Gaming handhelds are fast becoming a popular niche in the gaming market, with several big players in the industry such as ASUS, Valve, and now AOKZOE, all vying for a slice of the pie. AOKZOE, a new entrant in the gaming handheld market, has now unveiled its new A1 Pro, which it hopes will take on the likes of the ASUS ROG Ally and Valve's Steam Deck.
The A1 Pro is the successor to last year's AOKZOE A1, which received a positive reception in the market. However, the A1 Pro is set to be even better, with a more powerful AMD Ryzen 7 7840U APU with a Radeon 780M iGPU, up to 64 GB of RAM, and 2 TB of storage.
One of the most significant selling points of the A1 Pro is its processor. The Ryzen 7 7840U is an 8-core processor based on AMD's Zen 4 architecture, which delivers 3.3 GHz base and 5.1 GHz boost clock speeds. This powerful APU is paired with the Radeon 780M, an RDNA 3-based iGPU with 12 Compute Units (CUs), capable of delivering up to 8.6 TFLOPs of performance (FP32). With this combination, the A1 Pro is expected to deliver high performance, making it ideal for gaming and other demanding applications.
Furthermore, AOKZOE has paired the Ryzen 7 7840U with LPDDR5-6400 RAM and PCIe 3.0 x4 storage. However, the device's M.2 2280 supports PCIe 4.0 drives, making it possible for users to upgrade the storage in the future. With up to 64 GB of RAM and 2 TB of storage, the A1 Pro is expected to deliver an exceptional gaming experience, which will rival many gaming laptops.
The A1 Pro also boasts an 8-inch display, with a resolution of 1200p, which is larger than the ASUS ROG Ally's 7-inch display. The larger screen size and higher resolution are expected to deliver a better gaming experience, especially for games with high-end graphics. Additionally, the A1 Pro will have a touch screen display, which will be ideal for games that require touch controls.
The A1 Pro is set to launch at a very competitive price point, starting at US$799, making it more affordable than both the ASUS ROG Ally and the Steam Deck. However, this pricing will only apply to 'Super Early Bird' orders. It is expected that there will be slightly higher 'Early Bird' and 'Indiegogo' offers before it reaches its US$999 retail price.
It is worth noting that the A1 Pro's pricing is significantly lower than that of its competitors, which could make it more appealing to gamers who are looking for an affordable yet powerful gaming handheld. However, it remains to be seen whether the A1 Pro will be able to match the performance and quality of its competitors, especially given that it is a relatively new entrant in the market.
AOKZOE has also announced that the A1 Pro will be available for pre-order on Indiegogo, with the campaign set to begin on April 30. It is hoped that the campaign will generate enough interest and funding to support the development and production of the A1 Pro.
In conclusion, the AOKZOE A1 Pro is an exciting new entrant into the gaming handheld market, offering powerful specifications, a larger display, and a competitive