The OnexPlayer OneXFly is trying prefer it is likely to be bringing every little thing I need collectively in a contemporary handheld gaming PC. I am ready to get my arms on a evaluate unit forward of the launch of the brand new light-weight system, however I’ve simply acquired hold of some new photos which make it look far more transportable than the likes of the Steam Deck or ROG Ally.

Utilizing the identical AMD Radeon Ryzen 7 7840U because the AOKZOE A1 Professional I lately reviewed, the OneXFly must carry out across the similar as each it and the ROG Ally. Which is to say it must be a supremely succesful cellular gaming slab.

However the important thing distinction is that the OneXFly has been wrapped in a much smaller chassis, theoretically making it simpler to slide in a pocket (although I would suggest sporting a belt—this factor nonetheless weighs over half a kilo). That smaller scale is straight away apparent from the side-by-side comparability shots up towards the ROG Ally, and actually makes it look much more like these wee game controllers that you simply stick on both finish of your telephone.

I by no means actually thought the ROG Ally was too huge in my time utilizing it, however I’d completely welcome the smaller measurement. I have been commonly utilizing the bigger A1 Professional since testing it, and whereas I am into the system itself, it does really feel far too chonky to be the kind of factor you’ll be able to simply slip right into a bag in your means out the door. It barely even matches within the oversize Steam Deck carry case I’ve co-opted for it.

There would not appear to be a compromise right here for the size, both. The complete specs sheet I have been given makes it clear that you simply’re really getting improved {hardware} over Asus’ personal highend handheld. Onexplayer is utilizing LPDDR5X-7500, a step up in reminiscence phrases in contrast with the LPDDR5-6400 of the Ally, which must carry out on the similar temperature and below the identical energy calls for, too. 

It is also rocking a barely greater capability 48Wh battery versus the 40Wh batteries of the Ally and Steam Deck. Truthfully, I doubt that is actually going to translate into a lot in the best way of an extended battery life in actual phrases. That was where the AOKZOE A1 Professional stands out with its 65Wh battery.

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Nevertheless it’s the display that I am actually trying ahead to testing on the OneXFly. On the floor it appears very very similar to the 7-inch 120Hz 1080p show of the ROG Ally, however OnexPlayer has gone for a far slimmer bezel on its new handheld. And whenever you put it and the Ally cheek-by-jowl it really makes the thick edging across the Asus’ panel look borderline ridiculous.

It is possibly not fairly as vibrant, however its reported 450nits peak luminance is not actually that far off the ROG Ally’s 500nits ranking. And I used to be a giant fan of that display.

The opposite place the OneXFly has the sting over the Ally is in connectivity stakes. I really like the very fact OnexPlayer has dropped full Kind-A USB ports onto its handhelds, however the OneXFly can also be rocking a pair of full USB 4.0 Kind-C connections, too.

I do have considerations, nonetheless. 

Probably the most essential one is about thermals. One of many issues I like concerning the chonky boi A1 Professional is that it stays cool and quiet even when it is being taxed; the ROG Ally had an inclination to get just a little shouty, although not in the identical league because the Steam Deck it needs to be stated.

OneXFly handheld gaming PC

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However the ROG Ally additionally has an admitted problem with heating as much as such an extent that it does dangerous issues to the MicroSD slot in its base. That is not a superb look, and with the OneXFly’s slighter body that does not go away lots of room for cooling inside. There is a sure trepidation that both the OneXFly may get too sizzling or too loud, or worse, each.

My expertise with the OnexConsole software program on the A1 Professional wasn’t nice both. So I am eager to see what’s modified with the brand new launch. 

I am informed by OnexPlayer reps that the OneXFly “incorporates a body fee adaptive energy consumption characteristic, mechanically adjusting energy consumption primarily based on the operating game setting.” And that sounds slightly promising for those who’re operating a game that is not demanding each little bit of that AMD APU at its coronary heart. However the software program does really feel just a little clunky in its present iteration. 

Nonetheless, I am excited to get my arms on the brand new handheld. It positively appears like essentially the most transportable gaming PC I’ve seen to date, and ticks all my packing containers for the {hardware}, too. The one remaining questions are going to be round pricing and availability, fingers crossed we get these particulars quickly sufficient.