The AYA Neo Air 1S is a handheld gaming PC that’s smaller than a Nintendo Switch, but which  is a full-fledged Windows computer that packs an AMD Ryzen 7 7840U processor featuring Zen 4 CPU cores and RDNA 3 graphics and at least 16GB of RAM and 512GB of solid state storage. It also has a 5.5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel OLED display.

First revealed in June, the AYA Neo Air 1S is now available for pre-order for $800 and up during an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. The handheld should begin shipping to backers in August, when the prices are expected to rise to $900 and up.

Early Bird prices range from about $800 to $1,100 depending on the memory and storage configuration, while regular Indiegogo pricing goes from $850 for a 16GB/512GB model to $1,260 for a 32GB/4TB version.

While announcing pricing, availability, and configuration options, AYA also revealed that there will actually be two different versions of the handheld: an AYA Neo Air 1S Standard Edition model and an AYA Neo Air 1S ultra thin & light limited edition.

The name pretty much explains the primary difference: most AYA Neo Air models measure 224 x 89.5 x 21.6mm and weigh 450 grams, but the thin & light model is 224 x 89.5 x 18mm and 405 grams.

Of course, AYA had to make some sacrifices to reduce the size and weight. So while the standard version has a 38 Wh battery, the limited edition version has a 28Wh battery. And while the heavier version has a max TDP of 20 watts on battery power of 25 watts while plugged in, the thin & light model tops out at 15 watts on battery power and 18 watts while plugged in.

The limited edition model will also only be available in a single configuration: with 32GB of RAM and 2TB of storage. It will sell for $999 during crowdfunding or $1,129 at retail.

AYA says most models will begin shipping to backers in early August, 2023, while the thin & light limited edition model will begin shipping in late August.

Aside from the size, weight, battery, and power consumption, most specs are the same for all models, although there are more color options available for the standard edition.

Common specs include LPDDRX5 memory, a user-replaceable M.2 2280 PCIe SSD, and a set of ports including two USB4 Type-C ports, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a microSD card reader.

There’s a fingerprint sensor in the power button, linear hall triggers, joysticks with hall sensors, an x-axis linear vibration motor and two six-axis gyroscopic sensors for motion controls.

Here’s an overview of the features for AYA’s new handhelds:

AYA Neo Air 1S AYA Neo Air 1S Ultra thin & light limited edition
Display5.5 inches
1920 x 1080 pixels
AMOLED
404 ppi
350 nits
109% NTSC, 99″ DCI-P3, 100% sRGB, 96% Adobe RGB color gamut
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 7 7840U
8 x Zen 4 CPU cores / 16 threads
3.3 GHz base / 5.1 GHz boost
20MB cache
15 – 25W TDP
GPUAMD Radeon 780M
12 x RDNA 3 computer units
RAM16GB to 32GB
LPDDR5x
32GB
LPDDR5x
Storage512GB / 1TB / 2TB / 4TB
M.2 2280 SSD
2TB
M.2 2280 SSD
Ports2 x USB4 Type-C (full function)
1 x 3.5mm audio
1 x microSD card reader
WirelessWiFi 6E
Bluetooth 5.2
SensorsDual 6-axis gyroscope
X-axis linear vibration motor
Fingerprint sensor (integrated in power button)
Joysticks with hall sensors
Linear triggers with hall sensors
SoftwareWindows 11 Home
AYA Space 2.0
Battery38 Wh
10,050 mAh
28Wh
7,350 mAh
Power5 – 20 watt TDP (on battery)
5 – 25 watt TDP (plugged in)
5 – 15 watt TDP (on battery)
5 – 18 watt TDP (plugged in)
Dimensions224 x 89.5 x 21.6mm224 x 89.5 x 18mm
Weight450 grams405 grams
Color optionsAurora White
Polar Black
Retro Power
Retro Limited
Price$800 – $1,100 (crowdfunding)
$900 – $1,260 (retail)
$1000(crowdfunding)
$1,130 (retail)

This article was first published July 9, 2023 and most recently updated July 11, 2023. 

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