ASUS ROG Ally: Pre-orders open with cheaper AMD Ryzen Z1 model to follow
The ROG Ally is finally here, albeit only in one of its two variants for now. As expected, ASUS has elected against releasing the ROG Ally with its weaker Ryzen Z1 APU yet. Instead, the company has led with the Ryzen Z1 Extreme, which we have already had chance to review. While we have published a long-form review comparing the ROG Ally and Ryzen Z1 Extreme, we have also released an accompanying review video, embedded below.
According to ASUS, it will start shipping ROG Ally pre-orders on June 13. Seemingly, this date applies globally, although its UK website lists the device's release date as merely 'mid-June'. It is also worth noting that ASUS is the sole seller of the ROG Ally in the UK until May 16, after which Currys will stock the gaming handheld, both for £699.99.
In comparison, the ROG Ally retails for US$699.99 in the US and CA$899.99 in Canada through ASUS or Best Buy. Alternatively, ASUS sells the ROG Ally for €799.99 in the Eurozone, where it is available from the likes of MediaMarkt. As it stands, ASUS states that the Ryzen Z1 version of the ROG Ally will launch 'later this year'. However, The Verge suggests that ASUS plans to introduce this second model sometime in Q3 2023. For reference, the company has only revealed US pricing for the Ryzen Z1 so far, set at US$599. Please see our ROG Ally review for our thoughts on the device.