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AMD's Ryzen 4000 APU Powers New Handheld Gaming Console

Aya Neo Founder Edition (Image credit: Aya Device)

One eagle-eye Redditor has spotted that the Aya Neo Founder Edition has gone up for preorder in China. The handheld gaming console will compete with the Nintendo Switch and other rivals, including the Smach Z and the GPD Win Max.

The Aya Neo Founder Edition focuses on gaming portability and possesses a design that's similar to the mainstream Nintendo Switch. The device measures 255 x 106 x 20mm and weights in at 650g. It features a transparent body and --in a nod to the PC gaming word -- RGB lighting.

While you may dig or dislike the design, the Aya Neo Founder Edition's true value lies in its hardware. AMD's Ryzen 5 4500U (codename Renoir) APU is responsible for both processor and graphical workloads. In case you're not familiar with the 7nm APU, the Ryzen 5 4500U is a hexa-core 15W chip that's based on the Zen 2 microarchitecture. It lacks simultaneous multithreading (SMT), but boasts an impressive boost clock speed up to 4 GHZ. The cooling solution appears to employ two copper heat pipes, which are 8mm in diameter, attached to a copper radiator that relies on a small cooling fan.

On the graphics end, the Ryzen 5 4500U is equipped with six Vega Compute Units (CUs) running up to 1,500 MHz, which should be more than enough to push modern AAA titles at the resolution that the Aya Neo Founder Edition displays.

Aya Neo Founder Edition (Image credit: Aya Device)

The Aya Neo Founder Edition ships with 16GB of LPDDR4X-4266 memory. Customers have the option to choose between a 512GB or 1TB NVMe SSD. The drive appears to be the SN550 M.2 2280 SSD from Western Digital.

The handheld gaming device features a 7-inch IPS touch display that boasts a resolution of 1280 x 800 with a 215 ppi density. The Aya Neo Founder Edition is based on Windows 10, so the button layout is similar to an Xbox controller, with the addition of an array of task-specific buttons. There's also a gyroscope and gravity sensor present in the design.

The Aya Neo Founder Edition features a pair of stereo speakers, but there's also a standard 3.5mm audio jack for connecting your headphones. In regards to connectivity, the device provides three USB-C ports, Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0. As a result, you can pair a standard wired or wireless keyboard or mouse with the Aya Neo Founder Edition so you can navigate and perform ordinary Windows tasks. Lastly, the miniature gaming device comes with a 47 Whr battery and supports 65W fast charging.

The 512GB version of the Aya Neo Founder Edition sells for around $600, while the 1TB version costs $680. Currently, the company only sells the device in the Chinese market and doesn't accept overseas orders. However, the creator is contemplating whether to start an Indiegogo campaign so that its interested customers outside China can get their hands on the device at a fair price.

  • w_barath
    This is cool. Overkill, but cool. I'm guessing you can use it as an UCFF PC with cables as well, so this could even be productive lol.

    So far though the maker's videos point to early prototypes which appear to use streaming, not an actual working device.
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  • oxenham
    So it's over 25cm long, has a 7" screen but a resolution of only 1200x800, and it costs $600? somehow I don't think this is going to be a top seller.
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  • neojack
    how does this compare to having a smartphone and using a gamepad ?
    for people really wanting an x86 handled gaming solution i guess.

    funny the comes at the same time as the new AMD embedded CPU's (see the other news on TH) , wich would probably be a better fit for this product.
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  • atomicWAR
    oxenham said:
    So it's over 25cm long, has a 7" screen but a resolution of only 1200x800, and it costs $600? somehow I don't think this is going to be a top seller.

    While more expensive this isn't to differnent to the switche's form factor. Sure it has a little more heft but I know as a PC gamer, primarily I do buy/play all the consoles as well, it would interest me. The resolution is expected for something with that amount of horse power. Realistically your not going to be able to play most newer games at more then 720-800P anyways. If the price dropped to 550...I'd be sold. Even if to mess around with it for a few months and then gift it to one of my nieces or nephews.
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  • ChaosFenix
    I actually think this form factor would be really good for PC gaming. I would like to several manufacturers standardize the form factor similar to how board manufacturers have different standards. But that way you could have differing hardware that could use the same accessories like docks. Valve could revive their steam machine idea and have this thing run ubuntu or something with steam launching in big picture mode right out of the box. Linux gaming is so much better than it was 5+ years ago. Having this form factor would also give people a reason to buy them unlike old steam machines that were no different than throwing SteamOS on a PC. I could also see these coming from Razer and Asus. Both have decent hardware divisions.
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  • ChaosFenix
    I actually think this form factor would be really good for PC gaming. I would like to several manufacturers standardize the form factor similar to how board manufacturers have different standards. But that way you could have differing hardware that could use the same accessories like docks. Valve could revive their steam machine idea and have this thing run ubuntu or something with steam launching in big picture mode right out of the box. Linux gaming is so much better than it was 5+ years ago. Having this form factor would also give people a reason to buy them unlike old steam machines that were no different than throwing SteamOS on a PC. I could also see these coming from Razer and Asus. Both have decent hardware divisions.
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