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AYA NEO AMD gaming handheld is starting to look like a GPD WIN 3 killer

AYA NEO AMD gaming handheld is starting to look like a GPD WIN 3 killer (Source: Aya Neo)
AYA NEO AMD gaming handheld is starting to look like a GPD WIN 3 killer (Source: Aya Neo)
Low-power CPUs have advanced so much these past few years that they can even run the latest games at 720p and decent frame rates. The AYA NEO will be one of the first handhelds to run on a 6-core Ryzen 5 4500U Renoir CPU designed for on-the-go gaming.
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With the insane success of the Nintendo Switch, it's no surprise that manufacturers are looking to offer their own handheld gaming experiences. The GPD Win 3, Alienware UFO, One Netbook OneGx1, and Lenovo LaVie Mini are some notable examples of Windows-based gaming machines running ULV U-series CPUs.

The latest addition to the competition is the upcoming AYA NEO handheld powered by the 3rd gen AMD Ryzen 5 4500U. Unlike its closest competitor the GPD WIN 3, the NEO comes with a larger 7-inch touchscreen with multiple USB-C ports instead of just one. Its overall design is also thinner but slightly heavier as well.

Perhaps its biggest disadvantage is the lack of Thunderbolt 3 support since the 3rd gen mobile Ryzen series doesn't integrate Thunderbolt controllers. Even so, the NEO still supports dedicated docking stations via USB 3.2 Gen. 2 for additional ports and connections.

More information on the AYA NEO can be found on its official product page here. Users can pre-order the handheld via its Indiegogo page for about $700 to $900 USD.

AYA NEOGPD Win 3
CPURyzen 5 4500UCore i7-1135G7
GPURadeon RX Vega 6Iris Xe G7 80 EUs
Display7-inch 1280 x 800
16:10
76 percent NTSC
5.5-inch 1280 x 720
16:9
RAM16 GB LPDDR4X-4266 Dual Channel16 GB LPDDR4X-4266 Dual Channel
Ports3x USB-C (2x DP and PD)
3.5 mm combo audio
USB-C w/ Thunderbolt 3, PD, DP
USB-A
3.5 mm combo audio
MicroSD reader
Battery47 Wh44 Wh
Storage1 TB NVMe SSD (M.2 2280 removable)1 TB NVMe SSD (M.2 2280 removable)
Dimensions20 x 255 x 106 mm27 x 198 x 92 mm
Weight650 g553 g
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Allen Ngo, 2021-04- 2 (Update: 2021-04- 2)