablet design for it.

I have no idea about pricing when this device come to the shops, but I suppose it should be quite similar to g7 in price.

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godgryphon

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Re: GPD Q88S (q88+) First impressions
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2014, 06:39:33 pm »
I'm pretty excited about a Saturn style d-pad being in one of these devices. I'm quite a big fan of the design.
Ordered one of those fancy GPD G58 devices. Review soon.

indask8

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Re: GPD Q88S (q88+) First impressions
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2014, 12:14:33 pm »
I like the design, but why a 1024*600 screen? 1280x800 should be the minimum these days, I don't think it's much more expensive and the DPI increase is quite noticeable.

skelton (OP)

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Re: GPD Q88S (q88+) First impressions
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2014, 12:20:22 pm »
I personally disagree. I have an iben which is 1200 x 800 and retro games look very pixelated. Too much upscaling for my personal taste.
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Deen0X

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Re: GPD Q88S (q88+) First impressions
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2014, 12:40:10 pm »
i agree with skelton. for portable and retrogaming, better display resolution is what is near to original device.

currently, i prefer 800x480 pixels from GPD-g5A than 1280x720 from Much devices for 5" screen.

high resolution is better for android gaming, but not for retrogaming.

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Re: GPD Q88S (q88+) First impressions
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2014, 08:40:34 pm »
I'm curious about the original (dual core) Q88. How is it with ePSXe and DraStic? Can it run PPSSPP or Reicast at all? It looks good but the 512MB RAM makes me slightly skeptical.
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skelton (OP)

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Re: GPD Q88S (q88+) First impressions
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2014, 09:42:29 pm »
I'm curious about the original (dual core) Q88. How is it with ePSXe and DraStic? Can it run PPSSPP or Reicast at all? It looks good but the 512MB RAM makes me slightly skeptical.

I have not tested the dual core model, but the RK3026 is worse than an amlogic-mx, so I don't think it runs PPSSPP or reicast pretty well, though it should be enough for drastic and epsxe.
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Re: GPD Q88S (q88+) First impressions
« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2014, 09:37:24 am »
1.Android 4.4.2 OS, Quad-core, Cortex-A9, 1.6GHz
2.1GB DDR3 RAM 8GB memory,7inch IPS 1024*600 screen
3.Quad-core Mali-400 GPU, fully compatible with APK、3D games
4.Virtual key mapping function and almighty simulator game
5.Battery for 5000MA, with Mini HDMI, with Micro USB, with G-sensor,analog variable L2,R2
6.Professional design for hand shank, Excellent handle control ( exterior patent)
7.Contain Android game center and classic simulator game center
8.Wi-Fi business, Email, Word, Excel, online downloading, MSN, SKYPE, GOOGLE, etc.
9.0.3M Back Camera .Support 1080P(1920x1080pixel)decoding; support RM/RMVB/PPTV, web TV, online movie
10.Support NGE&SGM format patent games and 8bit NES/FC, GB, GBC; 16bit SMC, SMD, SFC/SNES; 32bit GBA, MAME; 64bit N64 and SONY PS games,NDS games and PSP games
11.Support  HD 3D (800x480) android APK 3D game. Flash11 and Flash online games; support full screen touch games, gravity sensor direction games, web multi-player games

Stealth Ninja

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Re: GPD Q88S (q88+) First impressions
« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2014, 08:04:26 pm »
The D pad looks good. Hopefully they can bring the D Pad together with the G5/G7 analogs in a future device.
« Last Edit: June 03, 2014, 08:09:13 pm by Stealth Ninja »

skelton (OP)

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Re: GPD Q88S (q88+) First impressions
« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2014, 08:24:56 pm »
The D pad looks good. Hopefully they can bring the D Pad together with the G5/G7 analogs in a future device.

Absolutely agree.
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Re: GPD Q88S (q88+) First impressions
« Reply #10 on: June 07, 2014, 04:43:54 pm »
I'm curious about the original (dual core) Q88. How is it with ePSXe and DraStic? Can it run PPSSPP or Reicast at all? It looks good but the 512MB RAM makes me slightly skeptical.

I have not tested the dual core model, but the RK3026 is worse than an amlogic-mx, so I don't think it runs PPSSPP or reicast pretty well, though it should be enough for drastic and epsxe.
Thank you sir. I'm also curious, does the shell have a gloss finish to it? There aren't many actual photos floating around of the Q88 but I found one where it looks kind of shiny
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skelton (OP)

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Re: GPD Q88S (q88+) First impressions
« Reply #11 on: June 07, 2014, 05:39:40 pm »
I'm curious about the original (dual core) Q88. How is it with ePSXe and DraStic? Can it run PPSSPP or Reicast at all? It looks good but the 512MB RAM makes me slightly skeptical.

