One 12 months in the past at CES 2020 in Las Vegas, Alienware made waves with a modular gaming PC that worked like a Nintendo Switch, with a pair of gamepads flanking a strong Home windows 10 pill. Sadly, Alienware’s UFO was only a idea, as was Lenovo’s take on the idea this 12 months — however two corporations are actually taking over the torch with a pair of crowdfunded devices you would possibly truly see in your lifetime. They appear critically legit.
The 5.5-inch GPD Win 3 and the 7-inch Aya Neo aren’t going about it in fairly the identical manner; whereas the Ava tries to intently match Nintendo’s console in form, dimension, and with strictly gaming controls on board, the GPD sticks to its palmtop computer roots with a slide-up display that reveals a tiny backlit keyboard. There’s additionally a fingerprint sensor, a microSD slot and an elective Thunderbolt 4 dock if you wish to use the GPD like a full Home windows 10 laptop.
What’s the identical: each are genuinely making an attempt to ship a strong pill surrounded by joysticks and buttons for below $1,000 every. With Intel’s newest Tiger Lake chips and AMD’s Ryzen 4500U respectively, every has a number of the newest and biggest built-in graphics you should purchase, and so they declare fairly first rate efficiency consequently — Cyberpunk 2077 can reportedly hit 30fps on the Aya Neo’s 1280×800 decision at low settings, and GPD offers a long list of examples of latest, demanding video games that you could coax nicely over the 50fps mark with its Intel Xe graphics.
As you may see within the spec comparo sheet I whipped up beneath, every options 16GB of DDR4 reminiscence, a speedy NVMe stable state drive, Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0, a pair of stereo audio system, a real headphone jack, and a number of USB ports. Not unhealthy!
GPD Win 3 vs. Aya Neo specs
|Spec||GPD Win 3||Aya Neo|
|Spec||GPD Win 3||Aya Neo|
|Display||5.5-inch 1280x720p IPS||7-inch 1280x800p IPS|
|Brightness||400 nits||500 nits|
|CPU||15-28W Intel i7-1165G7 or i5-1135G7 (4C8T)||10-25W AMD Ryzen 4500U (6C6T)|
|GPU||Intel Iris Xe (96EU or 80EU)||AMD Vega 6|
|RAM||16GB LPDDR4x 4266||16GB LPDDR4x 4266|
|Storage||1TB NVMe SSD||512GB NVMe SSD|
|Battery quote||2-3 hours heavy, up 11 hours gentle||as much as 6 hours|
|Cooling||Two warmth pipes, PWM fan||Two warmth pipes, fan|
|Ports||1x Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C), USB-A, 3.5mm||3x USB-C, 3.5mm|
|Wi-fi||Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0||Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0|
|Dimensions||7.6 x 3.6 inches (192 x 92mm)||10 x 4.1 inches (255 x 106mm)|
|Thickness||1.06 inches (27mm)||0.79 inches (20mm)|
|Weight||1.2 lbs (.56kg)||1.4 lbs (.65kg)|
|Docking station||Optionally available, 3x USB 3.2, 1x USB-C, 1x HDMI 2.0b, 1x GbE||N|
|OS||Home windows 10 Dwelling||Home windows 10|
|Last beginning worth||$999||TBD|
Simply know that these methods are going to be chonky in comparison with an precise Nintendo Swap’s 0.55-inch thick body and 0.88-pound weight, and battery life will likely be a giant query, with each the Aya Neo and GPD Win 3 permitting you to fine-tune the chip’s TDP wattage to get essentially the most out of their tablet-sized cells. NotebookCheck says you shouldn’t expect to get greater than 1.5 hours out of the GPD Win 3 whereas enjoying a demanding recreation, although Taki Udon on YouTube claims you will get 2-3 hours out of an early Aya Neo.
Talking of Taki Udon’s video, it seems like a incredible overview of the hand-held, so I like to recommend checking it out, and this second vid that reveals off how nicely video games like Cyberpunk 2077 and Sekiro play on his Founder’s mannequin. It’s not sufficient to persuade me to crowdfund an organization I’ve by no means heard of, however it’s an excellent begin.
You also needs to know that not all of those handhelds are going to look and play the identical: the clear Aya you’re seeing within the movies was a restricted version of 15,000 for early pre-orders in China, with last fashions launching in black and white as a substitute after they ship in April. Aya will likely be launching its Indiegogo marketing campaign in February with a “tremendous early fowl restricted worth” of $699, with no phrase on how a lot the remainder of us would possibly pay.
The GPD Win 3 is already on Indiegogo, the place you’ll pay $799 for the Core i5-1135G7 model, with the extra highly effective i7 chip beginning at $899, or $949 for a package deal with the elective USB, HDMI and Gigabit Ethernet docking station.
Between these handheld gaming PCs, the lovable upcoming Playdate and the attractive Analogue Pocket, a number of the squeaky clean mods we’ve seen of late, to not point out the popularity of the Switch itself and the march of ever smaller and extra highly effective chips, it looks like we could be coming into a gaming handheld renaissance. Right here’s hoping.