AyaNeo Next now to feature Ryzen 7 5825U “Barcelo”, Ryzen 6000 series by the end of this year

Published: Jan 9th 2022, 10:47 GMT   Comments

Aya Neo now promises Ryzen 6000 APU later this year

The company announced a modification to the just-announced handheld console specs and promises an upgrade to Ryzen 6000 series later this year.

In a lengthy blog post on the official website, Aya Neo defends its choice of a Ryzen 7 5800U processor over the AMD Ryzen 6000 series, which was just announced by AMD at CES 2022. With Valve’s Steam Deck now arriving in February, Aya Neo’s newest handheld console was more than expected to feature RDNA2 based APU, just as Stem Deck. Sadly that was not the case, as the company explains it is too soon and too complicated to secure such CPUs this early for such a small company as Aya Neo.

Aya Neo announces Ryzen 7 5825U Barcelo, Source: AMD

Furthermore, there is a small modification to the specifications. This modification also explains why the company postponed its December launch till after AMD’s CES conference. This was the reason why everyone thought Aya Neo Next might actually get the Ryzen 6000 series, but the delay was due to a different SKU that also launched at CES: Ryzen 7 5825U codenamed “Barcelo-U”.

AMD Ryzen 5000U Barcelo APUs, Source: AMD

Alongside Ryzen 6000 series AMD introduced its long-rumored Barcelo APUs, based on refreshed Cezanne silicon with Zen3 and Vega graphics. Those were in fact the only Vega-based APUs introduced by AMD at CES. Those new APUs bring a frequency change over existing Cezanne-U chips. In the case of Ryzen 7 5825U which is being added to the Aya Neo Next Pro, it features a 100 MHz higher base and boosts clocks (2.0/4.5 GHz vs 1.9/4.4 GHz) and 200 MHz lower GPU clock (1.8 GHz vs 2.0 GHz).

Interestingly, only two versions of the new console will feature Barcelo APU, namely the vanilla and Pro version, while the mid-spec’ed Advanced model will still feature Ryzen 7 5800U. The company explains that there was no time to update the marketing materials for the launch, which suggests it was a last-minute change.

AMD Ryzen 6000 by end of this year

In the blog entry, the company confirms it will launch a Ryzen 6000 APU console, but not sooner than by the end of this year.

The AYA team also said that they will do their best to let fans experience the charm of the 6000 series as early as possible, but this is likely to happen at the end of this year. At this stage, as a small factory, I want to get the 6000 series The difficulty is too high.

— Aya Neo

It does not seem like gamers should expect an RDNA2-based competitor to Steam Deck any time soon. However, for Aya Neo with ‘Rembrandt’ to matter, it should either be a lot better console or simply cheaper, because current pricing is just absurd compared to Steam Deck.

Handheld Gaming Consoles
VideoCardzAya Neo NEXT (PRO)Aya Neo NEXT AdvancedAya Neo 2021 ProSteam DeckOne XPlayerNintendo Switch OLED
ArchitectureAMD Zen3AMD Zen3AMD Zen2 (Renoir)AMD Zen2 & RDNA2Intel Tiger LakeARM Cortex
SoCRyzen 7 5825URyzen 7 5800URyzen 7 4800UAMD Van GoghCore i7-1185G7***
Core i7-1165G7**
Core i7-1135G7*
SoC CPU8C/16T @ 4.4 GHz8C/16T @ 4.4 GHz8C/16T @ 4.2 GHz4C/8T @ 3.5 GHz4C/8T * 4.2*, 4.7**, 4.8*** GHz4x A57 + 4x A53
SoC GPUAMD Radeon Vega 8 @ 2.0 GHzAMD Radeon Vega 8 @ 2.0 GHzAMD Radeon Vega 8 @ 1.75 GHzAMD RDNA2 8 CUs @ 1.6 GHzXe-LP (Iris) 96 EUs @ 1.35 GHzNVIDIA Maxwell 256 CUDA
Memory16*-32GB LPDDR4X-426616GB LPDDR4X-426616GB LPDDR4X-426616GB LPDDR5-550016GB LPDDR4X-42664GB LPDDR4-3200
Storage1TB*-2TB NVMe2TB NVMe0.5TB – 1TB NVMe64GB eMMC (PCIe Gen2x1)
256GB/512GB NVMe (PCIe Gen3x4)
512GB*, 1TB **, 2TB *** NVMe64GB
Display7″ 1280×800 IPS7″ 1280×800 IPS7″ 1280×800 IPS7″ 1280×800 IPS8.4″ 2560×1600 IPS7″ 1280×720 OLED
ConnectivityWiFi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2WiFi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5, USB 4.0 x2WiFi 5,
Battery47 Whr47 Whr12,300 mAh40 Whr15,300 mAh
WeightTBCTBC650 g669 g820 g420g
DimensionsTBCTBC25.5 x 10.6 x 2.0 cm29.8 x 11.7 x 4.9 cm28.8 x 13.0 x 2.1 mm24.2 x 10.2 x 1.39 cm
OSWindows  11Windows  11Windows  10Steam OS 3.0 (Arch)Windows  10Custom
Release Price$1,315*
$1,465$1,215$399 (64GB)
$529 (256GB)
$649 (512GB)
$1,059 *
$1,158 **
$1,599 ***
Release DateFebruary 2022February 2022September 2021February 2022December 2021October 2021
* vanilla edition* Standard Edition
** Pro Edition
*** Ultimate Edition

Source: AyaNeo

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