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One year earlier at CES 2020 in Las Vegas, Alienware made waves with a modular video gaming PC that worked like a Nintendo Change, with a set of gamepads flanking an effective Windows 10 tablet.

The 5.5-inch GPD Win 3 and the 7-inch Aya Neo aren’t tackling it in rather the exact same method; while the Ava attempts to carefully match Nintendo’s console fit, size, and with strictly video gaming controls on board, the GPD adheres to its palmtop computer roots with a slide-up screen that exposes a tiny backlit keyboard. There’s likewise a fingerprint sensing unit, a microSD slot and an optional Thunderbolt 4 dock if you want to use the GPD like a full Windows 10 computer.

The GPD Win 3.
Images by GPD

What’s the exact same: both are really attempting to deliver an effective tablet surrounded by joysticks and buttons for under $1,000 each. With Intel’s most current Tiger Lake chips and AMD’s Ryzen 4500 U respectively, each has some of the latest and biggest integrated graphics you can purchase, and they claim quite decent performance as a result– Cyberpunk 2077 can reportedly strike 30 fps at the Aya Neo’s 1280 x800 resolution at low settings, and GPD offers a long list of examples of current, requiring games that you can coax well over the 50 fps mark with its Intel Xe graphics.

As you can see in the specification comparo sheet I worked up below, each features 16 GB of DDR4 memory, a rapid NVMe strong state drive, Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0, a set of stereo speakers, an authentic headphone jack, and several USB ports. Not bad!

GPD Win 3 vs. Aya Neo specifications

Spec GPD Win 3 Aya Neo
Spec GPD Win 3 Aya Neo
Screen 5.5-inch 1280 x720 p IPS 7-inch 1280 x800 p IPS
PPI 268 ppi 215 ppi
Brightness 400 nits 500 nits
CPU 15-28 W Intel i7-1165 G7 or i5-1135 G7 (4C8T) 10-25 W AMD Ryzen 4500 U (6C6T)
GPU Intel Iris Xe (96 EU or 80 EU) AMD Vega 6
RAM 16 GB LPDDR4x 4266 16 GB LPDDR4x 4266
Storage 1TB NVMe SSD 512 GB NVMe SSD
Battery 44 Wh 47 Wh
Battery quote 2-3 hours heavy, up 11 hours light approximately 6 hours
Cooling 2 heat pipes, PWM fan Two heat pipes, fan
Ports 1x Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C), USB-A, 3.5 mm 3x USB-C, 3.5 mm
Wireless Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0 Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0
Dimensions 7.6 x 3.6 inches (192 x 92 mm) 10 x 4.1 inches (255 x 106 mm)
Thickness 1.06 inches (27 mm) 0.79 inches (20 mm)
Weight 1.2 lbs (.56 kg) 1.4 pounds (.65 kg)
Speakers Stereo Stereo
Keyboard Y N
Touchscreen Y Y
Gyro control N Y
Rumble Y Y
microSD Y N
Fingerprint sensor Y N
Docking station Optional, 3x USB 3.2, 1x USB-C, 1x HDMI 2.0 b, 1x GbE N
OS Windows 10 House Windows 10
Early rate $799 $699
Last starting cost $999 TBD

88- pound weight, and battery life will be a big concern, with both the Aya Neo and GPD Win 3 enabling you to tweak the chip’s TDP wattage to get the most out of their tablet-sized cells. NotebookCheck says you should not anticipate to get more than 1.5 hours out of the GPD Win 3 while playing a demanding video game, though Taki Udon on YouTube declares you can get 2-3 hours out of an early Aya Neo.

Mentioning Taki Udon’s video, it looks like a wonderful introduction of the handheld, so I suggest checking it out, and this 2nd vid that displays how well games like Cyberpunk 2077 and Sekiro use his Founder’s model. It’s inadequate to convince me to crowdfund a company I’ve never heard of, however it’s a good start.

You must also understand that not all of these handhelds are going to look and play the very same: the transparent Aya you’re seeing in the videos was a limited edition of 15,000 for early pre-orders in China, with final models introducing in black and white instead when they ship in April. Aya will be launching its Indiegogo project in February with a “super early riser minimal rate” of $699, without any word on just how much the rest people may pay.

The GPD Win 3 is currently on Indiegogo, where you’ll pay $799 for the Core i5-1135 G7 variation, with the more powerful i7 chip beginning at $899, or $949 for a plan with the optional USB, HDMI and Gigabit Ethernet docking station.

In between these handheld gaming PCs, the cute upcoming Playdate and the gorgeous Analogue Pocket, some of the spotless mods we’ve seen of late, not to point out the appeal of the Switch itself and the march of ever smaller and more powerful chips, it seems like we might be getting in a video gaming portable renaissance. Here’s hoping.

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