Aya Neo Pro, revealed the price of the "console" alternative to Steam Deck

Aya Neo Pro, revealed the price of the console alternative to Steam Deck

Aya Neo Pro

Aya Neo recently updated its Indiegogo campaign page, finally unveiling the price of the Aya Neo Pro portable gaming console, for which it will be necessary to shell out $ 1,215 for the 1TB model. Aya Neo is part of a growing number of devices aimed at bringing the PC gaming experience into the palm of your hands. It is basically a Windows PC capable of delivering decent enough performance to run even AAA titles.

Credit: Aya Neo The base version, Aya Neo, is based on AMD's Ryzen 5 4500U mobile APU. It features six cores with six threads running at a 2.3GHz base frequency that can go up to 4.0GHz in Boost. The integrated GPU has six cores, each running at 1,500MHz. As previously announced, the reported price for the base model is $ 925 for the 512GB variant, while the 1TB variant costs $ 1015.

The new Aya Neo Pro is equipped with an AMD Ryzen 7 4800U processor at eight cores and sixteen threads with a base clock of 1.8GHz and a boost clock of 4.2GHz. The eight processing cores are accompanied by eight GPU cores running at 1,750 MHz. There is also an additional Aya Neo Pro Retro Edition, which is based on the Aya Neo Pro. The Retro Power Edition features a cosmetic makeover that gives the console a more retro look. It's a more expensive option, starting at $ 1,315 for the 1TB version. The presence of Windows and the extensive storage options should help Aya Neo Pro stand out. However, the device will face some stiff competition by the end of the year with the arrival of Valve's highly anticipated Steam Deck, which will sport a custom APU with RDNA 2 GPUs.

Credit: Aya Neo The manufacturer claims that the base model of the Aya Neo console is expected to ship towards the end of August, while the new Pro will start shipping from mid-September. For further updates on this product, we recommend that you take a look at the Indiegogo campaign page.

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Upgraded Aya Neo Pro costs almost double the most expensive Steam Deck

Aya Neo updated its Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign with pricing and availability for its upgraded Aya Neo Pro handheld gaming PC, and it costs significantly more than the top Steam Deck model. More specifically, the asking price is set at $1,215, with shipments going out in mid-September.

For anyone who missed out on early Steam Deck reservations (or is otherwise uninterested in Valve's hardware for whatever reason), the Aya Neo remains one of the best handheld PC gaming alternatives. However, there is a sizable cost difference, especially for the Pro model.

What you get when splurging on the Aya Neo Pro is a Ryzen 7 4800U, an 8-core/16-thread APU with a 1.8GHz base clock, 4.2GHz max boost clock, and 8MB of L3 cache. Like the custom silicon inside the Steam Deck, it is based on AMD's Zen 2 architecture. The regular Aya Neo ships with a Ryzen 5 4500U APU (6C/6T, 2.3GHz to 4GHZ, 8MB L3 cache).

It also comes with 1TB of built-in storage, whereas the base model (read: non-Pro) can be purchased with 512GB of storage for $925 or 1TB for $1,015. Aya Neo plans to offer a 2TB variant of the Aya Neo Pro at some point, but details on pricing and availability have not yet been announced.

In comparing the Aya Neo Pro to the Steam Deck, the custom Zen 2 silicon inside Valve's handheld sports four cores and eight threads, so you get a meatier CPU with the Aya Neo Pro, and double (or more) the storage. On the graphics side, however, the Steam Deck's RDNA 2 GPU is newer and more muscular than the integrated Vega graphics in the Aya Neo Pro.

Once again, Aya Neo is offering two color choices: Dark Star (black) and Light Moon (white). In addition, there's also an Aya Neo Pro Retro Power with 1TB of storage for $1,315. The hardware is the same, but aims for a 'classic handheld color scheme, with light gray body, dark gray D-pad, purple face buttons, and olive-green shoulder buttons,' along with an included matching dock (the dock is sold separately for the non-Retro models).

If you're interested, you can preorder the Aya Neo Pro from the Aya Store.