That didn’t take long. Just a few hours after MSI started teasing an upcoming handheld gaming PC, details have emerged about its name, processor, and physical design.

Say hello to the Intel Meteor Lake-powered MSI Claw.

The name and design come courtesy of an image posted to Chinese retail site, and spotted by IT Home and @wxnod. And the processor details come from a set of Geekbench listings for the Micro-Star International Co., LTd. Claw A1M.

That’s how we know that at least one version of the handheld will feature an Intel Core Ultra 7 155H processor and up to 32GB of RAM. The processor features:

  • 16 cores and 22 threads
    • 6 Performance cores @ up to 4.8 GHz
    • 8 Efficiency cores @ up to 3.8 GHz
    • 2 Low-Power Efficiency cores @ up to 2.5 GHz
  • Intel Arc graphics
    • 8 Intel Xe GPU cores @ up to 2.25GHz
  • 28-watt processor based power
    • Up to 115 watt max turbo power
    • Up to 65W max assured power
  • Intel AI Boost NPU
    • Up to 1.4 GHz

AMD’s Ryzen processors have dominated the handheld gaming PC space for the last few years, thanks to AMD’s edge when it comes to integrated graphics. The Valve Steam Deck, Asus ROG Ally, Lenovo Legion Go, and most recent systems from AYA, AYN, GPD, and One Netbook feature AMD Ryzen processors with RDNA 2 or RDNA 3 graphics.

But Intel Meteor Lake-H processor are expected to offer competitive GPU performance, while also incorporating support for features like Intel XeSS upscaling technology.

It remains to be seen what this will mean in terms of real-world gaming performance, heat generation, and battery life. But it’s interesting to see that MSI, which has a long history in the gaming laptop space, has opted to use Intel’s new processor for its first entry in the handheld gaming space.

Like most other recent handheld gaming PCs, the MSI Claw has dual analog sticks with RGB backlighting, a D-Pad, four action buttons, and what look like shoulder triggers and front-facing speakers, plus a few other buttons around the screen.

There’s no word on the screen size, type, or resolution, how much storage the system has, what kind of ports it will use, if there’s support for external graphics docks, what kind of software it uses, how much the MSI will will cost, or when it will be available. But with CES just a few days away, we shouldn’t have to wait long for answers.

via ITHome, VideoCardz, and NotebookCheck

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  1. @liliputing_ Yet another without a trackpad… really don't undestand not including it especially if your OS is Windows where a good mousing input device is just as useful as with some games.

    Would be good to see some kind of a standard OS for these whether that was SteamOS or something else similar Linux-based. I know Valve initially had plans to offer theirs to device manufacturers but I'm not sure if they just never got around to it or if none of these companies want it.

    1. Kind of a shame that aside from Valve, only the various Chinese companies, including Lenovo, are putting in the effort to at the very least include a trackpad or trackpoint in their handhelds, and that’s not considering all the innovations they’re constantly bringing into the space. So far the American companies have been too afraid to bring a product to market with Dell only ever having that UFO prototype at CES and Singaporean company Razer is content with just reusing the Edge name for a failed Android handheld instead of reviving it as a modern PC tablet/handheld. And of course, we have Taiwanese companies Asus and now MSI who have the most uninspired and lowest effort PC handhelds on the market. Hopefully Acer could join in and make something actually interesting.