Gaming handhelds seem to become a real trend in 2022. After Valve’s Steam Deck started shipping at the end of February, Aya announced similar devices for the fall with the Neo Air & Pro models. Now, another mobile gaming solution follows with the AOKZOE A1, which promises a rich performance thanks to AMD Ryzen 6800U CPU and 16 GB LPDDR5 RAM.
AOKZOE A1: Powerful gaming handheld launches on Kickstarter
A few days after unveiling the AOKZOE A1 gaming handheld, the manufacturer now let concrete details about the technology follow. The device from the Hong Kong-based manufacturer will be financed via crowdfunding on the Kickstarter platform, the campaign for which is to be launched on July 12.
From a purely technical point of view, the AOKZOE A1 will be superior to the top dog Steam Deck. Thus, an AMD Ryzen 7 6800U CPU, which is based on the current Zen 3+ architecture, does its job under the hood. It uses eight cores and 16 threads with a base clock of 3.2 GHz and provides 4.7 GHz in Turbo mode. In comparison, the Steam Deck uses an unspecified AMD CPU with clock rates of 2.4 Ghz to 3.5 GHz.
By default, the TDP (Thermal Design Power) is 15 watts. However, up to 28 watts can be tickled out via Boost mode at the push of a button. The A1 uses a Radeon 680M for graphics calculation, while either 16 GB or 32 GB of fast LPDDR5 working memory with 6,400 MHz is used.
The handheld’s IPS screen is 8 inches and resolves in 1,920 x 1,200, and it is also supposed to cover the sRGB color space by 100 percent. The Steam Deck, on the other hand, comes in at “only” 1,280 x 800 pixels, while the Aya Neo models rely on a high-contrast and high-color OLED panel.
Operating System, Battery and RGB Lighting
Windows 11 is used as the operating system on the AOKZOE A1, which promises extensive compatibility. The handheld’s battery has a capacity of 48 watt hours, and an Ultimate model is also to be offered, which brings it to 65 Wh.
The weight of 668 grams, or around 729 grams for the Ultimate variant, is about on par with the competition – despite the larger battery (40 Wh in the Steam Deck). Charging takes place at a speed of up to 100 watts thanks to PD.
Otherwise, some technical specifications are still missing. However, on the own homepage AKOZOE talks about a comfortable design, smooth joysticks and an ergonomic shape. In addition, there are linear analog triggers and RGB lighting with a breathing effect. You can also conveniently place the A1 on the table via kickstand, and there’s also a gyroscope sensor.
Prices and Availability
The gaming handheld AOKZOE A1 is offered in different variants. However, the manufacturer has only communicated the pricing via Twitter so far. Accordingly, it starts with an MSRP of 899.00 US dollars for the model with 16 GB RAM and 512 GB system memory.
The update to 1 TB of storage is priced at $999. The top model with 32 GB of RAM and 2 TB of system storage is priced at 1,299.00 US dollars via Kickstarter. The retail prices are, outside of the crowdfunding platform, 200 US dollars higher in each case.
On Kickstarter, funding for the AOKZOE A1 will start on July 12 at 6:00 pm German time. As always, however, participation in the campaign involves a certain financial risk. In the worst case, the contribution made could simply go down the drain if the funding fails.