Handheld gaming PC maker AYA is in the process of upgrading its lineup with new models sporting the latest AMD chips which should bring big gains in CPU and graphics performance. And the next in line has a few things that help set it apart from the competition.

The AYA Neo Air 1S is smaller than Valve’s Steam Deck, the Asus ROG Ally, or even the Nintendo Switch. But it packs a 5.5 inch, FHD AMOLED display and an AMD Ryzen 7 7840U processor with Radeon 780M integrated graphics, which help it stay competitive with best-in-class competitors. It goes up for pre-order July 11th for $799 and up through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.

The AYA Neo Air 1S has the same physical design as the Neo Air and Air Pro models that launched a year ago, but those models sported AMD Ryzen 5000U processors with Radeon Vega graphics.

According to AYA, not only will the new models offer significantly better gaming performance, but the company has also improved heat dissipation for better sustained performance, updated the audio hardware to the new “AYA Neo Hyper Sound” stereo speaker system, and upgraded the memory from LPDDR4x to LPDDR5x.

One thing that hasn’t changed is that it’s hard to stuff a large battery into such a compact design, so the AYA Neo Air 1S will have the same 10,050 mAh, 38 Wh battery as last year’s models, which should provide a few hours of run time for less demanding games, but which will likely struggle with more resource-intensive titles.

The company does try to extend battery life a bit by limiting the TDP to 20 watts by default when you’re using the AYA Neo Air 1S on battery power, while allowing it to run at up to 25 watts when plugged in.

AYA Neo Air 1S specs
Display5.5 inches
1920 x 1080 pixels
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
StorageM.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
Dimensions224 x 89.5 x 21.6mm
Weight450 grams

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  1. A 5.5 inch screen size. You’ve got to have seriously good vision to run windows 11 and play pc games on that size of screen. My eyes would be throwing in the tunnel. Says it all when the article below has a zen phone with a bigger screen than this gaming portable. Maybe it’s just my old eyes, but there has to be serious compromises using windows 11 on this size screen.