AYANEO SLIDE to launch as first Windows gaming handheld with RGB backlit keyboard
A few months have passed since AYANEO last discussed the SLIDE, its GPD Win 4 rival. In the meantime, AYANEO has introduced or released numerous new devices, including the AIR 1S, KUN, Pocket Air, NEXT II and a revised version of the AYANEO 2S. Incidentally, GPD is now selling an upgraded version of the Win 4 with an AMD Ryzen 7 7840U APU and an Oculink port.
Thankfully, it has outlined more details about the SLIDE and how it hopes to distinguish the device from its competitors. While the size of its display was already known, AYANEO has now confirmed that the 6-inch panel relies on IPS technology and outputs at 1080p with 400 nits peak brightness. Additionally, the display covers 85% and 120% of the DCI-P3 and sRGB colour space coverages, respectively.
Moreover, the AYANEO SLIDE will feature two 'full function' USB4 ports, an M.2 2280 slot for PCIe 4.0 drives and an SD 7.0 standard MicroSD card slot. AYANEO claims that the SLIDE will be the first Windows gaming handheld with an RGB-backlit keyboard too, which is commonplace among gaming laptops. As usual, the company will include hall effect joysticks and triggers, as well as an x-axis linear motor and a six-axis gyroscope.
For reference, the AYANEO SLIDE still appears on track to launch with the same Zen 4 and RDNA 3-based APU as the GPD Win 4 2023. Unfortunately, the company remains coy about when it will officially launch the SLIDE. Instead, it has teased that preparations for a 'surprise pre-order campaign and official launch event are well underway'.