AYANEO Pocket Air Uses the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 or Greater

It looks like AYANEO is going all-in on the Pocket Air handheld, as a new leak indicates the Android device will use the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor or something greater. 

Our source tells us it could be the 8 Gen 2, or if could be something even more powerful.


  • The AYANEO Pocket Air will make use of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor or something more powerful. 
  • The same processor is used in the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, Honor Magic 5 Pro, and Xiaomi 13 Pro.
  • AYANEO also plans to release a different model that utilizes the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 chipset.
  • I’ve also heard AYANEO is also teaming up with AMD to release a handheld device.

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Image of the white and red AYANEO Pocket Air on an wood table. A SNES can be seen the background as well as several game cartridges.

RetroResolve has learned AYANEO plans to release a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 model or higher of the AYANEO Pocket Air in addition to the already-announced MediaTek Dimensity 1200 version. 

What does any of that mean? Let’s break it down. Both the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 and the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 are powerful chips capable of a lot when it comes to gaming handheld devices. 

To put it in simpler terms, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 model is more powerful than the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 offering. Both are solid choices for Android devices and should provide a solid platform for gaming, but with the introduction of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, AYANEO has created a truly high-end Android machine that could rival the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, Honor Magic 5 Pro, and Xiaomi 13 Pro.

I’ve also learned that the previously reported X86-level fan and cooling module found in the AYANEO Pocket Air was implemented, in part, to help the device make the most of the newly-unveiled high-end processor. 

A full event for the AYANEO Pocket Air Android gaming handheld is due to launch at the end of August. You can also sign up to be notified of the launch over on the Pocket Air IndieGoGo website.

AYANEO Pocket Air Updated Specifications.

  • Screen: 5.5-inch 1080P AMOLED display.
  • Chipset: MediaTek Dimensity 1200 or the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.
  • Size: 224 x 89.5 x 17mm.
  • Weight: 380 grams.
  • Cooling: X86 level active cooling system.
  • Battery capacity: 7350mAh.
  • Anti-drift: Hall effect triggers.
  • Connectivity: USB 3.2, USB Type-C charging port, 3.5mm headphone jack, SD card slot.
  • Fingerprint sensor: Integrated power key.
  • Wireless: WiFi 6.0, Bluetooth 5.2.
  • Operating System: Android 12 with AYAHome and AYASpace app.


One of the big problems with similar Android gaming devices is the lack of power for the price. I saw it in both the Logitech G Cloud and the Razer Edge – two devices that were decent but the power didn’t justify the cost. 

It looks like AYANEO is planning to move onto AYN’s turf with the Pocket Air (you’ll know AYN as the company that made waves with its affordable Android device the Odin). 

While the Odin proved popular in terms of sales, AYN struggled to keep up with demand. Given AYANEO seems to be on top of shipping, despite how many handhelds the company releases each year, it’s possible the Pocket Air could prove popular with those looking for a premium Android gaming device providing the price is right. 

Note: This article has been updated following further comments regarding which processor will be used.

Wesley Copeland
Wesley Copeland

Wesley Copeland is a gaming, tech, and toys journalist with over 10 years of experience writing online. Originally starting in video games before specializing in tech and toys, you can find his bylines at IGN, VG24/7, Kotaku, Tech Radar, Games Radar, PC Gamer, Heavy, and many more. He's also highly passionate about how tech can be used to better our day-to-day lives.