Asus announces the launch of the ROG Ally, a gaming handheld PC that promises to be a significant threat to the Steam Deck. The device features a 7-inch Full HD (1920×1080) sharp display with a 120Hz refresh rate, with AMD Ryzen Z1 series processors that are specifically built for Windows-powered handheld devices. Consumers can choose between two models, the Ryzen Z1 with six cores and 12 threads, or the Ryzen Z1 Extreme with eight cores and 16 threads.

Unlike the Steam Deck, the device comes with Windows 11 pre-installed, which makes it easy for gaming fanatics to have access to different digital storefronts, including Steam, the Epic Games Store, the Microsoft Store, and others. Amitabh Sinha, Corporate Vice President of Asus, boasted that the Ryzen Z1-series-powered ROG is the best gaming experience available in a portable form factor.

The Asus ROG Ally has had a few rumors of its pricing and availability circulating the internet. Although Asus has not confirmed the pricing, a reliable tech leaker, Snoopytech, reports that the starting price for the device would be $600 for the lower-tier variant and $700 for the highest-end model with the AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme. The pricing is expected to remain competitive with the $400 starting price of the Steam Deck.

The device weighs 1.3 pounds, uses an AMD RDNA 3-based graphics card, and has four compute units, which are standard for Ryzen Z1 and 12 compute units, making it suitable for gamers, especially for esports enthusiasts playing titles that run well on the device’s integrated GPU.

The ROG Ally also boasts a touchscreen that enables users to navigate Windows 11, which is optimized for larger displays. The gaming controls are in line with the Xbox controller, featuring two analog sticks, ABXY button array, shoulder buttons, rear buttons, and two analog shoulder triggers. It also features an ROG Xg Mobile interface, a proprietary connector that carries a PCIe x8 connection and is used for connecting external GPUs to the device.

According to a report, Best Buy and Currys in the UK are going to carry the device.

The ROG Ally has comparable specs to the Steam Deck, but Asus claims that it delivers a superior experience with its higher resolution, higher refresh rate display and that it won’t require as many optimizations as the Steam Deck. Consumers are excited about the Asus ROG Ally and are looking forward to the upcoming launch event on May 11 at 10 am ET or 3 p.m. GMT, where Asus will unveil more details about the device.

In conclusion, the Asus ROG Ally is set to be a significant competitor for the Steam Deck, with its high-performance CPU, GPU and Full HD display at 120Hz refresh rate. Its Windows 11 operating system and ROG Xg Mobile interface provide an outstanding gaming experience similar to that of a laptop. Though its pricing is not yet confirmed, rumors suggest that its specs could push it to become the best gaming handheld PC in the market.

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