Nintendo Switch-Like Gaming Tablet Runs Windows 10

When the Switch launched earlier this year, it offered something quite unique. A games console that’s also a handheld with the player choosing how to use it. Nintendo is even keeping track of how we use the Switch . But of course, whenever something novel appears and proves popular it gets copied, and the Switch is no exception.

launched earlier this year, it offered something quite unique. A games console that’s also a handheld with the player choosing how to use it. Nintendo is even

. But of course, whenever something novel appears and proves popular it gets copied, and the Switch is no exception.

The first Switch-like tablet we’ve seen comes from, you guessed it, a Chinese manufacturer by the name of Vastking. The device is called the Vastking 800 and it differs from the Switch in a number of key ways while retaining the same large display with detachable controllers format.

As Notebook Italia (translated) reports, the Vastking 800 uses an 8-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1920-by-1080 and two detachable controllers that communicate with the tablet using Wi-Fi, there is no physical communication methos even when they are attached. Inside, the tablet uses an Apollo Lake Pentium N4200 running at 1.1GHz, between 2-6GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 2MP camera.

(translated) reports, the Vastking 800 uses an 8-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1920-by-1080 and two detachable controllers that communicate with the tablet using Wi-Fi, there is no physical communication methos even when they are attached. Inside, the tablet uses an Apollo Lake Pentium N4200 running at 1.1GHz, between 2-6GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 2MP camera.

Connectivity includes 802.11ne WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0. There is also a G-Sensor (gyroscope), USB 3.0, micro HDMI out, a 3.5mm audio jack, and USB Type-C for charging embedded 3,400mAh battery. It’s also possible to expand the storage by adding an SSD (the format is not know right now).

Notebook Italia also got to see the gaming device in action at the Global Sources Electronics Fair 2017 in Hong Kong:

The Vastking 800 certainly won’t play Nintendo Switch games, especially as it runs Windows 10. However, that does open it up to playing lots of games if it has access to digital download stores such as Steam, GOG, or EA’s Origin service.

If this device follows the same course as other gaming tablets, then the manufacturer will load it up with emulators and access to game roms and ship it as a retro gaming device. The fact it has detachable controllers is simply a nod to the design of the Switch, but will prove useful for multiplayer gaming.

Anyone interested in picking up the Vastking 800 will have to wait for further details as neither the price or release window have been revealed yet.

My biggest concern about the tablet is the battery. When you consider the Switch uses a 6.2-inch display and uses a 4,310mAh battery to get 3-5 hours of use, imagine how long an 8-inch higher resolution display running Windows 10 is going to last between charges relying on a 3,400mAh battery.

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Nintendo’s latest Zelda -playing device, the Switch, is having no problems essentially printing money for the Japanese gaming juggernaut. Its novel design that bridges the gap between portable and home console by essentially being both at the same time has clearly struck a chord with the modern gamer, and even 8 months after its release, stores are still reporting issues getting enough of the machines to meet demand.

-playing device, the Switch, is having no problems essentially printing money for the Japanese gaming juggernaut. Its novel design that bridges the gap between portable and home console by essentially being both at the same time has clearly struck a chord with the modern gamer, and even 8 months after its release, stores are still reporting issues getting enough of the machines to meet demand.

But for our money, we’d rather have the Raspberry Pi powered version that [Tim Lindquist] slaved over for his summer project . Every part of the finished device (which he refers to as the “NinTIMdo RP”) looks professional, from the incredible job he did designing and printing the case down to the small details like the 5 LED display on the top edge that displays volume and battery level. For those of you wondering, his version even allows you to connect it to a TV; mimicking the handheld to console conversion of the real thing.

. Every part of the finished device (which he refers to as the “NinTIMdo RP”) looks professional, from the incredible job he did designing and printing the case down to the small details like the 5 LED display on the top edge that displays volume and battery level. For those of you wondering, his version even allows you to connect it to a TV; mimicking the handheld to console conversion of the real thing.

[Tim] has posted a fascinating time-lapse video of building the NinTIMdo RP on YouTube that covers every step of the process. It starts with a look at the 3D model he created in Autodesk Inventor, and then goes right into the post-printing prep work where he cleans up the printed holes with a Dremel and installs brass threaded inserts for strength. The bulk of the video shows the insane amount of hardware he managed to pack inside the case, a true testament to how much thought was put into the design.

For the software side, the Raspberry Pi is running the ever popular RetroPie along with the very slick EmulationStation front-end . There’s also a Teensy microcontroller on board that handles the low-level functions such as controlling volume, updating the LED display, and mapping the physical buttons to a USB HID device the Raspberry Pi can understand.

. There’s also a Teensy microcontroller on board that handles the low-level functions such as controlling volume, updating the LED display, and mapping the physical buttons to a USB HID device the Raspberry Pi can understand.

The Teensy source code as well as the 3D models of the case have been put up on GitHub , but for a project like this that’s just the tip of the iceberg. [Tim] does mention that he’s currently working on creating a full build tutorial though; so if Santa doesn’t leave a Switch under the tree for you this year, maybe he can at least give you a roll of filament and enough electronics to build your own.

, but for a project like this that’s just the tip of the iceberg. [Tim] does mention that he’s currently working on creating a full build tutorial though; so if Santa doesn’t leave a Switch under the tree for you this year, maybe he can at least give you a roll of filament and enough electronics to build your own.

While this isn’t the first time a Raspberry Pi has dressed up as a Nintendo console , it may represent the first time somebody has tried to replicate a current-generation gaming device with one.

, it may represent the first time somebody has tried to replicate a current-generation gaming device with one.