I have not tested the dual core model, but the RK3026 is worse than an amlogic-mx, so I don't think it runs PPSSPP or reicast pretty well, though it should be enough for drastic and epsxe.
Thank you sir. I'm also curious, does the shell have a gloss finish to it? There aren't many actual photos floating around of the Q88 but I found one where it looks kind of shiny

Mine is not too shiny, but it's a proto, so not sure if the shell is exactly the same in final version
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Re: GPD Q88S (q88+) First impressions
« Reply #12 on: June 11, 2014, 03:20:27 am »
Hi, I'm  new to this forum and I would like to thank you for all of the hard work that you put in, because it makes things so much easier for everybody, nice one!
 I have been doing a lot of research on the G7 recently...
My only problem seems to be with reported screen quality issues (blue hue, dull colours). It appears to me that if the Q88S has a screen with better colours and it can run Reicast and PPSSPP (mainly Reicast) as well as a G7, then this could be a better alternative for me. I also noticed that this is listed as having a slighly inferior chip to the G7. I would be very grateful for your advice. Screen quality and Reicast are the tywo main deal breakers for me, strong WiFi range would also be quite nice, also do you have any word on when it might be arriving at retailers?

bedbug1226

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Re: GPD Q88S (q88+) First impressions
« Reply #13 on: June 11, 2014, 04:52:23 am »
I have the G7 Myself and although people complain about the screen it seems fine to me. Also remember Real Analog Vs Nubs.

skelton (OP)

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Re: GPD Q88S (q88+) First impressions
« Reply #14 on: June 11, 2014, 08:41:27 am »
Hi, I'm  new to this forum and I would like to thank you for all of the hard work that you put in, because it makes things so much easier for everybody, nice one!
 I have been doing a lot of research on the G7 recently...
My only problem seems to be with reported screen quality issues (blue hue, dull colours). It appears to me that if the Q88S has a screen with better colours and it can run Reicast and PPSSPP (mainly Reicast) as well as a G7, then this could be a better alternative for me. I also noticed that this is listed as having a slighly inferior chip to the G7. I would be very grateful for your advice. Screen quality and Reicast are the tywo main deal breakers for me, strong WiFi range would also be quite nice, also do you have any word on when it might be arriving at retailers?

Both have the same RK3188-T.

I agree with bedbug1226. Analogs are much better in g7. Dpad is better in q88S though, so depending on which option you use most, both can be fine.
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azzy2000

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Re: GPD Q88S (q88+) First impressions
« Reply #15 on: June 11, 2014, 12:20:01 pm »
Hi, I'm  new to this forum and I would like to thank you for all of the hard work that you put in, because it makes things so much easier for everybody, nice one!
 I have been doing a lot of research on the G7 recently...
My only problem seems to be with reported screen quality issues (blue hue, dull colours). It appears to me that if the Q88S has a screen with better colours and it can run Reicast and PPSSPP (mainly Reicast) as well as a G7, then this could be a better alternative for me. I also noticed that this is listed as having a slighly inferior chip to the G7. I would be very grateful for your advice. Screen quality and Reicast are the tywo main deal breakers for me, strong WiFi range would also be quite nice, also do you have any word on when it might be arriving at retailers?

Both have the same RK3188-T.

I agree with bedbug1226. Analogs are much better in g7. Dpad is better in q88S though, so depending on which option you use most, both can be fine.
No word on release then just yet?
 I can live with nubs, I used to have a PSP and the D-Pad sounds great for my needs (MAME, SNES, NES, Genesis, Neo Geo)
 Everywhere I have looked it lists the G7 as 1.6 GHz with a RK3188. I read up on the "T" model and found that this was used as a cheaper option and only runs at 1.4 GHz. This does seem a little deceptive on their part BUT if the thing runs as well as everybody says it does... Who cares?! So if the Q88S is a G7 with nubs, a better screen and in my opinion, much better aesthetics... I will wait for it to arrive in stores.
 Thanks for the input guys, very much appreciated.

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Re: GPD Q88S (q88+) First impressions
« Reply #16 on: June 18, 2014, 05:08:57 pm »
Okay okay one more question, how does the the device measure in depth? Thinner than the S7300?
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skelton (OP)

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Re: GPD Q88S (q88+) First impressions
« Reply #17 on: June 18, 2014, 06:00:03 pm »

S7300 is a bit thinner I think, though not sure, because I don't have a s7300 anynore, though q88 is much more ergonomic in my opinion.
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Re: GPD Q88S (q88+) First impressions
« Reply #18 on: June 22, 2014, 01:15:29 pm »
why destroy a perfectly good control set that the gpd g7 had, sometimes it seems that Chinese manufacturers are so out of touch with the market. The G7 had excellent analogs which everybody loved, yet they removed them. Do they ever read forums or take feedback? because this simply breaks what could have otherwise been a great gaming device. sigh.

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Re: GPD Q88S (q88+) First impressions
« Reply #19 on: June 22, 2014, 02:38:32 pm »
why destroy a perfectly good control set that the gpd g7 had, sometimes it seems that Chinese manufacturers are so out of touch with the market. The G7 had excellent analogs which everybody loved, yet they removed them. Do they ever read forums or take feedback? because this simply breaks what could have otherwise been a great gaming device. sigh.

I agree, though dpad in q88S is tooooo much better than g7 dpad. So depending what you play most, it's choosing among one or the other. I personally prefer q88S fro retro gaming, but I only play emulators, so analog are not important to me.

They should make a device with this dpad and g7 analogs.
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