Handheld gaming PC maker AYA says its first models powered by AMD Ryzen 7 6800U processor and Radeon 680M graphics will begin shipping in December. Customers in China may get their hands on units in November.

The AYA Neo 2 is a handheld computer with a 7 inch display, at least 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, built-in game controllers, and Windows 11 software (as well as support for a Linux-based OS called AYA Neo OS. Meanwhile the AYA Neo Geek is a cheaper model with a similar design, but a few changes meant to make this device a little more affordable. Update: The two handheld gaming PCs went up for pre-order through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign that began on November 3, 2022.

AYA Neo 2

While the AYA Neo 2 and AYA Neo Geek look pretty similar, there are a few key differences while help explain why prices for the AYA Neo 2 start at $949 during crowdfunding (or $1099 at retail) while the AYA Neo Geek starts at $749 during crowdfunding (or $949 retail).

Both devices, for example, have fingerprint sensors, gyroscopic motion sensors, vibration motors, and PCIe NVMe solid-state storage, but the AYA Neo 2 has motion sensors in both the body and handles, a higher-quality vibration motor, touch-to-wake support for the fingerprint sensor, and a PCIe 4.0 SSD by default. It’s also slightly thinner and all models come with a 1920 x 1200 pixel display (while only higher-priced versions of the AYA Neo Geek have a full HD screen).

Common features across both models include 50.25 Wh batteries, support for up to 32GB of LPDDR5-6400 memory and up to 2GB of PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs (you’ll need to supply your own with the Geek though, as it ships with a PCIe 3 SSD), support for WiFi 6, and Bluetooth 5.2.

Both handhelds have stereo speakers, dual microphones, and a 3.5mm audio jack. And both have three USB Type-C ports (two of which are USB4 ports with support for external graphics docks or other high-speed accessories).

AYA Neo Geek

And both have hall sensors for their joysticks and linear trigger buttons for precise control while gaming.

AYA, which is based in China, says the Neo Geek will go up for pre-order globally soon through an Indiegogo campaign, while the AYA Neo 2 will be available for purchase from the company’s website.

Here’s an overview of pricing for each model and configuration:

RAM / Storage (screen res)Indiegogo Early BirdIndiegogo (normal)Retail
AYA Neo 2 
16GB / 512GB (1200p)$949$999$1099
16GB / 1 TB (1200p)$999$1099$1299
32GB / 2TB (1200p)$1199$1299$1499
AYA Neo Geek
16GB / 512GB (800p)$749$849$949
16GB / 1TB (1200p)$949$999$1169
16GB / 2TB (1200p)$1049$1099$1269
32GB / 2TB (1200p)$1149$1199$1369

While those prices make AYA’s newest handhelds substantially more expensive than Valve’s Steam Deck (which sells for $399 to $649), these systems also have faster processors, higher-performance graphics, a more compact body, support for a higher-resolution display, and Windows software, among other things. AYA is also a much smaller company than Valve, which makes it difficult to compete on price.

You can see how AYA’s new handheld compare with the Steam Deck and other handhelds in Liliputing’s handheld gaming PC comparison.

A few more details about pricing and configuration options: the standard versions of the AYA Neo 2 listed above come in either black or white. But there are also a few special edition models with custom color schemes and specs:

  • AYA Neo 2 B.Duck w/16GB/1TB for $1049 / $1149 / $1349 (Super Early Bird / Early Bird / Retail)
  • AYA Neo Retro Power w/32GTB/2TB for $1249 / $1349 / $1549 (Super Early Birds / Early Bird / Retail)

The AYA Neo Geek comes in two color options: black or transparent violet. The black model is the entry-level configuration with a 1280 x 800 pixel display and 512GB of storage. If you pay extra for a 1200p display and 1TB or more of storage, then you’ll get the transparent violet model.

via AYA

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    1. One this campaign ends and they start delivering, we’ll get information about at least one of these two.

  1. These companies have a very interesting strategy of releasing a relatively-niche , premium electronics product (as far as price for sure) during a recession. And with Steam soon ending the reservation system that would remove another barrier for potential buyers. Add that in with the fact we have non idea what kind of long term support or warranty you will have with these devices and it becomes an even tougher sell. Yes, it is more powerful and the option for external graphics is pretty dang awesome (as, in theory it could be a full on desktop gaming computer). But the $399 price point is huge for Steam and for people that may be on the fence of getting a handheld gaming PC. Good luck to them, the more competition the better it is for us all.

    1. I wish that I could completely agree that the Steam Deck should be sufficient to prevent any of these no-warranty options from China being popular at all.

      However, Valve made some very unfortunate choices in the design of the Steam Deck.

      For one, it’s physically massive. Massive enough that I don’t want one. Another problem is that many people really do not like the touchpad joysticks. I owned one of the Steam Controllers, so I’m already convinced I don’t like those.

      Also, the placement of the USB-C port is an absolute nope for me. It seems like a small thing, but I view that as a failure of design. No products should be designed where the USB cable will be bent at an angle that may ultimately damage the port or cable. It makes no sense that the port wasnt placed on the bottom.

      And another problem for me is the lack of support for upgrading the M.2 storage. It was a very unfortunate decision to choose M.2 2230 as the form factor, as these drives have very poor availability and pricing. Not to mention the questionable support for Host Memory Buffer, meaning an upgraded SSD might perform very poorly if you don’t pick one carefully.

      1. Those criticisms are fair. I like that the port is at the top since I can charge it while gaming on it if needed. Also the cable I use is already bent at the top (one of those L-shaped type of cables). I know that I am in the minority when it comes to the size of the device though. I am 6’4″ with large hands and I’ve never felt more comfortable playing games on a portable device. I don’t have a counter on the rest of that though. Good luck to anyone preordering / buying one of these devices from China though. We will see over the next six months to a year on how well they hold up.

    1. I hope the Flip has a keyboard. More useful than a second screen or, worse, a lot of empty space.

  2. So, we can expect to start getting details and information about the Flip by end of November?

  3. Did Aya put the Slide at the back of the line? That’s what I’m interested in. Maybe the Flip too if it ends up being a spiritual successor to the Win 2 (ie. pocketable size and keyboard).

    Outside of the Steam Deck, I’m not interested in other bar type handhelds no matter the size and features. However, I’m definitely interested in buying pocket friendly handhelds with keyboards.

    1. Same. The only other handhelds I’m interested in outside of my Steam Deck (because Valve) are the smaller ones with keyboards for hybrid pocket UMPC + gaming use cases.

      I even got a second Win 2 (first one broke due to user damage) last year. I wonder if there’d be enough demand for an improved Win 2 with 4G, backlit keyboard and maybe a Mendocino APU among other needed enhancements. I’d get it.

      1. I’d take an improved Win 2 without being larger even if performance is the same.

        +1 for built 4G too.

        1. Yeah, there’s certainly a market for it.

          ALL the devices announced as x86 Handheld in the past few years have NOT been pocketable. They’re Portable like an iPad, but not “take anywhere” like a phone. The GPD Win-1 and GPD Win-2 were the only exceptions.