The handheld console features a familiar design that resembles most such devices, with flat-screen, rounded edges and lots of physical buttons to help you play your favourite games. The upper section between the shoulder buttons includes the speaker grille, the cable inputs, as well as the off and menu buttons, while the bottom part features a microphone and headphone connector. Everything else has been kept pretty bare to show off the glossy finish of the glass cover, which has the potential to be a fingerprint magnet. You do get the usual physical controls, including two analogue sticks, one D-pad, and half a dozen other physical buttons to control all the functions. This helps it act as a full-size gaming controller with a built-in high-resolution display.
This is also where the two models differ, as the internals are specked slightly differently to justify the price range. Firstly, the AYA NEO GEEK gets two different models that feature two different display packages. The Fantasy Black version gets a basic 800p display, while the Crystal Purple variant gets a better 1200p panel. At the same time, all versions of the AYA NEO 2 get 1200p by default. The displays are powered with the help of the powerful AMD Ryzen 7 6800U processor, which is based on the ZEN 3+ APU architecture and features an 8-core CPU that has a max TDP of 28W. It is paired with the Radeon 680M mobile graphics card, which is based on the older RDNA 2 architecture, but still packs up to 12 compute units, a dedicated VRAM, an infinity cache, and highly efficient power consumption.
These powerful handheld gaming consoles can be paired with various official accessories that help turn them into a full-fledged docked gaming experience. These include a standard case cover, a special screen protector, a separate wireless controller, and even a docking station with lots of connectivity options. The entire ecosystem of accessories works with both models and can also be bought along with the device through the campaign website. The company plans to introduce more accessories and colour options once the devices go on sale officially through their own website.
Price & Availability
For now, the AYA NEO 2 and AYA NEO GEEK are available for sale on Indiegogo only, with the company hoping to add to the already million-dollar-plus fundraising target. The AYA NEO GEEK starts at a base price of $749, which goes up to $1149 for the top model featuring 32GB of RAM and 2TB of storage. The AYA NEO 2 starts at $949 and goes up to $1249 for the same configuration, albeit in retro packaging. The company is expected to increase these prices by at least another $300 once they are officially released in the market, which will happen sometime at the beginning of next year. So, stay tuned for all the new updates.