Asus has finally announced the full details and pricing for its highly anticipated ROG Ally handheld gaming PC, featuring an AMD Zen4 processor that competes directly with Valve’s Steam Deck. Here are the top 10 features of the ROG Ally:
- 7-inch IPS LCD display: The FHD resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio, and 120Hz refresh rate make for an immersive gaming experience.
- Brightness and protection: The panel cranks out up to 500 nits of brightness and is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus.
- Fast response time and color space coverage: Asus claims a 7ms response time and 100% coverage of the sRGB color space.
- Chipset versions: The ROG Ally comes with two chipset versions – AMD’s new Ryzen Z1 and Ryzen Z1 Extreme chips.
- Powerful CPU and GPU: The Z1 features a six-core Zen 4 CPU with twelve threads, while the GPU side is covered by four RDNA 3 cores. The Z1 Extreme packs an eight-core Zen 4 CPU with sixteen threads and twelve RDNA 3 GPU cores with 24MB cache.
- External GPU support: The console supports up to ROG XG Mobile, which packs a GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU.
- Memory and storage: Both ROG Ally models get 16GB LPDDR5 dual-channel memory and 256/512GB PCIe 4.0 M.2 SSD of the 2230 size.
- Battery life and cooling: The console comes with a 40Wh battery pack and dual fans and a copper heat pipe to help with cooling.
- Controls and connectivity: ROG Ally offers two analog thumbsticks with capacitive touch and RGB lighting, a D-pad, ABXY buttons, left and right Hall Effect triggers and bumpers, as well as two assignable grip buttons on the back. It also brings Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity.
- Price and availability: The Ryzen Z1 version (12/256GB) ROG Ally is priced at $600 in the US and is confirmed to ship in Q3. The more capable Z1 Extreme model (16/512GB) starts at $700/€800/£700. The Z1 Extreme version is available for pre-order from Asus and local retail partners while deliveries and open sales start next month.
With these impressive features, the Asus ROG Ally is definitely a handheld gaming PC worth considering.