The Aya Neo is apparently ready for release pending tweaks (Feb 26th for the first 900 pre-orders), and a few reviewers online have already received a founder edition for testing. It’s a regular handheld gaming PC, with the most powerful specs ever seen for this kind of format so far, using an AMD Ryzen processor. Judge for yourself:
|Display||7 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel IPS LCD, 5-point multitouch|
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 5 4500U 6-core/6-thread|
|GPU||AMD Radeon Vega 6|
|RAM||16GB DDR4-4266 LPDDR4X|
|Storage||512GB WD SN550 PCIe NVMe (M.2 2280)|
|Power||12,300 mAh, 47 Whr battery 65 W fast charging|
|USB Ports||3 x USB-C|
|Audio||Stereo speakers & 3.5mm audio|
|Wireless||WiFi 6 & Bluetooth 5.0|
|Cooling||Copper radiator 2 x 8mm copper heat pipes and Fan|
|Other||Built-in game controllers, gyroscope, gravity sensor|
|Dimensions||255mm x 106mm x 20mm|
|Weight||650 grams (~1.4 pounds)|
That thing is capable of running very recent AAA titles at 30 FPS as long as you are willing to go down in settings. On a 7 inch screen however in handheld format, such titles will look pretty good nevertheless.
It is also a beast for emulation, and it can emulate a Nintendo Switch! This is probably the first time something in the same kind of format can emulate another system so well.
Since this is like a regular PC, there should be no problem to install Linux on the Aya Neo from Day 1, so that you can use it not just for gaming but for just about anything as well.
In the indiegogo campaign supporters will be able to pre-purchase the Aya Neo for 699 USD, but the actual retail price of this handheld should be somewhat higher when it becomes widely available. In any case, it will be competing with the GPD Win 3 which is also in the same kind of format, albeit with an integrated sliding keyboard.
You can see below the full preview from ETA PRIME in video:
Even though the Smach Z seems to be pretty much dead now, it’s great to see that the idea of Handheld PC Gaming lives on with even better options year after year.
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