Actually, Aya Neo announced two models: the Aya Neo 2021 Pro and the Aya Neo 2021 Pro Retro Power. This latest model is aimed at nostalgic gamers who spend most of their leisure time with emulators, so the package comes with a special docking station and special accessories reminiscent of consoles of old – all parts are kept in the same colors that were borrowed from the Nintendo NES.
Aya Neo 2021 Pro, Steam Deck’s rival portable console
Through its official Twitter account, the manufacturer has announced the official price that its new portable consoles will have: $ 1,215 for the 1 TB storage capacity model. It is important to note that there will not be a 512 GB Pro model, but the other version will be 2 TB of storage instead, so we’re talking about this being the price of the cheapest model and the one they will announce soon will be obviously more expensive. This places the Pro version of the console with a price tag $ 200 higher than the regular model that was already on the market.
The Aya Neo 2021 Pro handheld console will feature a custom AMD Ryzen 7 4800U APU with 8 cores and 16 processing threads (the original version had 6 cores and 6 threads with a Ryzen 5 4500U). The processor of this Pro model has a Turbo operating frequency of 4.2 GHz, 200 MHz more than the non-Pro console model, and which also equips 2 more iGPU computing units with a 250 MHz higher frequency ( 1.75 GHz). These changes should have quite a noticeable impact on console performance.
Apart from this, the Pro version will feature all the changes that were introduced in the 2021 model from the regular version, including the analog triggers, the updated wireless card with WiFi 6 and a better cooling system. Finally, it should be noted that as we mentioned before the Retro Power version will have a portable base, but they will also sell separately a 108W adapter and a mechanical keyboard, all with the same color scheme. This model will cost $ 100 more than the regular Pro version.
The “war of portable consoles” enters its climax
With the announcement of Valve’s Steam Deck and Nintendo’s Switch OLED, it seems that things are getting quite hot in the portable console realm and manufacturers seem to be competing to see who launches the most powerful model. Now it remains to be seen if this market niche finally generates interest among users, although it is true that the success of the Nintendo Switch is evident, as is that of the Steam Deck, which already has several tens of thousands of reservations.
Here is a comparative table of the hardware of the main portable consoles:
|Steam deck||One XPlayer|
|Architecture||AMD Zen2 & RDNA2||Intel Tiger Lake|
|SoC||AMD Van Gogh||Core i7-1185G7
|SoC CPU||4C / 8T @ 3.5 GHz||4C / 8T * 4.2 *, 4.7 **, 4.8 *** GHz|
|SoC GPU||AMD RDNA2 8 CUs @ 1.6 GHz||Xe-LP (Iris) 96 EUs @ 1.35 GHz|
|Memory||16GB LPDDR5-5500||16GB LPDDR4X-4266|
|Storage||64GB eMMC (PCIe Gen2x1)
256GB / 512GB NVMe (PCIe Gen3x4)
|512GB *, 1TB **, 2TB *** NVMe|
|Screen||7 ″ 1280 × 800 IPS||8.4 ″ 2560 × 1600 IPS|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5||Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5, USB 4.0 x2|
|Battery||40 Whr||15,300 mAh|
|Weight||669 g||820 g|
|Dimensions||29.8 x 11.7 x 4.9 cm||28.8 x 13.0 x 2.1 mm|
|Operating system||Steam OS 3.0 (Arch)||Windows 10|
|Launch price||$ 399 (64GB)
$ 529 (256GB)
$ 649 (512GB)
|Launch||End of 2021||June / July 2021|