Aya Neo Next: too late and too expensive
The NEXT console has just been unveiled by Aya Neo.
The 3rd generation of Aya Neo handheld console finally received a new architecture. The console relies on 8-core and 16-thread Ryzen 7 5800U “Cezanne-U” APU based on AMD Zen3 architecture. It is, therefore, not based on Rembrandt with Zen3+ and as a result, features (now bit ancient) AMD Vega graphics architecture.
The company announced as many as four different models, featuring from 16GB up to 32GB LPDDR4x-4266 RAM and either 1TB to 2TB of storage:
- AYA Neo Next with 16GB RAM and 1TB storage for $1315 retail / $1265 at launch
- AYA Neo Next Advance with 16GB RAM and 2TB storage for $1465 retail / $1365 launch
- AYA Neo Next Advance Signature Edition with 16GB/2TB for $1465 / $1345 (only 300 units)
- AYA Neo Pro with 32GB RAM and 2TB storage for $1565 / $1465
Price-wise, we are looking at a device that is more than twice as expensive as Steam Deck. Even though Valve’s console has newer GPU architecture, faster memory, and a lot larger ecosystem.
Despite the company’s close collaboration with AMD, it did not succeed in securing a stock of just announced Ryzen 6000U APUs. However, the Aya Neo promises that as soon as they become available, they will begin the development of a successor.
The Aya Neo Next will enter crowdfunding sites in February, which means that it will ship after Steam Deck. Below is the full launch video which has an English narrator.
|Handheld Gaming Consoles|
|VideoCardz||Aya Neo NEXT PRO||Aya Neo NEXT||Aya Neo 2021 Pro||Steam Deck||One XPlayer||Nintendo Switch OLED|
|Architecture||AMD Zen3||AMD Zen3||AMD Zen2 (Renoir)||AMD Zen2 & RDNA2||Intel Tiger Lake||ARM Cortex|
|SoC||Ryzen 7 5800U||Ryzen 7 5800U||Ryzen 7 4800U||AMD Van Gogh||Core i7-1185G7***|
|NVIDIA Tegra X1|
|SoC CPU||8C/16T @ 4.4 GHz||8C/16T @ 4.4 GHz||8C/16T @ 4.2 GHz||4C/8T @ 3.5 GHz||4C/8T * 4.2*, 4.7**, 4.8*** GHz||4x A57 + 4x A53|
|SoC GPU||AMD Radeon Vega 8 @ 2.0 GHz||AMD Radeon Vega 8 @ 2.0 GHz||AMD Radeon Vega 8 @ 1.75 GHz||AMD RDNA2 8 CUs @ 1.6 GHz||Xe-LP (Iris) 96 EUs @ 1.35 GHz||NVIDIA Maxwell 256 CUDA|
|Memory||32GB LPDDR4X-4266||16GB LPDDR4X-4266||16GB LPDDR4X-4266||16GB LPDDR5-5500||16GB LPDDR4X-4266||4GB LPDDR4-3200|
|Storage||2TB NVMe||1TB – 2TB NVMe||0.5TB – 1TB NVMe||64GB eMMC (PCIe Gen2x1)|
256GB/512GB NVMe (PCIe Gen3x4)
|512GB*, 1TB **, 2TB *** NVMe||64GB|
|Display||7″ 1280×800 IPS||7″ 1280×800 IPS||7″ 1280×800 IPS||7″ 1280×800 IPS||8.4″ 2560×1600 IPS||7″ 1280×720 OLED|
|Connectivity||WiFi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2||WiFi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2||WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0||Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5||Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5, USB 4.0 x2||WiFi 5,|
|Battery||47 Whr||47 Whr||12,300 mAh||40 Whr||15,300 mAh|
|Weight||TBC||TBC||650 g||669 g||820 g||420g|
|Dimensions||TBC||TBC||25.5 x 10.6 x 2.0 cm||29.8 x 11.7 x 4.9 cm||28.8 x 13.0 x 2.1 mm||24.2 x 10.2 x 1.39 cm|
|OS||Windows 11||Windows 11||Windows 10||Steam OS 3.0 (Arch)||Windows 10||Custom|
|Release Date||February 2022||February 2022||September 2021||February 2022||December 2021||October 2021|
|* Advance with 2TB storage||* Standard Edition|
** Pro Edition
*** Ultimate Edition