This tiny gaming laptop weighs just 1.1 pounds — and it runs Fortnite [update]

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Update April 24: GPD officially launched the mini gaming laptop with an "Xbox 360 controller" built into it. The laptop is not yet available and pricing was not revealed. 

Gaming laptops, packed with powerful processors and GPUs to support intense graphics, are usually chunky beasts jam-packed with top-notch hardware. But the GPD Win Max -- a new mini gaming laptop with an 8-inch display -- seems puny next to its beefier competitors.

The GPD Win Max -- powered with a 10th-gen Intel Core i5-1035G7 Ice Lake processor with Iris Plus integrated graphics (Iris Plus 940) and 16GB of RAM -- can't stack up against performance-dominant gaming laptops with top-tier Nvidia RTX graphics cards, but its tiny digital footprint is an eye-catching draw for gamers seeking a more portable device.

According to Notebookcheck, the tiny gaming laptop delivered some nifty frame rates for popular games.

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, 47-55 frames per second (fps)
  • Borderlands 3, 45-57 fps
  • Fortnite 2, 46-74 fps
  • Apex Legends, 42-67 fps
  • PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, 68-95 fps
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, 28-195 fps
  • Bioshock Infinite, 92-105 fps

For some titles, though, the performance falters on the GPD Win Max.

Devil May 5, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Gears 5 could only see 18-35 fps, 29-34 fps and 29-41 fps, respectively.

The mini gaming laptop sports dimensions of 8.1 x 5.5 in x 1 inches and weighs 1.8 pounds, according to Liliputing. Stand-out features of the GDP Win Max are the left-and-right joysticks, D-pad and A, B, X and Y keys sitting right above the keyboard. On each side of the computer, there are two shoulder buttons. 

The device also sports several ports: USB Type-C, Thunderbolt 3, two USB 3.1 Type-A ports and HDMI 2.0b.

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The 8-inch, mini gaming laptop with alluring built-in controls is expected to ship later this year after an upcoming crowdfunding campaign.

Kimberly Gedeon

Kimberly Gedeon, holding a Master's degree in International Journalism, launched her career as a journalist for MadameNoire's business beat in 2013. She loved translating stuffy stories about the economy, personal finance and investing into digestible, easy-to-understand, entertaining stories for young women of color. During her time on the business beat, she discovered her passion for tech as she dove into articles about tech entrepreneurship, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the latest tablets. After eight years of freelancing, dabbling in a myriad of beats, she's finally found a home at Laptop Mag that accepts her as the crypto-addicted, virtual reality-loving, investing-focused, tech-fascinated nerd she is. Woot!