Anbernic RG351M Tips, Help and Resources
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Anbernic RG351M Tips, Help and Resources

Today we’re gonna take a look at Anbernic’s new premium retro gaming handheld, the RG351M.

The following are the specifications for the RG351M:

CPU: RK3326 1.5GHz (it may be 1.3GHz, not 1.5Ghz – See discussions here)
GPU: Mali-G31 MP2
OS: EmuElec v3.8 (not OpenDingux)
3.5″ IPS display (320×480 on the RG351M, 640×480 on the RG351V)
Aluminum alloy shell on the RG351M / Plastic on the RG351V
Built-in WiFi
3500mAh Battery on the RG351M (~8 hrs.) & 3900mAh on the RG351V (~8 hrs.)
Colors: Black / Gray (RG351M) or Transparent Black, Gray and Wood-Grain on the RG351V.
microSD 64GB Storage (up to 256GB) on the RG351M / 16GB Firmware & 64GB Games microSD on the RG351V (x2 microSD slots).

Helpful Tips

Tip Details
Safe Shutdown Holding down the power button to shutdown the RG351 will result in a dirty shutdown which could result in file corruption. Instead, from the Main Menu press the Select button and press A on SHUTDOWN SYSTEM, then YES. This will cleanly shutdown and power off your device.
Charging RG351M For charging the RG351M, you should use a power adapter that supplies 5volts/2Amps ( Example here ).
Larger microSD card The included microSD will suffice for getting started, but you may prefer a more reputable brand, such as: SamsungSanDisk or Gigastone. Or if you want to try out alternate operating systems such as ArkOS.

Button Layout and Settings

The following will identify the button layout on the RG351M as well as demonstrate the general button functions and System / Emulator operations. The button layout below corresponds to the EmuElec button layout (OS included with the RG351M) and may differ with alternate operating systems. The buttons shown in the diagram below correspond to the bold items shown in the tables.

Anbernic RG351M Tips, Help and Resources
RG351M Button Layout

General Button Operations

Button Function Button Function
1 L1 7 D-Pad (Up/Down/Left/Right)
2 L2 8 Action Buttons A/B/X/Y
3 R2 9 Volume Control
4 R1 10 Left Analog Stick or Press Down
for L3
5 Select 11 Right Analog Stick or Press Down
for L4
6 Start 12 Reset

Main System Interface

Once entering the main interface, see the table below for key operations.

Button Button Location
A 8 Enter or confirm
B 8 Return / Cancel or bring up a Quick menu
Start 6 Main Menu Settings – Game, UI, Network, etc. Start again to return.
Select 5 Restart or Shutdown settings.. B (8) to return. *NOTE – use this to properly shutdown the system.
L2 / R2 2 /3 Skip left/right through emulator list
D-Pad Left / Right 7 Cycle through Emulators

Emulator Selected

Once an emulator is selected from the main menu, the following will apply.

System Function Notes
Emulator Selected Select (11) Enters the options menu. Press once to enter the Options, a 2nd time to exit. Options allow changing the sort, list style and more.
Game List L2 (2) / R2 (3) Press L2 or R2 to page up/down through the game list.

Game Operation

Once an emulator has been selected and a game launched, the following table will apply.

Emulator Action Notes
Save State R3 (11) + R1 (4) Saves the state in the current game (RetroArch emulators only).
Load State R3 (11) +L1 (1) Loads the previously saved game state (RetroArch emulators only).
Show FPS (Frames per seconds) R3 (11)+ R2 (3) Shows / hides Frames per seconds (FPS).
Wheel Volume up/down (9) Adjust the volume level up/down
Arcade (FBA, MAME, Capcom, etc.) Select (5) Insert coin
Arcade (FBA, MAME, Capcom, etc.) Start (6) Start the game
Exit MAME R3 (11) If in-game, move down and select Exit. Otherwise, the game will exit after pressing the action button.
Exit RetroArch Emulators Press L3 (10) / R3 (11) at the same time After pressing the action buttons, select Close Content and press A. Then press up and select Quit RetroArch.
DS (Drastic) Enter Configuration menu Press the L3 (10) button. Use the D-Pad buttons (7) to navigate the options.
DS (Drastic) Exit Emulator Start (6) + A (8)

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