The AYA Neo Next is a handheld gaming computer with a 7 inch touchscreen display, built-in game controllers, and support for up to 32GB of LPDDR4x memory and up to 2TB of PCIe NVMe solid state storage. It’s powered by an AMD Ryzen 7 5825U processor and ships with Windows 11 software.

First announced in early January, the AYA Neo Next is now available for pre-order worldwide through an Indiegogo campaign, with units expected to begin shipping to backers in mid-April.  With prices starting at $1263 during crowdfunding, the AYA Neo Next isn’t exactly cheap. But it may be one of the most powerful handheld gaming computers to date… at least by some standards.

It’s the first with support for up to 32GB of RAM, for example. It’s one of the few with support for up to 2TB of storage. And it’s the first with an AMD Ryzen 7 5825U processor, which should deliver stronger CPU performance than the custom AMD chip powering Valve’s Steam Deck handheld.

But the Steam Deck’s AMD RDNA 2 GPU should deliver stronger graphics performance than the previous-gen AMD Radeon Vega 8 integrated graphics in the AYA Neo Next, which makes AYA’s high price tag a little harder to swallow – the Steam Deck sells for as little as $399, after all, with even the highest-spec models priced at about half as much as an AYA device.

There’s also the high price of shipping to consider – AYA will ship the Neo Next straight from China, and the company says its own shipping costs are high, which explains why it costs as much as $70 to have one shipped to the US.

That said, early reviews of the AYA Neo Next from YouTubers suggest it’s got a great design and good performance. It’s smaller than a Steam Deck. And since it ship with Windows rather than Linux, it will support more games out of the box.

Here’s an overview of key specs for the AYA Neo Next and AYA Neo Next Pro which can be reserved through Indiegogo:

AYA Neo NextAYA Neo Next Pro
Display7 inches
1280 x 800 pixels
IPS LCD
5-point capacitive touch
7 inches
1280 x 800 pixels
IPS LCD
5-point capacitive touch
CPUAMD Ryzen 7 5825U
2 GHz base / 4.5 GHz max
AMD Ryzen 7 5825U
2 GHz base / 4.5 GHz max
GraphicsAMD Radeon Vega 8AMD Radeon Vega 8
RAM16GB LPDDR4x-426632GB LPDDR4x-4266
Storage1TB or 2TTB PCIe NVMe
M.2 2280
2TB PCIe NVMe
M.2 2280
ControlsHall Effect Sensor
Joysticks
Linear triggers
Gaming & Windows buttons
Hall Effect Sensor
Joysticks
Linear triggers
Gaming & Windows buttons
Battery47 Wh47 Wh
SecurityFingerprint sensorFingerprint sensor
Ports2 x USB Type-C
1 x 3.5mm audio
2 x USB Type-C
1 x 3.5mm audio
ColorsPastel Blue
Bright White
Midnight Blue
Jet Black
Space Silver
Pastel Blue
Bright White
Midnight Blue
Jet Black
Dimensions267 x 112 x 30mm
10.5″ x 4.4″ x 1.2″
267 x 112 x 30mm
10.5″ x 4.4″ x 1.2″
Weight720 grams
1.59 pounds
720 grams
1.59 pounds
Crowdfunding / retail price1TB for $1263 / $1335
2TB for $1315 / $1435
$1465 / $1535

For a breakdown of how those specs compare to other handheld gaming including the Steam Deck, the original AYA Neo (with a Ryzen 4000U series processor), and several other models from One Netbook and GPD, make sure to check out our Handheld Gaming PC comparison.

Compare handheld gaming PC specs (Steam Deck, AYA Neo, GPD Win Max and Win 3, ONEXPLAYER and OneGx1 Pro)

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  1. Looking like the IGG is going to be a failure. Hardly any backers even during the usual first day rush.

    I wonder why…

    1. Too bad. From what I’ve been reading, Aya seems to be the top rival for the Deck as a company overall so far. At least they seem to be the most decent company out of the 3 smaller rivals.

      One Netbook and GPD have been putting out turds in comparison and generally not providing much after-sales support for defective devices.

      Worse on GPD where they had that horrible article attacking the Deck plus creating spam accounts on Reddit and other places to spam their products on social media instead of focusing on their device and customers.

  2. Same resolution as the Steam Deck w/ Vega Graphics? Starts at around $1250? Where do I sign up! Wait? It runs on Windows? Is that Windows 11, where I’ll have to have a Microsoft account just to play games on my handheld?

    The only thing I can’t decide on…is if I want two or three? At this price, you might as well stock up!

    In all seriousness…If you signed up for Valve’s pre-order and you no longer want a Steam Deck, please just let the incoming offer from Valve expire. Your $5 will be refunded.

    That way…those of us in line after you won’t have to wait as long.

    Thanks,
    Steven B.

    1. I’m on the “Q2” list. I’m thinking worst case scenario it should arrive by July, but yes if anyone wants to cancel their reservation we all would greatly appreciate the change to get out Steam Deck a few months sooner.