The AYANEO Slide IndieGoGo page is now up, and with it, a deeper look at what the new handheld PC will be capable of.
- The AYANEO Slide will use the AMD Ryzen 7 7840U as the processor.
- Games can be played in up to 1080p resolution.
- Includes Hall Effect sticks to avoid stick drift.
The Full Story.
The AYANEO Slide is the company’s newest move into the slider handheld category. The big hook here is the adjustable screen that can be slid upwards to reveal a keyboard.
As someone who uses Windows on handheld PCs a lot, having a built-in keyboard is a smart choice. Sure, you can use the on-screen keyboard, but I find that to be clumsy at best. On Android it’s less of an issue, but the Windows on-screen keyboard isn’t anywhere near as fluid as it needs to be. I’d say having an on-board keyboard is sure to save a fair few headaches.
What’s cool about the design is despite the screen being on a rail, you can still adjust and angle it to your liking.
As with many AYANEO consoles, the company is sticking with Hall-sensing joysticks. If you don’t know the term yet, what that means is the chances of stick drift – where the stick registers phantom inputs – are as close to zero as they can be. The triggers also use the same tech, so in theory, you shouldn’t run into any issues on the drift front.
Moving on, the AYANEO Slide also uses a custom heat dissipation system. One thing to note here, AYANEO has had a lot of success in the past with keeping heat at an acceptable level.
AYANEO Slide Specs.
On the power side of things, the AYANEO Slide is more powerful than the Steam Deck, and level with the ASUS ROG Ally.
That Ryzen 7 7840U CPU is a chipset you’ll be seeing a lot of. It’s the same chip used in the AYANEO Air 1S, the AYANEO Kun, the aforementioned ROG Ally, and the vast majority of handheld PCs released in 2023.
Why is this chip used so frequently? That’s because it balances multiple factors at once. It’s powerful enough to work with the latest AAA games in some form, it’s specifically suited to laptops and handheld consoles, and the heat levels aren’t likely to interfere with the other internal components if implemented correctly.
If you want a ballpark idea of what the AYANEO Slide should be capable of, judging from the specs alone, I’d say it Starfield in 1080p at 30 frames per second at Cyberpunk 2077 at around 40 would be a safe bet.
It’s also worth noting, that although Windows 11 is the main operating system here, multiple people I’ve spoken with sing the praises of the custom AYASpace launcher. That means you should be able to tweak the device in a straightforward manner without having to be massively Windows-literate.
|CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 7840U|
|Laptops and handheld PCs|
Number of CPU Cores:
Number of Threads:
Max. Boost Clock:
|Up to 5.1GHz|
AMD Configurable TDP:
Max. Operating Temperature:
|Original Release Date:||5/3/2023|
|Screen Size:||6 inches|
|Hall Sensors:||Sticks and triggers|
|Operating System:||Windows 11 with AYASpace 2|
|Gyroscope:||X-axis linear motor and six-axis gyroscope|
AYANEO hasn’t told me anything about the storage capacity or how much the AYANEO Slide will cost. I’d stick money on a 512GB model being a realistic possibility, and in true AYANEO fashion, the chances of multiple options are also possible.
As for the price, that’s going to be the main thing. Most handheld PCs bar the Steam Deck are aiming for the $799 range of late. That price undercuts the likes of OneXPlayer and sticks to a region that’s still a costly purchase, but it’s not out of this world costly.
If AYANEO can stick the price and storage, there’s a chance the AYANEO Slide could be a bit of a dark horse. GPD has seen some success with the slide-out screen design, so there’s definitely a market for it. Whether the Slide will prove more successful than AYANEO’s current crop of handhelds, I’m not sure. The slide-out design is solid, but it’s a niche within a niche.
As always, I’ll be sure to update this page once I hear more.