A little less than two weeks after formalizing the AYANEO2, equipped with a Ryzen 7 6800U, AYANEO unveils the AYANeo Air Plus. This version of the console will not ship a Ryzen 6000 Rembrandt processor, but a Mendocino APU.
APU Mendocino: Zen 2 + RDNA 2
AMD unveiled this line of processors last week at Computex 2022. Like the Steam Deck’s Aerith SoC, these APUs combine Zen 2 CPU cores and RDNA 2 graphics cores.
These processors presented as cheap by AMD have four CPU cores, while the Ryzen 6000 Rembrandt have up to eight; furthermore, it is Zen 3+ CPU cores for these.
On the other hand, they benefit from AMD’s latest graphics architecture, RDNA 2. This will boost the graphics performance of the iGPU of APUs; the latter used until recently the aging Vega architecture.
A more attractive price
While many have presented the AYANEO2 as a Steam Deck killer, this opposition omits one glaring difference: the price. While the Steam Deck are trading between 419 euros and 679 euros depending on the version, the AYANEO cost between 1000 and 1300 euros approximately. The price of the AYANEO2 remains unknown at this time, but the amount required will likely be a four-digit number. In short, it’s a bit like comparing a Tesla Model Y with a Twingo…
Unfortunately, the specifications of the AYANEO Air Plus revealed are very brief at the moment. Besides the Mendocino APU, the company simply mentioned a 1080p display with a 6-inch diagonal and the use of a classic M.2 2280 SSD for storage. We do not know what capacities will be offered, as well as the amount of RAM in particular.
AYANEO presents its AIR Plus and AYANEO OS machine
Projects are multiplying AYANEOhopefully they end up without too much chaos or crowdfunding platforms, and the last two are just a new machine and… An OS!
But let’s start with theAYANEO AIR Plusthe price of which will be only $289 for the cheapest model! 6″ screen in Full HD, M.2 SSD in 2280, APU AMD Mendocino with graphic part RDNA2this is something to think about many potential users who are looking for a portable console type machine.
But this announcement is not the most interesting in our eyes, even if it opens up more fierce competition in the Steam Deck of Valveand our attention is more drawn by a slide which indicates Multi-system support with Windows… More AYANEO OS and Steam-OS. We knew that Valve was intended to leave its OS available later, and we can’t wait to see if AYANEO takes full advantage of the control customization possibilities, and how it all works with a different machine. But above all, we remember AYANEO OSa new alternative under linux which seems less focused on games since you can see shortcuts to applications like Spotify in the captures made available on the channel Discord of the brand. A more multimedia/leisure interface then?