AYN LOKI: Prices and configurations revealed as AYN Technologies puts reservations on hold
AYN Technologies has outlined for the LOKI, which it will sell in standard, Mini and Max variants. As the screenshot below shows, AYN Technologies will sell the LOKI in several standard configurations, all with the Ryzen 5 6600U. Additionally, the company will offer the LOKI Max with the Ryzen 7 6800U, which has the advantage of a powerful GPU over the Ryzen 5 6600U.
Specifically, the Ryzen 7 6800U relies on the Radeon 680M, compared to the Radeon 660M in the Ryzen 5 6600U. In short, the Radeon 680M has double the Compute Units (CUs) that the Radeon 660M has, while the Ryzen 7 6800U also has two more Zen 3+ CPU cores than the Ryzen 5 6600U. Still, both iGPUs should represent a substantial improvement on their Radeon RX Vega predecessors.
The situation is less clear with the LOKI Mini, though. Initially, AYN Technologies claimed that the Mini model would launch with the Intel Pentium 8500, an Alder Lake U-series processor with 5 cores, 6 threads and a 9 W TDP. Subsequently, AYN Technologies has announced that the LOKI Mini will be available with an AMD Mendocino APU. Presumably, the company will eventually sell both options, although AMD Mendocino APUs are not expected to arrive until Q4 2022. For reference, AMD Mendocino APUs combine 4 Zen 2 CPU cores with an RDNA 2-based iGPU that has 2 CUs.
For some reason, AYN Technologies has suspended LOKI reservations, which should have opened yesterday. It remains to be seen when the company will open reservations again, but the LOKI series should cost between US$299 and US$799 when it does.