Aya Neo 2 and Aya Neo Slide have specs that could challenge the Steam Deck

Handheld maker Aya Neo is expanding its range of portable PC gaming devices with the launch of the Aya Neo 2 and Aya Neo Slide, both of which are said to feature an updated Ryzen 7 6800U chip and an integrated Radeon 680M GPU with RDNA 2 graphics a report from lilliputing. The Radeon 680M iGPU can push 3.38 teraflops, more than double the 1.6 teraflops delivered by the Steam Deck.

As stressed by Tom’s hardware, the Ryzen 7 6800 APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) comes with eight cores and runs on the faster Zen 3 plus architecture. It also comes with the integrated Radeon 680M iGPU that has 12 Compute Units (CUs). For comparison, the Steam Deck features a quad-core AMD APU running on the older Zen 2 architecture and an iGPU with RDNA 2 graphics and eight CUs. Judging by those specs, the Neo 2 and Neo Slide could outperform the vapor deck – but we won’t know for sure until we see the devices in action.

The Aya Neo 2 has rounded corners and a Nintendo-like color scheme.
Image: Aya Neo

While both the Slide and Neo 2 will support LPDDR5-6400 RAM, Aya says the Neo 2 will also feature PCIe 4.0 storage, USB 4.0 ports, as well as a fingerprint scanner. In addition to some internal upgrades, the exterior of the device has also been revised. The Neo 2 swaps the harder edges of its predecessor for more rounded corners, making it look a lot more like the Aya Neo Next device the company released earlier this year. It also has an updated dark/light gray color scheme that reminds me of Nintendo’s classic consoles.

However, the Neo Slide comes with an even more interesting design. As the name suggests, the screen slides up to reveal a backlit RGB keyboard, much like a larger version of the Motorola Droid 4 (and other older phones) that have the same functionality. It’s unclear how well this will work, but it would be pretty cool to be able to slide the screen up and start texting to friends without much disruption to the game.


The Aya Neo Slide’s screen moves up to reveal an RGB keyboard.
Image: Aya Neo

Aya Neo hasn’t given any release dates for Neo Slide or Neo 2 but says they will be out later this year. And while there aren’t any pricing details either, the devices likely won’t come cheap – the Aya Neo, Aya Neo Pro, and Aya Neo Next all cost over $1,000, a lot more than the $399 starting price for the Steam Deck. With Aya Neo’s upcoming entry-level Neo Air, we may see prices that are (hopefully) closer to the Steam deck, but there will obviously be a trade-off when it comes to performance.

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