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.

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.

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.

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. But as long as it supports WiFi, it could also provide some competition for the Logitech G Cloud and Razer Edge in the handhelds-for-cloud-gaming space.

via AYANEO (YouTube), /r/ayaneo (Reddit) and AYANEO (Discord)

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  1. At this screen size (5.5 inch), this device will be too large to take anywhere with you. It will be “portable” but it will not be “pocketable”. I think the only x86 devices that were pocketable was the GPD Win-1 and the GPD Win-2. From the side of ARM devices, most of them are pocketable. With the likes of the Retroid Pocket 3+ and the PowKiddy RG10 Max-1 being at the limit of being pocketable (smaller devices are fine, but larger devices, like the RG 10 Max-2 and Anbernic RG 505, won’t fit into pockets).

    The second part to this mystery is the device. It’s using a 5.5in OLED 16:9 display, so it can’t be cheap. Which means the final price will be a smidge expensive. That means they could upsell this with a more powerful processor, although I doubt it. I think the Unisoc T760, Kirin 980, Exynos 990, Dimensity 820, or Snapdragon 855 are a list of great chipsets that should be considered.

    Obviously those are the minimum spec I would expect for a pricey handheld, anything faster is welcome. These are just the ones that can properly handle emulation of PS2, 3DS, GameCube, and Wii. Anything weaker like the Unisoc T740, Kirin 970, Exynos 9825, or Snapdragon 845, well they won’t be able to emulate those midrange systems anymore.

  2. They will be released when this CPUs will be outdated and cheap enough.
    Just like Chinese mini PCs with almost discontinued CPUs.