The AYA Neo line of portable gaming PCs gets…complicated. It’s only been two years since the Chinese startup introduced its first Windows handheld with an AMD processor, and since then the company has shipped a few updated models with newer, faster processors.
But things got pretty wild this summer with the release of an AYA Neo 2, AYA Neo Slide, AYA Neo AIR and AYA Neo Air Plus (which, ironically, has less impressive specs but a much lower price tag). And then there’s the AYA Neo Geekwhich the company positions as an affordable model with premium specs.
It is expected to retail for around $635 and up in China, though it will likely cost around $100 more when it hits global markets. Update: The AYA Neo Geek will ship worldwide in December with prices starting at $799 during crowdfunding or $949 at retail.
The new model, which will be released in November, is very similar to the AYA Neo 2, with a similar screen and housing. But it’s meant to be a more affordable option with slightly less impressive specs.
For example, the AYA Neo Air 2 supports WiFi 6E, has dual gyroscopic sensors, comes standard with an AMD Ryzen 7 6800U processor, and will be available in configurations with up to 2TB of storage. But the Geek Edition model tops WiFi 6, 1TB of storage and comes with a choice of two different processors.
Both the AYA Neo 2 and AYA Neo Geek have 7-inch displays, 16 GB of RAM, three USB 4 Type-C ports, fingerprint readers and built-in joysticks. And both support Windows 11 or the Linux-based AYA Neo OS.
Anyway, AYA offers a few different price/configuration options of the AYA Neo Geek:
- Black with a screen of 1280 x 800 pixels and 512 GB of storage
- Violet with a screen of 1920 x 1200 pixels and 1 TB or 2 TB of storage space
AYA plans to offer a choice of AMD Ryzen 5 6600U/Radeon 660M and Ryzen 7 6800U/Radeon 680M processor options, but all models will have the same hall-effect joysticks as the more expensive AYA Neo 2.
In recent posts on Chinese social media, AYA has indicated that prices in China will start at around CNY 4,399 ($635), with early bird customers also getting a special ‘gift’. I would expect that to be a tote bag or something of similar value.
International pricing has not yet been announced, but AYA plans to launch an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for the AYA Neo Geek later this month.
via AYA Neo (YouTube) and AYA Neo
This article was first published on June 1, 2022 and last updated on September 12, 2022.