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The AYA NEO OLED will not launch with AMD RDNA 2 iGPUs

The next AYA NEO will not outperform the company's existing devices. (Image source: AYA NEO - Discord)
The next AYA NEO will not outperform the company's existing devices. (Image source: AYA NEO - Discord)
AYA NEO has confirmed that its next gaming handheld will be smaller than a Nintendo Switch OLED. The AYA NEO OLED will be a touch heavier than Nintendo's most recent device, but it will still weigh less than 500 g. Unfortunately, the weight and space-saving will come at a significant performance cost, even compared to current AYA NEO devices.

Last week, AYA began teasing the 'world's first ultra-thin OLED Windows handheld', covered separately. Due to be announced next month, the console was not supposed to compete with the NEXT Pro, which the company introduced earlier this year. For context, the AYA NEO NEXT series raised over US$870,000 on Indiegogo, despite equipping the handheld with an AMD Barcelo APU instead of a Rembrandt equivalent.

While any new AYA NEO release will face comparisons with the Steam Deck, GPD has already announced a Rembrandt-powered handheld with the Win Max 2. Theoretically, the Ryzen 7 6800U should allow the Win Max 2 to compete against the Steam Deck, although it is more of a mini laptop than a handheld console.

Regardless, AYA NEO has since confirmed that its next device has a 6-inch OLED panel that operates at 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. Also, the unnamed device will tip the scales at 490 g, making it considerably lighter than competing devices and about 70 g heavier than the Nintendo Switch OLED. Unfortunately, the device's thin chassis restricts AYA NEO to utilising a 12 W APU, along with 16 GB of LPDDR4x RAM and a Wi-Fi 6E-capable modem.

According to The Phawx, this may mean that AYA NEO has opted for the Ryzen 3 5400U or the Ryzen 3 5425U. For reference, the latter is a Barcelo refresh of the former that has 100 MHz higher base and boost clock speeds. Both feature the RX Vega 6 iGPU, though. Based on our database, the RDNA 2-based Radeon 680M demolishes the RX Vega 6 in gaming benchmarks. Likewise, even the RX Vega 8 outperforms the RX Vega 6 by quite a margin. Presumably, AYA NEO will provide more details about its upcoming gaming handheld in the next few weeks.

(Image source: AYA NEO - Discord)
(Image source: AYA NEO - Discord)
(Image source: AYA NEO - Discord)
(Image source: AYA NEO - Discord)
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Alex Alderson, 2022-04-25 (Update: 2022-04-25)