The AYA Neo line of handheld gaming PCs is getting… complicated. It’s only been two years since the Chinese startup introduced its first Windows handheld with an AMD processor, and since then the company has shipped a few updated models with newer, faster processors.
But things got pretty wild this summer with the introduction of an AYA Neo 2, AYA Neo Slide, AYA Neo AIR, and AYA Neo Air Plus (which, ironically, has less impressive specs, but a much lower price tag). And then there’s the AYA Neo Geek, which the company is positioning as an affordable model with premium specs.
It’s expected to sell for around $635 and up in China, although it’ll probably cost around $100 more when it hits global markets. Update: The AYA Neo Geek will ship globally in December with pricing starting at $799 during crowdfunding or $949 at retail.
Coming in November, the new model looks very similar to the AYA Neo 2, with a similar display and body. But it’s meant to be a more affordable option with slightly less impressive specs.
The AYA Neo Air 2, for example, supports WiFi 6E, has dual gyroscopic sensors, ships standard with an AMD Ryzen 7 6800U processor, and will be available in configurations with up to 2TB of storage. But the Geek Edition model tops out at WiFi 6, 1TB of storage, and comes with a choice of two different processors.
Both the AYA Neo 2 and the AYA Neo Geek feature 7 inch displays, 16GB of RAM, three USB 4 Type-C ports, fingerprint readers, and built-in joysticks. And both support either Windows 11 or the Linux-based AYA Neo OS.
AYA will offer at least a few different pricing/configuration options of the AYA Neo Geek:
- Black with a 1280 x 800 pixel display and 512GB of storage
- Violet with a 1920 x 1200 pixel display and 1TB or 2TB of storage
AYA plans to offer a choice of AMD Ryzen 5 6600U/Radeon 660M and Ryzen 7 6800U/Radeon 680M processor options, but all models will have the same hall-effect joysticks as the pricier AYA Neo 2.
In recent posts to Chinese social media, AYA has indicated that prices will start at around 4,399 CNY ($635) in China, with early bird customers also getting a special “gift.” I’d expect that to be a carrying case or something of similar value.
International pricing hasn’t been revealed yet, but AYA plans to launch an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for the AYA Neo Geek later this month.
via AYA Neo (YouTube) and AYA Neo
This article was first published June 1, 2022 and most recently updated September 12, 2022.
Did Mr. Arthur CEO really snub Valve when they reached out to AYANEO about helping get SteamOS running on AYANEO devices?
For real man, what do they even gain by making another fork instead of contributing patches to an established distro? Maybe they’re trying to push their own game store, but in that case, just who the hell is funding these people!? Weren’t they a startup that launched their first product last year, and now they’ve got over half a dozen and now maybe even a game store?
That was a rhetorical question, the answer is almost certainly either Alibaba, Tencent, or the Chinese government.
I’m only interested in the SLIDE and/or the FLIP if that’s jacket pocketable and has a keyboard. Any new info after that white mockup (not liking the white/orange colors but the black color scheme is nice).
Too me, for any bar form factor which doesn’t fit in my pocket, I’d just use the Steam Deck. I really hope the SLIDE and FLIP hasn’t become AYA’s side/low priority projects.
Would be cool if the FLIP could replace my pocket friendly Win 2. Otherwise, the SLIDE looks more interesting than the Win 4.
Me too. If AYA slide has at least a Ryzen 7 6800U/Radeon 680M, awesome
Small, but important correction: At the conference, the company announced that the AYA Neo 2: Geek was being rebranded as just the AYA Neo Geek. They are not two different devices with the same specs. AYA lowered the price of the product they showed us in June.
I’m not sure how this is a correction? I updated the article from June to include with the new name and pricing. I never said this was a new model.
I’m also not sure it’s actually gotten a price cut. In June Aya said it’d sell for $699. Now we’ve learned it’ll have a lower starting price in China, but it’s likely the global price will still be $699 or higher.
I suppose you don’t read your own writing, or anyone else’s, for that matter. I never wrote that you said this was a new model. I wrote: “they are not two different devices with the same specs.” Your 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 6th paragraphs – almost the ENTIRETY – of this article demarcates the Aya Neo 2 and the Aya Neo Geek as two separate products.
“…the introduction of an AYA Neo 2, AYA Neo Slide, AYA Neo AIR, and AYA Neo Air Plus (which, ironically, has less impressive specs, but a much lower price tag). And then there’s the AYA Neo Geek…”
“…the new model looks very similar to the AYA Neo 2, with a similar display and body. But it’s meant to be a more affordable option with slightly less impressive specs.”
“Both the AYA Neo 2 and the AYA Neo Geek feature 7 inch displays, 16GB of RAM…”
I’m honestly impressed that you didn’t even bother to check before you started typing the article itself, never mind the reply.
Lastly, a price cut – even of 65 USD – is still a price cut. I don’t know why you’d both state the empirical fact that it is, and simultaneously argue that it isn’t because some regions also have to pay for logistics.
The AYA Neo 2 Geek has been rebranded as the AYA Neo Geek. But the AYA Neo 2 is still a separate product.
Can anyone who has purchased a device from AYA or AYN speak on the post-purchase experience ? How is the support? If it breaks are you stuck ? Because I like how you can buy replacement parts for the Steam Deck one by one if you needed to. Makes me feel better it will last for years.
There’s one guy in their discord server who bought an Air but his left analog stick broke. He said they paid for the shipping to China (presumably and back)
Thank you so much AYN for lighting a fire under everyone’s trousers. Steam Deck was spark we needed, but AYN is the heroic arsonist who will help burn down the sickly, overpriced Chinese handhelds market and rebuild a much healthier market from the ashes. We will now see which companies besides AYA can adapt and rise and which companies remain in the dirt (cough GPD cough cough).
AYN haven’t actually delivered anything x86 based yet though.
Not to mention their very name clearly being an attempt to trick people into thinking they are AYA. Pretty scummy.
And while somewhat overpriced, the x86 handhelds weren’t taking everyone for a ride. They had a limited market, so couldn’t charge low prices. And Steam are abusing their position by selling at a loss/at cost.