Upgraded Aya Neo Professional prices nearly double the costliest Steam Deck

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Aya Neo up to date its Indiegogo crowdfunding marketing campaign with pricing and availability for its upgraded Aya Neo Professional handheld gaming PC, and it prices considerably greater than the highest Steam Deck mannequin. Extra particularly, the asking value is about at $1,215, with shipments going out in mid-September.

For anybody who missed out on early Steam Deck reservations (or is in any other case bored with Valve’s {hardware} for no matter purpose), the Aya Neo stays one of many finest handheld PC gaming options. Nevertheless, there’s a sizable value distinction, particularly for the Professional mannequin.

What you get when splurging on the Aya Neo Professional is a Ryzen 7 4800U, an 8-core/16-thread APU with a 1.8GHz base clock, 4.2GHz max increase clock, and 8MB of L3 cache. Just like the customized silicon contained in the Steam Deck, it’s primarily based on AMD’s Zen 2 structure. The common Aya Neo ships with a Ryzen 5 4500U APU (6C/6T, 2.3GHz to 4GHZ, 8MB L3 cache).

It additionally comes with 1TB of built-in storage, whereas the bottom mannequin (learn: non-Professional) might be bought with 512GB of storage for $925 or 1TB for $1,015. Aya Neo plans to supply a 2TB variant of the Aya Neo Professional sooner or later, however particulars on pricing and availability haven’t but been introduced.

In evaluating the Aya Neo Professional to the Steam Deck, the customized Zen 2 silicon inside Valve’s handheld sports activities 4 cores and eight threads, so that you get a meatier CPU with the Aya Neo Professional, and double (or extra) the storage. On the graphics aspect, nevertheless, the Steam Deck’s RDNA 2 GPU is newer and extra muscular than the built-in Vega graphics within the Aya Neo Professional.

As soon as once more, Aya Neo is providing two coloration selections: Darkish Star (black) and Mild Moon (white). As well as, there’s additionally an Aya Neo Professional Retro Energy with 1TB of storage for $1,315. The {hardware} is similar, however goals for a “traditional handheld coloration scheme, with gentle grey physique, darkish grey D-pad, purple face buttons, and olive-green shoulder buttons,” together with an included matching dock (the dock is bought individually for the non-Retro fashions).

For those who’re , you’ll be able to preorder the Aya Neo Professional from the Aya Retailer.

Paul Lilly

Paul has been taking part in PC video games and raking his knuckles on pc {hardware} for the reason that Commodore 64. He doesn’t have any tattoos, however thinks it will be cool to get one which reads LOAD”*”,8,1. In his off time, he rides bikes and wrestles alligators (solely a type of is true).