The AYA Neo Pocket Air is a handheld gaming system with a 5.5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel AMOLED display, built-in game controllers, and a MediaTek Dimensity 1200 processor.
It’s also the first Android-powered system from AYA, a company that’s best known for shipping handheld Windows computers built for gaming. First unveiled in January, it’s now available for pre-order for $279 and up through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, with rewards expected to begin shipping later this month.
While the starting price is the early bird reward level for an entry-level model with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, the company is offering three different configurations:
|Early Bird Price||IGG Price||Retail Price|
|6GB / 128GB||$279||$299||$319|
|8GB / 256GB||$329||$379||$429|
|12GB / 512GB||$399||$459||$519|
Each version of handheld has the same 1080p AMOLED display with 404 pixels per inch, LPDDR5 memory, UFS 3.1 storage, a 7,350 mAh battery, a 6-axis gyroscope, dual 6-axis linear motor, and vibration motor.
Ports include a 3.5mm audio jack, microSD card reader, full-function USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C and a second USB-C port that can only be used for charging.
Wireless capabilities include support for WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, and 4G LTE, and the handheld has a fingerprint sensor integrated in the power button, hall sensor joysticks and hall trigger shoulder buttons along with dual microphones, but no camera. There’s a fan for active cooling.
The AYA Neo Pocket Air measures 224 x 89.5 x 17mm (8.8″ x 3.5″ x 0.67″) and weighs 380 grams (13.4 ounces).
At the heart of the system is MediaTek’s Dimensity 1200 processor, which is a 6nm chip that features:
- 1 x Cortex-A78 CPU cores @ 3 GHz
- 3 x Cortex-A78 CPU cores @ 2.6 GHz
- 4 x Cortex-A55 CPU cores @ 2 GHz
- Mali-G77 MC9 graphics
If you were hoping for something more powerful than that, AYA has also recently announced a higher-performance Android handheld called the AYA Neo Pocket S. That upcoming model features a Qualcomm Snapdragon G3x Gen 2 processor, which is a new chip designed specifically for handheld gaming devices.
AYA says it’s an Android handheld with an”x86-level” cooling system with a large fan and support for three fan speed presets to let you flip between different cooling profiles.
The AYA Neo Pocket Air will ship with Android 12, but it also includes an AYA Home launcher and AYA Space app for managing games and settings.
There’s also a new “Cloud Game Database” feature that identifies games installed on your device and downloads matching cover arts, descriptions, and other content that can be displayed in the launcher.
AYA is hardly the first company to launch a gaming handheld powered by Android. But it is one of the first companies to do so that has a track record in the Windows handheld space.
Whether that’s enough to help the Pocket Air stand out in a crowded field remains to be seen.
This article was first published July 5, 2023 and most recently updated August 30, 2023.