AYANEO Pocket S: Launch window and new Snapdragon G3x Gen 2 chipset confirmed for powerful Android gaming handheld
AYANEO has now revealed more details about Pocket S, the company's second gaming handheld after the Pocket Air. To recap, the company briefly referred to the Pocket S as 'Project S'. Additionally, there were rumours that the Pocket S would rely on a more powerful alternative to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, a chipset that adorns many modern flagship smartphones. For reference, AYANEO is also expected to offer a version of the Pocket Air with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, details of which we have covered separately.
As for the Pocket S, AYANEO has confirmed that it will be one of the first devices to ship with the Snapdragon G3x Gen2. In short, Qualcomm claims that the Snapdragon G3x Gen2 should enjoy a 20% performance advantage over the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. However, the former will do a better job of maintaining peak performance levels during sustained load. As a result, relative performance between the two chipsets could widen to 60% in the Snapdragon G3x Gen2's favour. Please see our Snapdragon G series launch article for more information.
Unsurprisingly, AYANEO will sell multiple memory configurations, as is often the case with its x86-based gaming handhelds. Other hardware details remain unknown for now, but the company's teaser images confirm the device's slim design. Supposedly, AYANEO plans to sell an ergonomic accessory for the Pocket S too, presumably a grip of some sort. Currently, AYANEO hopes to launch the Pocket S in December 2023. Based on the company's previous releases, this likely means that the AYANEO Pocket S will not begin shipping until early 2024.