Retroid Pocket 2
TypeHandheld video game console
GenerationEighth generation
Release dateSeptember 2020
Operating systemAndroid
CPUMediaTek MT6580 (RP2)
Unisoc Tiger T310 (RP2+) @ 1.5GHZ
Removable storageSD card

The Retroid Pocket 2 is an Android-based handheld video game console created in China by GoRetroid and released in September 2020. An emulation console, it is capable of playing games from various handheld and non-handheld systems, including all consoles up to the Dreamcast. It cannot play normal video game cartridges and is a ROM-only device, legal in China but a legal grey area in the United States, where it is often imported. It is the successor to the Retroid Pocket, and has emerged as a prominent handheld console for retrogaming alongside the Anbernic RG351.[1] It is priced at US$84.99, however, an upgraded version, the Retroid Pocket 2+, was released in early 2022, featuring a touchscreen, stronger CPU and RAM, and higher-quality buttons, at a slightly higher price point of US$99.[2] Critics praised its low price and build quality, but its outdated Android version (later updated), front end interface, low battery life, and offset analog sticks were noted as points of contention.


The Retroid Pocket 2 and its upgraded version both maintain a horizontal form-factor and plastic shell. They also both support Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, and have a screen resolution of 640x480 with a 4:3 aspect ratio, with a Micro HDMI connector to output to large screens.[3] On release, the Pocket 2 only supported Android 6, but it was updated to Android 8.1 in October 2021. The Retroid Pocket 2+ supports Android 9.0.[1][2]

The system has 3 to 5 hours of battery life per charge.[4]


Will Greenwald of PCMag gave the Retroid Pocket 2 3.5/5 points, praising its "excellent" build quality and responsive controls, but saying it was difficult to set up properly. He called the price point reasonable, and compared its button layout to the Nintendo Switch when in portable mode. However, he criticized the system's stock interface as "clunky and awkward", and also disliked the pre-loaded RetroidOS, which contained ROMs that were in Chinese due to a "dubious legal loophole". He suggested using the open-source Pegasus front end, but called it a "huge pain" to set up. He also called the battery life unimpressive.[4]

Matt S. of Digitally Downloaded said that while the system was more versatile than the RG350M, it was worse in other areas, calling the emulator organization "chaotic" and noting its plastic construction compared to the aluminum shell of the Anbernic device, as well as having stiffer face buttons. However, he also noted the positive addition of a HDMI output and wireless play.[3]

Damien McFerran of Nintendo Life called the system's Android OS a "double-edged sword" compared to the Anbernic RG351, saying that while it was much more versatile than EmuELEC and 351ELEC, it was sluggish due to the system's weak hardware and required constantly switching to a pointer due to the lack of touch screen. However, he called the extra scope appealing, praising the playability of Android games like AM2R. He criticized the lack of dual analog sticks and a weaker D-pad than the Anbernic.[5]

Brandon Saltalamacchia of Retro Dodo rated the system 9/10, called the system one of the best retro handhelds to date, saying that it "far exceeded our expectations". However, he criticized the need to "constantly change settings" to play certain games.[1] He gave the Retroid Pocket 2+ the same score, saying that it had become the best retro handheld under $100.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Saltalamacchia, Brandon (2020-07-21). "Retroid Pocket 2 Review". Retro Dodo. Retrieved 2022-01-16.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ a b c Saltalamacchia, Brandon (2022-01-12). "Retroid Pocket 2+ Review". Retro Dodo. Retrieved 2022-01-16.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ a b S., Matt (2020-10-23). "The Retroid Pocket 2: The new standard for retro game fans?". Digitally Downloaded. Retrieved 2022-01-16.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ a b Greenwald, Will (2020-10-16). "Retroid Pocket 2 Review". PCMag. Retrieved 2022-01-16.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ McFerran, Damien (2021-07-02). "Hands On: Retro Handheld Face-Off - Anbernic R351 Vs Retroid Pocket 2". Nintendo Life. Retrieved 2022-01-16.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)