Crowdfunded portable PC console SMACH Z will be entering full production in Q1 2019.

Funded nearly two years ago, the SMACH Z blasted past its original goal and raised $747,512, a staggering amount for a start-up company.

While the console was initially successful, it has seen its fair share of controversy. The internal specs of the original device have been completely changed in favor of all-new parts. What once was supposed to be powered on an AMD RX-412BD clocked at 2.1GHz and Radeon r7 GPU will feature a Ryzen V1605B SoC with AMD Radeon Vega 8 graphics.

Alongside this, many YouTube videos have attacked the upcoming device and the developers for lying about the product. Early photos of the internals for the SMACH Z showed that the internals were nothing more than generic laptop parts – this shouldn’t be the case in the final product.

When the SMACH Z is out of production, the first ones to receive the device will be the original Kickstarter backers. The device comes in two forms: the standard SMACH Z and the SMACH Z PRO. The former comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, the latter has 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and a 5MP camera. They currently cost £539.10 and £719.10 respectively.

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