Antec Enters the handheld gaming market with Core HS, a rebadged Ayaneo Slide powered by the familiar Ryzen 7 7840U

Ayaneo-made Antec Core HS handheld console
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Antec has entered a partnership with handheld console maker Ayaneo, and is nearly ready to launch its first product under the name 'Core HS.' In short, it's the Ayaneo Slide under a different name, a design that features a sliding screen with up to 30-degree tilt, an integrated keyboard with RGB backlighting, and the eight-core, sixteen-thread AMD Ryzen 7 7840U that's been featured in many handhelds since December of last year. 

Antec's first handheld console with a keyboard and floating screen should be available in the European and North American markets in June and July, according to the source. These units will be priced between $600 and $900 USD, and ship with Windows 11. Antec didn't reveal the configuration it's offering, but the Ayaneo Slide lists the official pricing for its base configuration at $899 USD and the highest-spec version at $1,599 USD. Perhaps Antec will be selling two or maybe three configurations Ayaneo offers. 

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Specification- Ayaneo Slide
Screen Size6' 1080p High Brightness Wide Color Gamut IPS Floating Screen
Screen SpecificationsAdjustable screen angle | 368 PPI | 400nits | 120% Srgb color gamut volume
Row 2 - Cell 0 100% sRGB color gamut coverage | 85% DCI-P3
CPUAMD Ryzen 7 7840U
Storage16GB + 512GB
Row 5 - Cell 0 32 GB + 512GB
Row 6 - Cell 0 32 GB + 2TB
Row 7 - Cell 0 64GB + 4TB
SSDM.2 2280 PCIe 4.0 SSD
Row 10 - Cell 0 Supports up to single-sided 4TB
CoolingNew “3+2” Triple Copper Tube Cooling System
Maximum TDP28W
ColorSunrise White / Bright Black
KeyboardQWERTY full keyboard | Fn function keys | Supports RGB lighting effects
ControllerMaster controller
JoystickHall sensing joystick
TriggerLinear Hall Trigger
Vibration MotorX-axis Linear Motor
GyroscopeSix-axis gyroscope
Interface2* Full Function USB4 Type-C
Row 21 - Cell 0 1*SD 7.0 TD card slot | Read speed up to 700 MB/s (The actual reading speed depends o the TF card used)
Biometric FunctionPower Button integrated fingerprint recognition
Battery Capacity46.2 Wh (12,000 mAh)
Size226 x 90 x 28.5mm (37.5mm at controller)
WeightAbout 650g
ConnectivityWiFi 6E / BT 5.2
Software ManagementAYASpace 2
OSWindows 11 64-bit Home Edition

The Ayaneo Slide raised $327,149 from 347 backers via Indegogo earlier this year. The website shows it is still in the 'concept' stages. It's likely the Antec Core HS would have some (if not all accessories) such as the storage bag. Ayaneo is known to release a plethora of mini PCs and handhelds, including the newly announced Air 1S, which will use the AMD Ryzen 7 8840U CPU.

The Antec Core HS handheld console

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With the recognition of both brands and the help of Antec's global distribution and retail presence, Ayaneo handhelds should be more accessible for purchase all over the world. Currently, the Slide and other Ayaneo models can only be purchased from its website and via crowdfunding websites it conducts for certain models. The partnership should also make it easier to claim warranty support and not incur customs charges once it's made available locally.

Will this handheld console be a profitable venture for Antec?

Business-wise, this should help Antec's revenue, as the company had a quarter revenue decline of 6.25% and a 3.71% loss annually. In the global PC market, it is only in the past quarter that we get to see companies slowly returning to pre-COVID level revenues. Entering a handheld market in many regions with a manufacturer like Ayaneo might help Antec venture towards new business models while achieving a certain degree of financial success. That said, recovering from the quarter and annual loss will likely require more than a single partner product offering.

Despite competing in the handheld market against Asus ROG Ally X, MSI Claw, Steam Deck and a few others, Ayaneo does bring something new to the table with its designs and configuration options.

If this venture is profitable, it may encourage Antec and Ayaneo to introduce more models. It would be interesting to see if Antec or any other player would like to sell Ayaneo's nostalgia-infused mini PC lineups to a larger market, giving potential competition to mini PCs like Asus NUC and a few others that sell globally.

Freelance News Writer

Roshan Ashraf Shaikh has been in the Indian PC hardware community since the early 2000s and has been building PCs, contributing to many Indian tech forums, & blogs. He operated Hardware BBQ for 11 years and wrote news for eTeknix & TweakTown before joining Tom's Hardware team. Besides tech, he is interested in fighting games, movies, anime, and mechanical watches.

  • usertests
    It's been a long time since I've used a tiny keyboard. I think I would need to try it first before committing to a purchase.

    As for the weirder handhelds, the AYANEO Flip DS with 2 screens looks the most interesting.