Aya Neo – a Nintendo Switch-style handheld gaming PC that promises to offer a full computing gaming experience in the palm of your hand – is now available for return on Indiegogo, starting at $ 6,120 HKD (~ $ 789 USD) for 500 GB model.
This version of Neo is technically the second, after the limited, sold-out edition of “Founder’s Edition”, which Aya offered in January. The new, broader version promises several improvements over this original version, including:
- Improved operating system
- Reduced weight
- The option to switch to rumble
- Better buttons
- Better power consumption and performance presets
- Improvements to issues that have caused resolution scaling problems or blurred screens
The company also unveiled a new additional $ 47 dock that adds two USB 3.2 Gen 1 type-A ports, an HDMI port, an SD card slot, a MicroSD card slot and an Ethernet jack – another concept similar to the Switch.
The other features of the Aya Neo are still the same: 7-inch 1280×800 IPS display, 10-25W AMD Ryzen 4500U processor, 16 GB LPDDR4x RAM, three USB-C ports and up to 6 hours estimated battery life. Don’t expect to play triple A games at high settings, but we managed to start competently Star Wars: Squadrons at 60fps with Founder’s Edition and had almost enough power to play the unfinished Walheim in motion.
All this said that Aya Neo is still a product funded by the public, by the original company. And while it’s certainly encouraging that Aya has managed to send its original edition of Neos to Founder Edition, it still has the usual elements of risk when it comes to mass-funded products – even those that are technical models from second generation.
But if you’re ready to roll the dice, you can return the Aya Neo to Indiegogo for $ 6,120 HKD (about $ 789 USD) for the 500 GB model or $ 6,750 HKD (approximately $ 869 USD) for the 1TB model, which is about 10% what the products are planned to be sold for after the crowdfunding campaign. Delivery is scheduled for May.