Ayaneo unveils retro sci-fi themed external GPU dock — handheld PC maker expands to another new category

Ayaneo AG01
(Image credit: @AYANEO__ -- X (Twitter))

Ayaneo, known for making high-end handheld gaming PCs, is shifting into the external GPU market. The company released a teaser of its first upcoming GPU dock on X (Twitter), dubbed the Ayaneo AG01 graphics dock and featuring an 80's retro sci-fi aesthetic.

Ayaneo is leaning heavily into the aesthetics of its new GPU dock — much more so than its competitors. While competitors have gone with simplistic, stealthy color schemes, Ayaneo wants to make its GPU dock a spectacle. The AG01 features a retro-style spaceship design with a two-tone matte black and maroon finish. A circular design on the edge of the dock sporting an RGB ring light makes the dock look sort of like a Star Wars spaceship.

Because this is just a teaser, Ayaneo did not release any specifications — including the GPU inside. We don't even have details on what sort of I/O the dock will be packing. That said, if Ayaneo is targeting its closets competition, the GPD G1, we can assume the specs will line up similarly. The GPD G1 is a highly compact GPU dock sporting a mobile AMD RX 7600M XT with 8GB of GDDR6 that can be used with Thunderbolt 3/4, USB 4, or Oculink-compatible devices.

The main purpose of the AG01 is to bring additional graphical horsepower to Ayaneo's existing lineup of handheld gaming PCs. A mid-range mobile GPU might not sound like a lot of GPU horsepower when many eGPU docks can house full-blown desktop graphics cards — however, a discrete GPU of any kind is a massive upgrade for handheld gaming PCs, which come strictly with integrated graphics (save that one Razer tablet from over a decade ago that came with a GT 640M LE GPU).

Ayaneo will be releasing more details on the new AG01 GPU dock in 10 days on May 18, during its Remake Sharing Session.

Aaron Klotz
Freelance News Writer

Aaron Klotz is a freelance writer for Tom’s Hardware US, covering news topics related to computer hardware such as CPUs, and graphics cards.