AYA Neo Air with an OLED display is a thinner and lighter portable gaming PC for $549+

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The AYA Neo Air is a portable gaming PC that stands out in an increasingly crowded market for several reasons. It is the first with an OLED screen. It is one of the thinnest and lightest models to have an x86 processor. And it’s AYA’s most affordable handheld to date, with retail prices starting at $549 for an entry-level model.

Unfortunately, the company had to sacrifice something to make all of these things true, and in this case, it appears to be battery life.

While the AYA Neo Air already was recently put up for pre-order in ChinaAYA hadn’t revealed the handheld’s full specs until a press event on May 28, 2022, where we learned what powers the device.

The AYA Neo Air features a 5.5-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel AMOLED display, up to 32GB of RAM, AMD Ryzen 5 5000U processor with integrated Radeon Vega graphics, M.2 2280 slot for up to to 2 TB of solid-state storage.

An entry-level version of the AYA Neo Air also only has a 28Wh battery, which AYA says will only provide just over an hour of playtime for longer games. resource intensive as Forza Horizon 5 Where The Witcher 3. You should be able to get around 2.5 hours of battery life for less demanding games like dead cellsbut that’s still a far cry from the kind of battery life you’d get competing devices with larger batteries: the ONEXPLAYER 1S, for example, has literally twice the battery capacity of the AYA Neo Air.

There will be a AYA Neo Air Pro model that comes with a 38Wh battery that should provide a little more runtime, but even that falls short of most competing devices and the company only promises 89 minutes of runtime for Forza Horizon 5 and 3h25 for dead cells.

The Pro models are also a bit thicker and heavier than the models with 28Wh batteries, but some configurations are available with higher performance processors and with more memory and storage than the cheaper models.

AYA Neo Air 5560U AYA Neo Air 5560U AYA Neo Air Pro 5560U AYA Neo Air Pro 5560 AYA Neo Air Pro 5825U
Processor AMD Ryzen 5 5560U
6 cores / 12 wires
2.3GHz base / 4GHz boost
AMD Ryzen 7 5825U
8 cores / 16 wires
2GHz base / 4.5GHz boost
Chart Radeon Vega 7 Radeon Vega 8
PDT 5-12W 5-15W 5-18W 5-18W 5-18W
Memory 8GB LPDDR4x-3200 16 GB LPDDR4x-4266 32 GB LPDDR4x-4266
SSD 128 GB 256 GB 512GB/1TB 512 GB / 1 TB 512TB / 1TB / 2TB
Display 5.5″
1920 x 1080 pixels
Wireless WiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.2
Battery 28Wh
Fingerprint reader? Nope Yes Yes Yes Yes
Colors White Black Black, white, pink Black White White, Black, Silver (32GB/2TB only)
Dimensions 224×89.5×17-26.7mm 224×89.5×18-26.7mm 224×89.5×21.6-26.7mm
lester 395 grams 410 grams 450 grams
Price $549 (retail)

$499 (early bird)

$629 (retail)

$569 (early bird)

$649 (retail)

$599 (early bird)

16GB / 1TB – $799 (retail) / $749 (early bird)

16GB/512GB – $699/$649

32GB / 2TB – $1399 (retail) / $1299 (early bird)

16GB/1TB – $1099/$999

16GB / 512GB – $999 / $899

Dispatch Early August 2022 Early September 2022

AYA also announced plans to launch an even cheaper product AYA Neo Air Pluswhich will sell for $289 and up, but features an AMD Mendocino processor designed for budget laptops and other mobile devices.

AYA Neo Air Plus

If the battery life is disappointing, during a press eventAYA also highlighted the highlights of the device, including that AMOLED display, which has a 100,000:1 contrast ratio, 109% NTSC color gamut (and 100% sRGB, 96% Adobe RGB and 99% DCI-P3), and support for up to 350 nits of brightness.

The device is also said to be small enough to slip “easily into a trouser pocket”, although I suspect that depends on the size of your trouser pockets.

Other features include a microSD card reader, 3.5mm audio jack, game controllers that include RGB lighting under the analog sticks, and a “full” USB-C port. Need more shipping? There’s also an optional docking station that connects to the USB-C port to give you HDMI and Ethernet ports, two USB-C ports, and two USB-A ports.

AYA also unveiled a few limited-edition configurations, including a B. Duck model with a yellow body, 16GB of RAM, 512GB of storage and a price tag of $749 (or $699 for early-bird customers) as well as a Pandaer model.

AYA has also started showing off what appears to be a new Linux-based operating system called AYA Neo OS, which includes a custom UI designed for controller navigation, an app store, and tools for button mapping. , adjusting controller parameters and tweaking. processor settings, among other things.

It’s unclear if AYA Neo OS will come standard on any of the company’s handhelds, or if it will be available as a Windows alternative. But given the popularity of Valve’s Linux-based Steam Deck, it’s clear that Linux is becoming a viable option for gaming devices. It’s also long been a popular option for gamers using emulators to play gaming. classic consoles.

All in all, as the AYA Neo Air enters an increasingly crowded market with some standout features including an OLED display, compact design, and reasonably low starting price, there’s a lot more competition for budget portable gaming PCs than there were a few. months ago.

Not only Valve steam bridge start at $399, but the next AYN Loki should start at just $299 for models with an Intel Alder Lake processor or $499 for versions with AMD Ryzen 6000U chips featuring RDNA 2 graphics. And Anbernic, a company that focused primarily on budget retro gaming devices with ARM processors so far, should also soon enter portable x86/windows space.

The AYA Neo Air is already available for pre-order in Chinaand it should be available worldwide soon.

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