The AYANEO Flip is a handheld gaming PC with a clamshell-style design that makes it look like a little laptop. While most recent handheld computers designed for gaming have screens in the middle and controllers on the sides, the AYA Neo Flip has a screen that flips open like a laptop and game controllers in the base… along with a little something extra.

An AYANEO Flip KB model has a QWERTY keyboard designed for thumb typing, while the AYANEO Flip DS has a small secondary display instead. Both models are available for pre-order through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, and they’re expected to begin shipping in March.

Both models are available with several processor, memory, and storage configurations, with prices varying depending on when you order. There are a bunch of factors to consider, but I’ll try to summarize everything in one table:

AYANEO Flip KBAYANEO Flip DS
SpecsEarly BirdIGGRetailEarly BirdIGGRetail
Ryzen 7 7840U/16GB/512GB$699$799$899$739$839$939
Ryzen 7 7840U/32GB/2TB$959$1,059$1,129$999$1,099$1,169
Ryzen 7 7840U/64GB/2TB$1,199$1,319$1,399$1,239$1,359$1,439
Ryzen 7 8840U/16GB/512GB$739$839$939$779$879$979
Ryzen 7 8840U/32GB/2TB$999$1,099$1,169$1,039$1,139$1,209
Ryzen 7 8840U/64GB/2TB$1,239$1,359$1,439$1,279$1,399$1,479

All models have a 7 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS primary display with a 120 Hz refresh rate and a 180 degree hinge that allows you to position the screen so that it’s parallel to the base or tilted at an angle like a laptop computer. It automatically locks in place at 120 degree, 150 degree, and 180 degree angles.

The AYANEO Flip DS (dual screen) also has a 3.5 inch, 960 x 640 pixel secondary display with a 3:2 aspect ratio and support for touch input, while the AYANEO Flip KB (keyboard) has an RGB backlit QWERTY keyboard.

Both models feature LPDDR5x memory, an M.2 2230 slot for up to 2TB of PCIe 4.0 NVMe solid state storage, and a 28-watt AMD Ryzen 7 processor with 8 Zen 4 CPU cores and Radeon 780M integrated graphics with 12 RDNA 3 GPU compute units. Models with Ryzen 7 8840U chips also have a higher-performance NPU for hardware-accelerated AI features, but otherwise there’s not much difference between that chip and the slightly older Ryzen 7 7840U processor.

Other features that are common to both models include hall sensing joysticks and linear trigger shoulder buttons, a 6-axis gyroscope for motion controls, and an optical sensor that sort of works like a tiny touchpad or mouse.

Ports include:

  • 1 x USB4 Type-C (power, video, and 40 Gbps data)
  • 1 x OCuLink (64 Gbps)
  • 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C (data-only, up to 10 Gbps)
  • 1 x microSD card reader
  • 1 x 3.5mm audio

The AYANEO Flip has a 45 Wh battery, support for WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2, and a fingerprint reader in the power button. The handheld measures 180 x 102 x 30mm (or 38mm at the thickest point), and weighs 650 grams, and has a vapor chamber and fan inside the case for active cooling.

The AYANEO Flip ships with Windows 11 and features AYASPACE 2.0 software for managing games and settings.

According to the company, models with Ryzen 7 7840U processors should begin shipping by mid-March, while AYANEO Flip models with Ryzen 7 8840U chips should ship in late April.

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  1. Samsung and Apple won’t release as many models as AyaNeo will this year. Paying them over a grand with little to no hope of long term support is throwing your money away. Also, this company has been around for years now. Are they ever going to stop using crowdfunding? Amateur hour.

  2. Brad: Thanks for such a good job reporting, but really, I hate to say, you don’t get it either. These companies have transitioned to gaming machines becausethey NEVER made a good pocketable laptop. The closest was the Sony Vaio P, but it had a bad processor. The Win Max 2 has a very usable keyboard, but is too big. You see, THE WORLD HAS NEVER SEEN A GOOD ONE, even though it is VERY DOABLE. When done, it will sell like crazy.

    Harrison: a phone isnot a pocket computer! We eed Windows in the pocket, and today’s technology can easily do this. Without Windows , you cannot be a power user of a pocket computer.

    Ilvee: See you get it! And there are others, Brad. Many others who get it, but the laptop makers do not. So it never takes off and proves its huge profitability, because it has NEVER been made. But it can be, easily.

    1. I really do think there’s just more demand for oversized PSP shaped slabs than there is for pocket laptops. Of course that’s partially because phones are the way they are, being walled gardens where a game that works one year can break or disappear the next, can’t easily be archived and is buried under a mountain of knock-offs and low effort games as soon as its released. Also, app stores don’t exactly encourage self control. I wish this wasn’t the case but that doesn’t change how it is.
      Have you considered the possibility that a sizable chunk of the people actually using handhelds to play games are children? Children who by this point likely have a school issue laptop for working on but they’re not allowed to play games on due to various software restriction policies, and won’t care much for a pocket laptop since they’ve already got a laptop.

  3. I would have been tempted to get the keyboard version if Ayaneo’s QC and support hasn’t tanked with their constant new products. I actually like this layout better than the Win Mini. Overall aesthetics isn’t good though.

  4. If Aya would make the keyboard version without the controllers, and just all keyboard on the base, and then have dettachable controllers, then it would be a usable pocket computer, and they would sell many thousands.
    Why don’t you see that the world wants a pocket Windows computer that has a decent keyboard the size of the Win Max 2, but without the touchpad and controllers of the Win Max 2(and a smaller, thinner screen).
    Don’t they want to make money?

    1. If the world really wanted that, GPD and One Netbook wouldn’t have primarily pivoted to gaming PCs. Both companies were also making non-gaming models for a number of years, but those product categories have become an afterthought.

      Don’t get me wrong, I’d also like to see more mini-laptops that aren’t designed first and foremost for gaming. But gaming handhelds appear to be a growing market, while mini-laptops… not so much.

      1. About 4.7 billion people already have usable pocket-computers, they just don’t run Windows, macOS or (mainline) Linux.

        I would love it if Apple resurrected the 11″ Macbook Air (or something even smaller) with an M-series CPU. Or if Acer, etc revisited the “cheap netbook” concept with an Alder Lake-N CPU and a better LCD. As-is, I’m seriously considering the MNT Pocket Reform, despite its price and (relative) chunkiness for a device with a 7″ screen.

        But for better or for worse, smartphones and small tablets have largely cannibalised the “pocket computer” market. Gaming handhelds are the exception, because smartphones are almost always ARM-based and passively cooled.

      2. Can you please just ban that guy already? He keeps sh*tting up the comments sections of every article with his inane ramblings and obvious sockpuppet accounts.

    2. The best of both worlds would’ve been a full width keyboard and detachable controller like onexg.