The AYANEO Pocket S is a handheld game console powered with a 6 inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel IPS LCD touchscreen display, built-in game controllers, and support for up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage.

What sets it apart from most AYANEO handhelds is that instead of an AMD processor, the AYANEO Pocket S has a Qualcomm Snapdragon G3x Gen 2 processor and instead of Windows, it runs Android. That means it should be thinner, lighter, and cheaper than most AYANEO handhelds. But we have to wait a little longer for pricing: AYANEO has revealed more specs about the upcoming handheld, but hasn’t said how much it’ll cost yet.

The company first started talking about the AYNEO Pocket S last summer as a premium alternative to the AYANEO Pocket Air, which was the first AYANEO device with an ARM processor and Android software. That model currently sells for $299 and up, but features a 5.5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel AMOLED display, a MediaTek Dimensity 1200 processor, and up to 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.

The new AYANEO Pocket S should deliver better gaming performance, thanks to a Qualcomm processor designed for handheld gaming. The Snapdragon G3x Gen 2 processor is a 15-watt chip with 8 Qualcomm Kryo CPU cores and a 1 GHz Adreno A32 GPU. There’s also a fan for active cooling, which should aid in performance.

AYANEO also put a hardware button on one side of the handheld, which users can click to prioritize performance or battery life by choosing between three profiles that adjusts processor settings and the fan speed. Those modes are described as Performance, Balanced, and Long Battery Life.

Other features include a metal frame, a body that measures 14mmm (0.55 inches) thick (when you don’t count the grips), and game controllers with dual RGB backlit analog sticks, a D-Pad, action buttons, shoulder triggers, a six-axis gyroscope, and vibration motors. The joysticks and triggers use hall sensors.

There’s a single USB-C port on the bottom of the AYANEO Pocket S, and a fingerprint sensor embedded in the power button on top of the handheld.

The AYANEO Pocket S is expected to launch in April, but there’s already a preview page for an upcoming Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, where you can sign up to notified when crowdfunding begins.

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  1. Is Android receiving a Resident Evil Village and Death Stranding port like iOS? Is this good enough to run PS3 emulation?

  2. These Android gaming devices are pointless, they are useless! They can very well be replaced by a medium/high range smartphone with a bluetooth controller. I spend 300 dollars to play smartphone games like angry birds and the like? For that price or so I can buy a Steam Deck and play all the PC games I want!

    1. Emulation and cloud gaming with in theory better battery life than a steam deck , Rog etc.

  3. “Pocket S”
    this models have nothing to do with pockets, unless they are thinking of pockets in your backpack.
    MAKE THIS THINGS SMALLLER ! I do not want to carry bag with me for mobile gaming.

  4. @liliputing_ Would have been a much better idea to load it with Windows on Arm. Android gaming is just lackluster compared to it, even when compared to iOS now (see the latest ports of Resident Evil and Death Stranding)

    1. That because soup gets yummier as the Arby’s meat charbroils.

      1. Actually iOS does have (some) Emulation scene as well. I expect iOS to probably surpass Android in the next year IF the European Union wins. It will allow proper sideloading of Apps on iPhones and iPads. Have a look at MacBook and Emulators on it, there is a reconnaissance.

        The “old” M1 chipset from 2020 screams performance on the iPads, that Android won’t have a response until 2025. And whilst Apple has been complacent with their A-chips, the A17 is still ahead of the largest QC 8g3+ chipset. They’re usually 0.5-2 years ahead. Even if Qualcomm surpasses them, they need a bigger lead, since the code on Android is not “as native” as the one on iOS. So potentially iOS Emulators might be able to tap into APIs and squeeze out better performance.

        …not that any of this has any bearing on this article, this device, or AYANEO (a very weird company).

        1. Well, to “win”, they’d have to actually dispute Apple’s “nothing runs on our phone if it’s not reviewed and signed by us” policy. And the surpassing of Android is only going to happen in the EU unless they dispute that too for some reason. I haven’t heard anything like either of those happening yet.