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What are Ryzen Handheld Gaming PCs?

Behind every gaming PC’s stunning performance is a powerful CPU and GPU combo. With AMD’s Ryzen APUs (Accelerated Processing Unit) you get the benefits and power of both components in a single chip. In 2021, Ryzen’s off-the-charts gaming prowess finally expanded to portable handhelds, sitting inside Aya Neo’s Windows-based gaming handheld PCs.

Aya Neo may be a new name in the gaming scene but its gaming handhelds have already garnered massive success since the release of their first handheld gaming PC in January of 2021. In fact, Aya Neo is expected to release its fourth series of handheld gaming PCs by the end of 2022. Since the founding model, Aya Neo’s gaming PCs come equipped with Ryzen APU and the upcoming series will still be reportedly sporting Ryzen processors. Let’s delve into these Ryzen-based gaming handhelds to see what makes it rise above a slew of other gaming portables.

Aya Neo Founder Edition

Aya Neo is the first to bring the diminutive 7nm AMD Ryzen 5 4500U APU with 4.0Ghz max turbo frequency to a handheld gaming PC. The Aya Neo 2021 also known as the Founder’s Edition has the mid-tier, low power consumption Ryzen APU at its core with combined six-core, six-thread CPU and the six onboard GPU cores of Radeon GPU. Not to forget that Radeon Graphics boasts powerful features such as Radeon Boost, Radeon Image Sharpening and Radeon Anti-Lag that make Triple A games run with ease. The power of Ryzen’s CPU-GPU combo provides an unmatched level of performance for the first Aya Neo gaming handheld propelling its huge success in the gaming market.

The gaming portable is also equipped with a generous amount of 16GB of LPDDR4 RAM, and a choice of 500GB or 1TB NVME SSD. This powerhouse of a hardware brings you not only a Triple A-capable gaming device but an ultra-portable Windows-based PC as well. Simply link up a keyboard, a mouse, and a monitor and you have a Ryzen-based desktop PC.

The device also boasts a 7-inch multitouch screen with an 1200×800 resolution 215 PPI H-IPS panel which covers 76% NTSC color space and 500 nit peak brightness. This provides an immersive gaming experience with more details on the images.

Just like any other gaming console, the Aya Neo gaming PC comes with joysticks, D-pad, and shoulder buttons. But these are not just ordinary joysticks as they are linked to Windows Task Manager and on-screen keyboard.

The first Aya Neo handheld gaming device also features high-speed connectivity features and a luxury of ports. WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 will give you a reasonably fast speed for streaming and file transfer if you’re going to use the device as a PC. Aya Neo also comes with three USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C which can be used for video output and fast charging (90-minutes for full charge), and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The 4100 mAh battery allows you to play your games for five to six hours at low TDP settings and up to 140 minutes for Triple A games.

Aya Neo Pro 

It seems like Aya Neo was just getting started with the Founder’s Edition as it released an iteration of its handheld gaming PC several months after the release of the first one. The new version of Aya Neo retained some of the features of the base model such as the amount of RAM, screen specs, the number of USB-C ports and Windows-oriented buttons.  However, there is a leap in the new Aya Neo Pro’s performance with an AMD Ryzen 4800U and Radeon Graphics onboard. When it comes to storage, the Pro version is only available in 1TB. The design also evolved into a Nintendo-Switch like design although it’s heavier than the Switch. The sturdy and smooth plastic shell and the overall layout of joysticks, face buttons, triggers, and shoulder buttons give the Aya Neo Pro a professional feel to it. There are three color offerings for the Pro – white, black, and retro.

Overall, the Aya Neo Pro is basically an Aya Neo base model with improvements on performance due to an upgraded processor.

Aya Neo Next

Just about a year after the release of the first edition, Aya Neo introduced the successor of its previous two models, the Aya Neo Next Advance. Armed with an AMD Ryzen 5800U CPU and Vega 8 Graphics, the Next has a noticeable improvement in performance. The upgraded graphics grinds most games with up to 60 fps. Equipped with 16GB of RAM and a higher storage of 2TB than the previous models, the Next loads games and programs with a blink of an eye. Aya Neo Next also has an added security feature through a fingerprint sensor ingrained in the power button. The new model, however, has only two instead of three USB-C ports which is a bit of a disadvantage for those who need to connect more peripherals to the Windows-based PC. The Next has the same 7-inch IPS screen as its predecessors which still works well in displaying vivid images

In parallel with the Next’s performance boost is the new and better design. Angular edges of previous models were transformed into smooth and subtle curves and the previously flat back surface was revamped with round handles and a rubbery feel for an easier grip. The controllers also feel more comfortable with wider triggers and sticks than the previous models. It is also the first handheld to use Hall Effect sensors where the triggers and sticks have magnetic systems, so they don’t easily wear out.

The Next also has more colors to choose from – Pastel Blue, Midnight Blue, Jet Black, Bright White, and Silver.

There are two more handhelds in the Aya Neo Next family. The Aya Neo Next standard model and the Aya Neo Next Pro house a newer gen of Ryzen APU, the Ryzen 7 5825U processor. The Pro version has 32GB of RAM, double the capacity of previous models.

Conclusion

AMD Ryzen APUs give Aya Neo handhelds a competitive performance that throttled the gaming world. The gaming newbie is the first to bring AMD Ryzen APUs into a handheld gaming PC and it continues to be a threat to its competitors with its stellar performance and stunning designs. All eyes are now on Aya Neo as they are reportedly releasing another iteration before the year ends with a more powerful Ryzen 6000 APUs and RDNA 2-based iGPUs.

About the author

Glynis Navarrete

A freelance blogger who loves to write about anything related to technology. Born and raised in the Philippines and worked in Singapore for eight years as Technical Support for a wide range of IT equipment. Took a dive into the world of freelancing and now enjoying doing what I’m passionate about while not losing touch with technology.