Asus ROG Ally - price and release date revealed for new handheld gaming

Asus ROG Ally price and release date have been revealed and this new handheld gaming PC's performance, design, and battery, seem to challenge Steam Deck quite a lot.

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Asus ROG Ally's price and release date has been revealed

Consumers are increasingly drawn to the convenience of always having a reliable gaming setup with them. After all, portable gaming PCs combine the superior performance of a high-end gaming laptop with the portability of a Nintendo Switch.

While many portable computers are extremely tiny and easy to store in a backpack or baggage, some, such as the Steam Deck, are slightly larger than the popular Nintendo Switch.

Asus ROG Ally, another portable gaming PC, appears to be on its approach to challenging Steam Deck's market supremacy.

Now that it's been established, Asus wasn't kidding when it said on April 1 that it was building a portable gaming PC. The AMD-powered Asus ROG Ally appears to be ready to take on Valve's Steam Deck, thanks to some impressive specs, including its price and chips.

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All the latest news on Asus ROG Ally

Asus ROG Ally Release Date

The Ally was teased on April Fools' Day, and it took days to disclose that it wasn't a joke. After the first tease, the firm teased us again, stating the Ally may arrive "sooner than you expect". With that coming up in just a few weeks, it was evident that Asus wasn't fooling around. 

The Asus ROG Ally was anticipated to go on sale soon following its "global launch event" on May 11. Given this and the approaching Computex, we anticipated finding out the release date as soon as possible.

And finally, May 11 has been announced as the Asus ROG Ally release date.

Additionally, Asus promises that every purchase will include three months of Game Pass Ultimate, "giving users instant access to hundreds of AAA and indie titles the moment they boot their Ally."

We already knew that the Ally would have a 7-inch 1080p screen operating at 120 Hz, but now we're also promised a healthy 7ms reaction time, AMD FreeSync compatibility, and a maximum brightness of 500 nits.

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Asus ROG Ally Price leak

The Asus ROG Ally's price is unknown, although a recent rumor suggests that it may only cost $649 to $700. 

These earlier rumors have now been validated by a leaked listing on Best Buy. It costs $50 more than the top-end Steam Deck at $699 for 512GB and 16GB of RAM. The newest AMD Z1 APU with RDNA 3 graphics and Zen 4 processing architecture is nonetheless included. 

The sign-up website has subsequently replaced the Best Buy listing, which was then removed. However, a Twitter user has discovered screenshots that suggest the ROG Ally may actually retail for between $649 and $799, which is comparable to the most expensive Steam Deck. 

A PCGamer report also stated that an Asus representative stated, "I can tell you for sure that the pricing will be below $1,000. The retail price is being kept back for a revelation at the May 11 launch event, however, it will be less than $1,000 for sure.

Remember that this is just a rumor and take it with a grain of salt.

Asus ROG Ally Chip Annoucement

Recent leaks stated the Zen 4 7840U processor with Radeon 780M graphics would be comparable to or based on the Z1 chip and would be used in Asus ROG Ally. And today, AMD formally revealed that the AMD Ryzen Z1 and Ryzen Z1 Extreme, a pair of 4nm processors, are designed with the Asus ROG Ally portable gaming PC in mind.

The Ryzen Z1 Extreme combines 12 RDNA 3 graphics cores and 12 Zen 4 CPU cores from AMD, along with 24 MB of cache, to deliver up to 8.6 teraflops of pure graphics performance.

When compared to Valve's bespoke Zen 2 + RDNA 2 "Aerith" chip, the stock Ryzen Z1 offers a theoretical 55 percent more raw graphics potential thanks to its six CPU cores and 12 threads, four GPU cores, and 22MB of cache.

Asus ROG Ally handheld gaming PC

Asus has revealed that the ROG Ally portable gaming PC is actually a real device, encouraging people to "stay tuned for more" following the April Fools' Day teaser and a perplexing LinkedIn post from a head of product management.

The ROG Ally, according to Asus, contains a customized AMD Ryzen CPU that is the fastest AMD APU to date. The ROG Ally is compatible with Asus' mobile GPU, the ROG XG Mobile, and has a "high-performance" display, implying it allows you to attach an RTX 4090 for maybe incredible performance.

According to YouTuber Dave2D, who used the device firsthand, Asus' statements regarding the handheld's potent performance are true.

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Asus ROG Ally Performance

The ROG Ally is said to have twice the performance of the Steam Deck, at least according to what Asus told Dave2D. He claims that the special Zen 4 RDNA3 4nm APU AMD chip powering the portable lets you play games at higher graphical settings without compromising functionality.

You should be able to install a wide range of apps and applications on the ROG Ally because it is a Windows 11 portable and should be able to run a wide range of games due to the high amount of customization.

Connecting to the ROG XG Mobile, an external GPU that works with the company's Flow laptops, could be one of ROG Ally's secret weapons.

The XG Mobile, which uses an RTX 4090 laptop GPU, might significantly improve performance on the ROG Ally. The device also features a tonne of ports, which is fantastic given that the handheld appears to only have a single USB-C port.

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Asus ROG Ally Design and Display

The Nintendo Switch and Steam Deck share design cues with the ROG Ally. Two vents and two buttons are located on either side of the user interface. An analog stick and a D-pad are located on the left. The face buttons and another analog stick are on the right (at an offset angle). Power and volume controls, a PCIe port for connecting to the XG Mobile, a USB-C port, and a headphone jack are all located at the top.

The ROG Ally offers a 7-inch, 120Hz, 16:9 display with a 1920 x 1080 resolution. According to Asus, it can achieve 500 nits of brightness.

The 7-inch display on the Steam Deck has a maximum resolution of 1280 x 800 and a refresh rate of 60 Hz. In our lab test, the Steam Deck's brightness peaked at 170 nits, despite Valve's claims that it can reach 400 nits.

The ROG Ally weighs 1.3 pounds and has dimensions of 11.0 x 4.4 x 0.5 inches, according to Dave2D. Hence, in general, the Asus portable is lighter and smaller than the Steam Deck.

Asus ROG Ally Battery

The laptops made by Asus employ the same ROG Intelligent Cooling system as the ROG Ally. It's too soon to determine whether or not the Ally will outperform the competition, but this may offer it long-lasting battery life.

Even when playing graphically taxing games, according to Dave2D, he hardly heard the ROG Ally's fans. His testing shows that the ROG Ally's fans only reach 20 decibels when fully loaded, compared to the Steam Deck's 37 decibels. The difference between the two sounds is rather striking in the YouTube video.

Asus ROG Ally Price

According to Dave2D, Asus claims that the ROG Ally will be "competitively priced." The most expensive Steam Deck costs $649 and has 512GB of storage. The Steam Deck's rivals, the GDP Win 4 and AyaNeo 2, are more potent but also more expensive, coming in at roughly $1,000.

Hence, the ROG Ally price may be similar if it is on par with these devices, but that is yet to be determined.

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Although there have been numerous Steam Deck knockoffs so far, this is the first product that doesn't seem to be an imitator but rather a competition.

In actuality, the ROG Ally might be more than that; it might even be the Steam Deck's doom. Based only on the specs that have been publicly disclosed thus far, it should utterly destroy the Deck in terms of sheer performance and graphical fidelity.

Well, that is all that we know about ASUS Handheld, "Asus ROG Ally" thus far.

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