With all the possible hype, AyaNeo – during a very popular live streaming on YouTube – has announced yet another portable console, the AyaNeo NEXT II which will arrive on the market in the future with the benefit of dedicated laptop-level graphics cards.
Like a volcano in full swing, a few weeks after the launch of a portable console in collaboration with Meizu, the specialist in handheld platforms, the Hong Kong-based AyaNeo, announced the future arrival on the market of a new handheld gaming platform, the AyaNeo NEXT II which , heir to the model launched at the beginning of the year, will present not just original specifications.
The new console, animated by Windows 11, will be characterized in the middle by an unspecified display surrounded, on the sides, by action buttons, triggers on the shoulders, analog sticks to be managed with the thumbs and D-Pad: curiously, there will also be two touchpads squared, small, one of which on the right and one on the left. Intended to compete with the Steam Deck, the AyaNeo II, contrary to what was originally hypothesized, will not get additional graphics power with the use of eGPUs, external dedicated graphics cards, but will integrate real discrete GPUs.
In particular, the manufacturer intends to use both Intel, with the 12th generation Alder Lake processors, and AMD, with the Ryzen 6000 APUs: in both cases the processor models that will be used have not been specified, although it is they are likely to have low energy consumption so as not to generate too much heat. This, on a graphical level, could lead to the adoption of dGPU Arc 300 for Intel and, for AMD, the Radeon 6000 Mobile, with a focus on the Radeon RX 6400M or RX 6500M iterations.
In proceeding to integrate a dedicated laptop-class graphics, AyaNeo, according to the assumptions made by its CEO, Arthur Zhang, would have considered two hypotheses: the first involves soldering the GPU together with the CPU on the motherboard, leaving the possibility of replacing the battery, between a large and a small one, depending on whether you prefer autonomy or portability. In the second hypothetical case, there would be a removable module made for both the battery and the discrete GPU. At home you could connect the console to a display and, needing more power, insert the discrete GPU while, out and about, contenting yourself with less visual quality, you could rely on the internal graphics and leave the battery inserted.
To date, the distribution date of the new AyaNeo NEXT II console is not known, just as its prices remain a mystery: in this regard, however, it is not legitimate to expect popular price lists, given that the first version of the Next costs between the 1,300 and the 1,6.00 dollars.