AOKZOE. A-ok, Zoe. Oak Zoe. I am not completely certain learn how to pronounce this handheld PC’s identify, however I can a minimum of verify that its new A1 Professional handheld seems to be mighty due to the Ryzen 7 7840U stuffed inside it.

The AOKZOE A1 Professional is a handheld gaming PC that appears loads like some other. It comes with an 8-inch display screen, flanked by analogue sticks, however this one does include some patches of RGB lighting. Admittedly, I really feel these will virtually all the time be coated by your palms as you play, however there’s power-sucking RGB. Let that be identified.

Let’s be trustworthy, the principle draw of this handheld is the chip powering it: the Ryzen 7 7840U.

That is principally the identical as the highest ROG Ally, which is utilizing a semi-custom model known as the Ryzen Z1 Excessive. Each share an eight-core Zen 4 CPU with 12 CU RDNA 3 GPU, and that is an enormous step up on the AMD chip powering the Steam Deck.

For all that energy, the AOKZOE A1 Professional can run a 1920 x 1200 pixel display screen—one other massive improve over the Steam Deck.

AOKZOE has dropped a handful of benchmarks to present a tough concept of the efficiency you possibly can count on out of this handheld. Simply be aware a great few of those benchmarks are working on the identical decision to the Steam Deck, and never on the handheld’s native res.

AOKZOE A1 Pro game benchmarks

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The AOKZOE A1 Professional will launch on April 30 at 8am PT (4pm BST) on Indiegogo, forward of the ROG Ally’s launch date of Might 11, however I doubt you may get this console in your fingers earlier than somebody that buys the ROG Ally at launch. 

There are a couple of fashions to select from:

  • 7840U | 64GB RAM | 2TB SSD – $1,159
  • 7840U | 32GB RAM | 2TB SSD – $959
  • 7840U | 32GB RAM | 1TB SSD – $859
  • 7840U | 32GB RAM | 512GB SSD – $799

The cheaper mannequin can be $100 greater than the rumoured worth of the highest ROG Ally, however would include 32GB of LPDDR5 RAM, which is double what Asus is providing. The A1 Professional is notably heavier, nonetheless, at 729g to 608g, and that can matter once you’re taking part in on this factor whereas mendacity in mattress. Even the Steam Deck can really feel a bit onerous to game on above your head and it is simply 669g.

AOKZOE A1 Pro in use

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Steam in your fingers

Steam Deck with an image from Elden Ring overlayed on the screen

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A whole lot of that further weight is probably going right down to the monster battery the A1 Professional is sporting. With a full 65Wh battery in it, with a 17,100mAh score, that is method prematurely of the 40Wh, 5200mAh battery contained in the Steam Deck. We do not know what the ROG Ally is packing on the battery entrance but, however on condition that it is lighter than Valve’s handheld, I would not count on this stage of battery.

That alone could possibly be an enormous plus for the A1 Professional over both Deck or Ally.

However you might be getting another choice for a transportable PC right here, and I am eager to see how this technology of handhelds stack up in opposition to the Steam Deck. The principle factor for me is how nicely they will utilise Home windows with solely a pair analogue sticks and a contact display screen. That OS shouldn’t be the most convenient in cramped areas, neither is it going to be as well-optimised because the Steam Deck’s SteamOS. However hey, if they will make it work, there’s a variety of efficiency to unlock right here.