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Backers worldwide are finally receiving their AYA NEO orders, CEO confirms a second generation model is already in the works

Backers worldwide are finally receiving their AYA NEO orders (Source: AYA)
Backers worldwide are finally receiving their AYA NEO orders (Source: AYA)
AYA has just proven all the naysayers wrong by shipping its first batch of NEO units earlier this month to initial backers. A second round of shipments is expected early July with an official online storefront to come at a later date.
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After several production delays, AYA had promised an early June delivery date for its initial batch of NEO units and the company has finally delivered. The NEO is a handheld gaming machine akin to the Nintendo Switch or Sony PS Vita but with an AMD Zen 2 Ryzen 5 4500U CPU and a Windows 10 OS for local playback of PC games.

Backers have been ecstatic on the official AYA Discord server by showing off their systems and posting suggestions and comments about the device. One notable comment referenced the relatively bright display even when it is fully dimmed which could make the NEO uncomfortable to the eyes if playing in a darkened room. Other users have been commenting on the strong vibration feedback that seemingly can't be disabled or adjusted. Hopefully, some of these minor drawbacks can be addressed via software patches.

For what it's worth, AYA has been actively answering backers' questions on Discord for a strong sense of community and to gather user feedback. CEO Arthur Zhang has already confirmed that a successor is in the works that will improve the quality of the shell and other smaller nitpicks on the first generation model:

"The next generation will have more time for design and verification, reducing many problems that occurred in the first generation."

The AYA NEO is similar in concept the GPD WIN 3 that we recently reviewed but with several important differences including its AMD CPU, larger display, thinner design, and lack of a built-in keyboard. AYA says it will eventually open an online storefront for the NEO for the general public to purchase.

(Source: AYA)
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Allen Ngo, 2021-06-13 (Update: 2021-06-13)