The Aya Neo and GPD Win 3 are nearly Nintendo Switch-sized gaming PCs – Circuit Breaker4 min read

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One year ago at CES 2020 in Las Vegas, Alienware made waves with a modular video gaming PC that worked like a Nintendo Switch, with a pair of gamepads flanking a powerful Windows 10 tablet. Unfortunately, Alienwares UFO was simply a principle, as was Lenovos take on the concept this year– but two companies are now using up the torch with a pair of crowdfunded devices you may really see in your life time. They look seriously legitimate.
The 5.5-inch GPD Win 3 and the 7-inch Aya Neo arent setting about it in quite the exact same method; while the Ava attempts to closely match Nintendos console in shape, size, and with strictly video gaming controls on board, the GPD stays with its palmtop computer system roots with a slide-up screen that exposes a tiny backlit keyboard. Theres likewise a fingerprint sensing unit, a microSD slot and an optional Thunderbolt 4 dock if you want to utilize the GPD like a complete Windows 10 computer.

The GPD Win 3.

Images by GPD

Spec

GPD Win 3

Aya Neo

Spec

GPD Win 3

Whats the very same: both are genuinely attempting to provide an effective tablet surrounded by joysticks and buttons for under $1,000 each. With Intels most current Tiger Lake chips and AMDs Ryzen 4500U respectively, each has a few of the most recent and greatest incorporated graphics you can buy, and they claim pretty good efficiency as an outcome– Cyberpunk 2077 can apparently hit 30fps at the Aya Neos 1280×800 resolution at low settings, and GPD uses a long list of examples of recent, demanding games that you can coax well over the 50fps mark with its Intel Xe graphics.
As you can see in the spec comparo sheet I worked up listed below, each functions 16GB of DDR4 memory, a speedy NVMe solid state drive, Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0, a set of stereo speakers, a real earphone jack, and multiple USB ports. Okay!

Screen

GPD Win 3 vs. Aya Neo specifications

Aya Neo

5.5-inch 1280x720p IPS

7-inch 1280x800p IPS

PPI

268ppi

215ppi

Brightness

400 nits

500 nits

CPU

15-28W Intel i7-1165G7 or i5-1135G7 (4C8T).

10-25W AMD Ryzen 4500U (6C6T).

AMD Vega 6.

GPU.

Intel Iris Xe (96EU or 80EU).

RAM.

16GB LPDDR4x 4266.

16GB LPDDR4x 4266.

Storage.

1TB NVMe SSD.

512GB NVMe SSD.

Battery.

44Wh.

47Wh.

Battery quote.

2-3 hours heavy, up 11 hours light.

approximately 6 hours.

Cooling.

2 heat pipes, PWM fan.

2 heat pipes, fan.

Ports.

1x Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C), USB-A, 3.5 mm.

3x USB-C, 3.5 mm.

Measurements.

Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0.

Wireless.

Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0.

7.6 x 3.6 inches (192 x 92mm).

10 x 4.1 inches (255 x 106mm).

Thickness.

1.06 inches (27mm).

0.79 inches (20mm).

Weight.

1.2 lbs (.56 kg).

1.4 lbs (.65 kg).

Windows 10.

Y.

Speakers.

Y.

Mentioning Taki Udons video, it appears like a great introduction of the handheld, so I suggest checking it out, and this second vid that displays how well video games like Cyberpunk 2077 and Sekiro play on his Founders design. Its insufficient to encourage me to crowdfund a company Ive never heard of, but its a great start.
You need to likewise know that not all of these handhelds are going to look and play the very same: the transparent Aya youre seeing in the videos was a restricted edition of 15,000 for early pre-orders in China, with final designs launching in white and black rather when they ship in April. Aya will be introducing its Indiegogo project in February with a “incredibly early riser restricted rate” of $699, without any word on how much the rest of us might pay.
The GPD Win 3 is already on Indiegogo, where youll pay $799 for the Core i5-1135G7 version, with the more effective i7 chip beginning at $899, or $949 for a bundle with the optional USB, HDMI and Gigabit Ethernet docking station.
In between these handheld video gaming PCs, the charming upcoming Playdate and the gorgeous Analogue Pocket, a few of the spotless mods weve seen of late, not to point out the popularity of the Switch itself and the march of ever smaller and more effective chips, it feels like we may be going into a gaming handheld renaissance. Heres hoping.

N.

Y.

$ 799.

Early price.

Rumble.

microSD.

OS.

Docking station.

N.

Optional, 3x USB 3.2, 1x USB-C, 1x HDMI 2.0 b, 1x GbE.

Fingerprint sensing unit.

$ 699.

Stereo.

Stereo.

Y.

Last starting price.

Y.

TBD.

Gyro control.

Y.

Y.

N.

$ 999.

Touchscreen.

Keyboard.

Simply understand that these systems are going to be chonky compared to a real Nintendo Switchs 0.55-inch thick frame and 0.88-pound weight, and battery life will be a huge question, with both the Aya Neo and GPD Win 3 allowing you to fine-tune the chips TDP wattage to get the most out of their tablet-sized cells. NotebookCheck says you shouldnt anticipate to get more than 1.5 hours out of the GPD Win 3 while playing a requiring game, though Taki Udon on YouTube claims you can get 2-3 hours out of an early Aya Neo.

Y.

Windows 10 Home.

N.

N.

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