AYANEO Next handheld gaming console likely to feature AMD Ryzen 6000 “Rembrandt” APU

Published: Dec 24th 2021, 09:00 GMT   Comments

Update on January 5th, 2022. Unfortunately Aya Neo Next does not feature Rembrandt APU but Cezanne.

AYANEO reschedules the introduction of its new gaming console to January 4th, seemingly confirming AMD Rembrandt APU

Just a few days ago AyaNeo confirmed it will be showcasing its new console on December 28th. However, this date is no longer on the table, as the company had to reschedule its plans to align with the AMD product announcement. 

AyaNeo 2021 features AMD Ryzen 4000 series “Renoir” APUs based on Zen2 and Vega microarchitectures. The company announced it will release a new version of its console next year, with a showcase coming in just 4 days. The company has now announced it will reveal the Next console at January 4th press event instead.

We speculated that the December 28th reveal could suggest that AyaNeo Next is not based on Rembrandt, simply because it has not yet been announced by AMD. The formal introduction of Rembrandt is now set for January 4th, which is the time when AMD holds its press conference hosted by Dr. Lisa Su. It is unclear why has AyaNeo rescheduled its announcement, but it definitely does not seem that the change happened at the very last minute, as Rembrandt requires a new socket and supports new memory technology. It might have been a miscommunication between both companies, or more likely, a decision to reveal the full specs rather than just a teaser.

By offering Ryzen 6000 series APU, AyaNeo Next will be very competitive against its main competitor, which is Steam Deck. The gaming console from Valve is based on a 4-core Van Gogh/Aerith APU with Zen2 and RDNA2 architectures. While it is unclear how many CPU cores or Compute Units would the AyaNeo SoC have, there is a good chance it will be more powerful, as Rembrandt U-Series is 15W TDP by default, whereas Van Gogh is 4-15W.

AMD Rembrandt is also to offer up to 12 Compute Units, whereas Aerith is limited to 8. Not only that, the GPU performance is likely to be much higher due to increased clock speed, typically 2GHz for this APU segment (RDNA2 might go higher).

AMD Rembrandt vs Steam Aerith SoC, Source: VideoCardz

The key to success will be through pricing and software stack. Valve is tirelessly working to integrate Steam Deck into its ecosystem, whereas AyaNeo relies on the existing platforms. Aya consoles are also far from being affordable with pricing going up to 1300 USD, so twice as expensive as Steam Deck.

Handheld Gaming Consoles
VideoCardzAya Neo 2021Aya Neo 2021 ProAya Neo NEXTSteam DeckOne XPlayerNintendo Switch OLED
ArchitectureAMD Zen2 (Renoir)AMD Zen2 (Renoir)AMD Zen3+ (Rembrandt)AMD Zen2 & RDNA2Intel Tiger LakeARM Cortex
SoCRyzen 5 4500URyzen 7 4800URyzen ? 6???UAMD Van GoghCore i7-1185G7***
Core i7-1165G7**
Core i7-1135G7*
SoC CPU6C/6T @ 4.0 GHz8C/16T @ 4.2 GHz?C/?T @ ? GHz4C/8T @ 3.5 GHz4C/8T * 4.2*, 4.7**, 4.8*** GHz4x A57 + 4x A53
SoC GPUAMD Radeon Vega 6 @ 1.5 GHzAMD Radeon Vega 8 @ 1.750 GHzAMD RDNA2 up to 12CUsAMD RDNA2 8 CUs @ 1.6 GHzXe-LP (Iris) 96 EUs @ 1.35 GHzNVIDIA Maxwell 256 CUDA
Memory16GB LPDDR4X-426616GB LPDDR4X-4266LPDDR5?16GB LPDDR5-550016GB LPDDR4X-42664GB LPDDR4-3200
Storage512 GB / 1TB  NVMe512 GB / 1TB  NVMeTBC64GB eMMC (PCIe Gen2x1)
256GB/512GB NVMe (PCIe Gen3x4)
512GB*, 1TB **, 2TB *** NVMe64GB
Display7″ 1280×800 IPS7″ 1280×800 IPSTBC7″ 1280×800 IPS8.4″ 2560×1600 IPS7″ 1280×720 OLED
ConnectivityWiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0TBCWi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5, USB 4.0 x2WiFi 5,
Battery12,300 mAh12,300 mAhTBC40 Whr15,300 mAh
Weight650 g650 gTBC669 g820 g420g
Dimensions25.5 x 10.6 x 2.0 cm25.5 x 10.6 x 2.0 cmTBC29.8 x 11.7 x 4.9 cm28.8 x 13.0 x 2.1 mm24.2 x 10.2 x 1.39 cm
OSWindows  10Windows  10Windows 11Steam OS 3.0 (Arch)Windows  10Custom
Release Price$925 (16G/512GB)
$1,015 (16G/1TB)
$1,215 (16G/1TB)TBC$399 (64GB)
$529 (256GB)
$649 (512GB)
$1,059 *
$1,158 **
$1,599 ***
Release DateMarch 2021September 20212022February 2022December 2021October 2021
* Standard Edition
** Pro Edition
*** Ultimate Edition

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