AYA Neo is on an absolute tear in terms of new handheld PC gaming console launches and bulletins. It seems to be just like the technique is to supply various fashions and options at virtually each worth level. Earlier this week, for instance, we wrote concerning the Air Plus powered by AMD’s Mendocino platform, beginning at $289. Following up on that, AYA Neo is now speaking up a extra highly effective Geek 2 handheld.
AMD’s Mendocino launch is an fascinating product launch, in that it serves up Zen 2 CPU cores with RDNA 2 graphics aimed primarily at decrease price laptops. It’s evidently already discovered its technique to the hand held PC gaming house, although if a not too long ago leaked block diagram seems to be correct, it may not have all that a lot graphics firepower to throw at video games—simply two compute items (CUs). For reference, the Steam Deck is constructed round a customized Aerith SoC that pairs Zen 2 cores with eight RDNA 2 CUs.
Well, the Geek 2 seems to be like it will likely be considerably extra highly effective than the Air Plus, and sooner than the Steam Deck as effectively. AYA Neo confirmed two configurations—one with a Ryzen 7 6800U and one with a Ryzen 5 6600U.
Both of these are based mostly on AMD’s Zen 3+ structure. The extra highly effective of the 2, the Ryzen 7 6800U, is an 8-core/16-thread APU with a 2.7GHz base clock, 4.7GHz max enhance clock, 16MB of L3 cache, and a Radeon 680M GPU based mostly on RDNA 2 with 12 CUs (768 stream processors) clocked at as much as 2.2GHz.
The Ryzen 5 6600U, in the meantime, is a 6-core/12-thread APU with a 2.9GHz base clock, 4.5GHz max enhance clock, 16MB of L3 cache, and a Radeon 660M with six CUs (384 steam processors) working at as much as 1.9GHz.
Other specs embrace 16GB of RAM, 512GB or 1TB of built-in storage, Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, USB4 connectivity, a microSD card slot, a fingerprint sensor, and a 7-inch show with both a 700p or 1200p decision. On the software program aspect, it helps Windows 11 and AYANEO OS.
There’s some respectable firepower on faucet right here. The caveat is the pricing, although it isn’t absurd. The Ryzen 5 6600U mannequin will begin at $699 within the US, or $619 if taking part within the crowdfunding marketing campaign and leaping on an early bird order. Meanwhile, the Ryzen 7 6800U will run $799 and sure decrease for early bird pricing as effectively. Those will not be too far off from the top-end Steam Deck configuration, which runs $649.