Aya isn’t a name gamers would be forgiven, given how small the brand is. That aside, the China-based manufacturer recently announced that it is finally accepting preorders for its handheld gaming console.
Officially known as the Aya Neo Founder, the handheld console sports a 7-inch IPS display, which supports a maximum resolution of 1280 x 1080. At a glance, this portable gaming console looks like a beefier version of the Nintendo Switch. Unlike the Switch, the handheld console is actually powered by a Renoir-based AMD Ryzen APU and more specifically, the Ryzen 5 4600U.
Specs-wise, the 4600U features a 6-core CPU with a maximum boost clock of 4GHz, while the onboard Vega integrated graphics features 834 Stream processors. Additional specifications include 16GB LPDDR4X running at 4266Mhz, a 512GB NVMe SSD, and a 47WHr battery. It also comes with three USB-C ports, a 3.5mm audio jack, and built-in Wi-Fi 6 support. Unsurprisingly, all that hardware means the Neo Founder isn’t light and weighs in at 670g.
Moving on, we can also see from the video above that the Neo Founder runs on Windows 10, and that in turn means that the console can essentially run any title, be it via Steam, Origin, UPlay, or even Epic Games Store (EGS).
AYA is currently available for a limited time at a special price in China, with each machine having its own unique code. To prevent scalpers from raising the price, shipping overseas is not supported at this time. For overseas users, we may take a crowdfunding sale on IGG. pic.twitter.com/Hq6VpEjDrW
— AYANEO (@AYANEO__) November 7, 2020
Aya says that the Neo Founder will be entering mass production shortly, but will only be available within China at the moment. Price-wise, the handheld console will cost 3999 Yuan (~RM2490) for the Founders Edition with 500GB. A 1TB variant also exists, but that model will retail for 4599 Yuan (~RM2863).
On a related note, the Neo Founder will be making its first public appearance at the WePlay exhibition in Shanghai on 14 November. It’s highly possible that Aya could then seek crowdfunding in order to get the console out to the global masses.