The Ayaneo 2S will give the Steam Deck and ASUS ROG Ally some serious competition | Engadget
In a new presentation, Ayaneo has confirmed that its upcoming Ayaneo 2S Steam Deck-like handheld console will be powered by an AMD chip identical to the one in the ASUS Rog Ally, the edge has reported. The AMD Ryzen 7000 chip is likely the Ryzen 7 7840U, a chip that’s supposed to be about the same as the AMD Z1 Extreme found in the Ally. The Ayaneo 2S will also come with a three-tube cooler and other improvements.
The Ayaneo 2S looks identical to the Ayaneo 2 we reviewed earlier this year, but it has under-the-hood improvements that fix some of our main complaints. Namely, the new 7000-series processor with Radeon 780M graphics offers “substantial performance gains in the low-TDP 8-15W gold range” compared to the 6800 in the current model.
That could mean improvements to battery life, which we call “mediocre” in the Ayaneo 2. Aya also promised slightly reduced temperatures with the Ryzen 7000 processor. In addition to the new chip, Aya says the console will get an improved fingerprint sensor. , a more colorful screen, smoother triggers and a case that will be easier to open.
Along with the new Ayaneo 2S, the company is also promising upgrades for existing wearables. The Ayaneo Air will get a free speaker upgrade, and Ayaneo 2 and Ayaneo Geek buyers will get a free cooling module that can reduce temperatures by 12 degrees.
The company may also offer Ayaneo 2 buyers a future motherboard upgrade, and Ayaneo Air Plus buyers will automatically upgrade from the 6800U to the 7000 series chip if they haven’t already received it. Countering that good news a bit, Aya indicated that she will end her free lifetime warranty plan for the original Ayaneo Founder’s Edition and offer a coupon for a free 2021 Ayaneo instead.
The company also showed off the new Ayaneo Geek 1S, effectively a more basic Ayaneo 2 with a lower-resolution 800p display, but with the same Ryzen 7000 processor. The Ayaneo 2S and Geek 1 are coming to Indiegogo in late April and will be open for orders in mid-May, with shipping scheduled for the end of June. Free cooling and speaker upgrades also arrive in mid-May. The release of the Ayaneo Slide we saw earlier this year is still unknown, and the Android-based Ayaneo Pocket Air will go into production in July.
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