Retro classics turned into modern handheld and Mini-PCs
AYANEO is focus on the retro culture with their new systems.
AYANEO is a pioneer in the of Windows handheld systems powered by AMD and Intel hardware. With the launch of Steam Deck and later ROG Ally and Legion Go systems, the company has found itself in a difficult position. China’s handheld makers are looking for alternative ways to sell their products, and AYANEO’s idea is to look into the past.
Arthur Zhang, the CEO of the company, has come up with a new device series called Remake. These products are designed to offer modern hardware, however, their design and aesthetics are derived from the early days of the gaming console market. The idea will begin with handheld and Mini-PCs devices, with special editions that recall the early 80s-90s gaming era.
The company is saying that their systems are not a copy or a simple imitation of the classic products, but a tribute to the retro era and a chance for gamers to play older games with the power of new technologies.
Flip DS/Flip KB
AYANEO is preparing many devices, some of which were already shown through leaks. The first product is inspired by the Nintendo 3DS and it is called AYANEO Flip. It is a modern interpretation of a clamshell device which, instead of a secondary screen, features a full keyboard. This particular system is called Flip KB, but there is also a version with a secondary screen called Flip DS. AYANEO is making is clear that is the proper spiritual successor to the Nintendo system but with a modern kick and technology.
There is no official launch date for Flip KB/DS systems. These systems will be officially introduced in a month or two with shipment starting soon after.
It was inevitable for AYANEO to join the Mini-PC business with their first systems as part of the Remake series. The company announces two products, one inspired by Macintosh 1 called Retro Mini PC AM01 and one by Nintendo NES called AM02. Both models are designed to look like older systems, but with a smaller form factor and brand new hardware.
The front ‘screen’ on the AM01 system is actually not a real screen, but a piece of plastic that can be decorated with a custom sticker. However, the AM02 version actually features a screen and is capable of displaying time and other data that has not yet been disclosed.
Both systems will be offered as barebone systems that can be configured by users themselves, or as a full specification version with a Windows operating system installed. The AM01 and AM02 will be officially announced later this month, but the company is not providing the full specs yet.
Pocket DMG inspired by GameBoy
This product is currently in the development phase; therefore no complete images have been provided. The company is currently in the process of developing a system that is reminiscent of the Nintendo GameBoy, featuring a screen mounted on top and retro-style keypads. It also has analog volume control from what we can see in the renders.
Today’s presentation can be found on AYANEO channel. Additionally, the company has announced power banks and accessories, such as GaN power supplies, for these systems.