The manufacturer of handheld gaming PCs AYA is expanding its product range. This month, the company plans to launch the thin and light AYA Neo Air with an OLED display and a lower price than usual. Then the AYA Neo 2 with an AMD Ryzen 7 6800U processor and RDNA 2 graphics will come later this year.
The company is also teasing some other upcoming products, including its first handheld with a keyboard. meet the AYA neo slide.
While pricing and availability have not yet been announced, here’s what we know about the AYA Neo Slide so far:
- It features an AMD Ryzen 7 6800U processor with Radeon 680M graphics
- The display slides up to reveal a keyboard
- The keyboard has an RGB backlight
According to AYA, the slider is inspired by classic Windows handhelds (such as the OQO and Sony Vaio UX series) as well as mobile phones with slider mechanisms that hide keyboards or even game controllers.
A more recent comparison is likely the GPD Win 3, another handheld gaming PC with a slide-up display and built-in keyboard (though disappointingly it’s a capacitive touch keyboard that’s not particularly responsive or easy to type), but GPD and AYA have a habit of not directly calling each other by name.
During the press event where AYA unveiled the AYA Neo Slide, the company stated that it will be a premium device that falls into a fourth product category for AYA products, which now includes “Mainline”, “NEXT”, “Air” and “Slide” belong to “series devices”.
If you’re wondering what the lineup looks like in terms of pricing, the AYA Neo Air will be an entry-level device, while the AYA Neo 2 and AYA Neo Slide are higher-performing, higher-priced flagships.
AYA has also announced some other upcoming hardware and software announcements.
The company is developing a version of its game launcher AYA Space that can be used on non-AYA hardware. It will be called AYA Space Lite, but there is no ETA yet as to when it will be available.
And AYA also plans to release new hardware in the future not designed for handheld gaming, though it’s unclear if the company is working on desktops, laptops, accessories, or something else.