AYA has been cranking out handheld gaming PCs with x86 chips and Windows software for a few years, and the company has a bunch of new models scheduled to launch in 2023.
But AYA is also planning to launch its first Android game console. The AYA Neo Pocket Air will be compact handheld with a 5.5 inch OLED display, built-in game controllers, and an emphasis on retro gaming. After unveiling the device in January, AYA showed off a prototype during a live stream on March 31st, 2023.
Detailed specs aren’t available yet, but the company has indicated that the Pocket Air will feature left and right analog sticks, a D-Pad, action button, shoulder buttons, and dedicated function keys.
The joysticks and trigger buttons will have hall sensors. And the system has a retro-inspired color scheme with a white body featuring red and tan highlights.
A vent on the top of the device makes it clear that the AYA Neo Pocket Air will have a fan for active cooling. There are also volume and power buttons on the top, as well as what appears to be a microphone.
On the bottom there are stereo speakers, a 3.5mm audio jack, a USB Type-C port, and I think I also see microSD card reader.
Pricing and detailed specs haven’t been revealed yet, but given that AYA is positioning this as a platform for playing older games, there’s reason to think it might have a mid-range processor rather than the latest flagship specs.
While the Pocket Air will run an Android-based operating system, it will also have an AYA Space launcher which is designed to help you navigate your game collection and adjust settings.
During the prototype demo, AYA CEO Arthur Zhang did not show any actual game play, but he did swipe through a few screenshots to show what the user interface could look like.
One picture showed what looks like a pretty typical Android Launcher, while another showed a game launcher that looks similar to the one included with the Logitech G Cloud and other Android-based handhelds designed for cloud gaming.
This article was first published January 18, 2023 and most recently updated March 31, 2023.