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

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Handheld maker Aya Neo is adding the Aya Neo 2 and Aya Neo Slide to its lineup of portable PC gaming devices, both of which will come with an upgraded Ryzen 7 6800U chip and a Radeon 680M integrated GPU with RDNA 2 graphics, according to a report of Liliputting† The Radeon 680M iGPU can push 3.38 teraflops, more than double the 1.6 teraflops provided by the Steam Deck.

As indicated by Tom’s hardwarethe 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, which has 12 compute units (CUs). In comparison, the Steam Deck has a quad-core AMD APU running on the older Zen 2 architecture and an iGPU with RDNA 2 graphics and eight CUs. Judging by these specs, the Neo 2 and Neo Slide could have the potential to outperform the Steam 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-esque color scheme.
Image: Aya Neo

While both the Slide and Neo 2 support LPDDR5-6400 RAM, Aya says the Neo 2 will also have PCIe 4.0 storage, USB 4.0 ports and a fingerprint scanner. In addition to some internal upgrades, the exterior of the device has also been overhauled. The Neo 2 swaps out the harder edges of its predecessor for more rounded corners, making it much more similar to 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 has an even more interesting design. As the name implies, the screen slides up to reveal a backlit RGB keyboard, a bit like a larger version of the Motorola Droid 4 (and other old phones) that have the same functionality. It’s unclear how well this will work, but it would be pretty cool to slide your screen up and start typing to friends without too much game interruption.

The screen of the Aya Neo Slide moves up to reveal an RGB keyboard.
Image: Aya Neo

Aya Neo didn’t give any release dates for the Neo Slide or Neo 2, but says they’re coming later this year. And while there are no pricing details either, the devices probably won’t come cheap – the Aya Neo, Aya Neo Pro and Aya Neo Next they all cost over $1,000, much more than the Steam Deck’s $399 starting price. We may see prices (hopefully) closer to the Steam Deck with Aya Neo’s upcoming entry-level Neo Airbut of course there will be a tradeoff when it comes to performance.

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