Asus Prepares Ally To Crush Steam Deck On June 13th

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Asus has announced its new generation handheld gaming console series, Ally, with a launch date of June 13 via BestBuy. Pre-orders may be placed immediately by those who wish to reserve one, but let’s first consider the greatest reason that you might want one:

AMD Handheld APUsCores/ThreadsRDNA GenCompute UnitsTeraflopsCache (MB)TDP (W)
Ryzen Z1 Extreme8/163128.6249-30W
Ryzen Z16/12342.8229-30W
Steam Deck APU4/8281.6815

The version of the Ally that launches on June 13 has the fastest of the two new APUs, and both of those make rubbish of the previous-gen part used in the Steam Deck. We’re talking about over five times the performance for a $50 price difference.

Did that just make you do a double take? We certainly did: The Ryzen Z1 Extreme version of the Asus Ally, including its special antiglare coated screen and 512GB 2230 M.2 drive, is priced at only $699 here in the US. Meanwhile, the 512GB Steam Deck is $650.

ModelROG Ally
Operating SystemWindows 11 Home
ProcessorAMD Ryzen™ Z1 Extreme Processor
CPU: Zen 4 architecture, 8-core /16-threads, 24MB total cache ,up to 5.10 Ghz boost
GPU: 12 RDNA3 CUs, up to 2.7GHz, 8.6 TFlops, default 4GB RAM capacity
APU Power: 9-30W
FHD (1920 x 1080) 16:9
glossy display
500 nits peak brightness
Gorilla® Glass Victus™
Gorilla® Glass DXC
Touch Screen (10-point multi-touch)
Refresh Rate:120Hz
Response Time:7ms
Support Dolby Vision HDR
AMD FreeSync™ Premium
Memory16GB LPDDR5 on board (6400MT/s dual channel)
Storage512GB PCIe® 4.0 NVMe™ M.2 SSD (2230)
I/O Ports1 x 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack
1 x ROG XG Mobile Interface and USB Type-C combo port (with USB 3.2 Gen2, supports DisplayPort™ 1.4)
1 x UHS-II microSD card reader (supports SD, SDXC and SDHC)
Control and InputGamepad controls: A B X Y buttons D-pad L & R Hall Effect analog triggers L & R bumpers View button Menu button Command Center button Armoury Crate button 2 x assignable grip buttons Thumbsticks: 2 x full-size analog sticks with capacitive touch Haptics: HD haptics Gyro: 6-Axis IMU
AudioAI noise-canceling technology
Dolby Atmos
Hi-Res certification
Built-in array microphone
2-speaker system with Smart Amplifier Technology
Network and CommunicationTriple band Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax) 2 x 2
Bluetooth 5.21
Power Supply65W USB Type-C PD 3.0 power supply
Adapter: 65W AC Adapter, Output: 20V DC, 3.25A, 65W, Input: 100~240V AC 50/60Hz universal
Weight~608g (1.34 lbs)
Dimensions (W x D x H)28.0 x 11.1 x 2.12 ~ 3.24 cm (11.02″ x 4.37″ x 0.83″ ~ 1.27″)
Xbox Game Pass3 months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate included2
Built-in Fingerprint Sensor
Microsoft Pluton security processor

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Unlike some other sites that spoke of dollars and Euros, we at the northern border were privy to the US and Canadian press releases: Our sympathies go out to Canadians who are being asked to pay $200 more.

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