ASUS ROG Ally X handheld reportedly features 24GB LPDDR5X memory

ASUS ROG Ally X handheld reportedly features 24GB LPDDR5X memory

ASUS ROG Ally X reportedly gets 24 GB memory

ASUS and leakers reveal new details about the upcoming gaming device. 

ROG Ally 2023 in a black case

The Verge recently got a hands-on experience with the upcoming ROG Ally X gaming handheld. ASUS plans to unveil this new device fully in June, aiming for a full disclosure. Currently, the device hasn’t been fully showcased in official images, as ASUS is working hard to prevent any leaks before its public debut. Despite this, there have been glimpses of its design circulating even before its official confirmation, courtesy of ASUS:

ROG Ally X, Source: ASUS

The ROG Ally X is reportedly sporting a black chassis design and comes with upgraded ergonomics. According to The Verge, the device appears to be thicker, measuring around 40mm, which is approximately 8mm thicker than the original Ally model. The thickness was determined through a “fingernail” measurement, as ASUS did not permit direct measurements of the prototype, showcased behind closed doors.

Before the ROG Ally X was revealed, The Verge also provided key specifications, including that it will have more memory capacity compared to its predecessor. While ASUS didn’t disclose precise details, it’s now rumored that the device ships with 24GB of memory, an upgrade from the previous 16GB. This aligns with insights from leaker Arsene Lupin, who hinted at a $799 price tag, $100 higher than the 2023 model.

Moreover, Lupin suggests that the ROG Ally X utilizes LPDDR5X technology, indicating faster memory performance. This upgrade along with increased capacity is expected to positively impact overall performance, allowing gamers to allocate more system memory to VRAM.

ASUS has confirmed several key details about the ROG Ally X. The device retains the AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme APU, with reports suggesting it’s not utilizing the non-Extreme version. Additionally, it features a 7-inch screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, identical to the original model. Noteworthy changes include adjustments to the battery size, although the capacity has not been officially confirmed. Moreover, the ROG Ally X introduces support for M.2 2280 SSDs, offering users expanded storage options.

ASUS ROG Ally X details

  • APU: AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme
  • Screen: 7″ FHD 120Hz
  • Battery: 40%+ Larger than 40Wh
  • SSD: M.2 2280 support
  • Memory: 24GB LPDDR5X
  • Weight: Heavier than ROG Ally 2023
  • Chassis: black shell with more ergonomic design
  • MSRP $799 at launch

New ‘hands-on’ details

  • The ABXY face buttons feel like they’ve nudged slightly southward, closer to the analog stick, so that the B button now slightly intersects the grip
  • The face buttons are a little less rattle-y, though they still do pleasingly rattle
  • The joysticks now have a nicely tacky rubber coating in the middle, like the Steam Deck OLED — their throw felt slightly tighter, too
  • The D-pad now has eight-way indicators and felt very slightly floatier
  • The triggers maybe have a touch more throw and still have a nice smooth pull
  • There’s still just two back buttons
  • It still uses Phillips head screws
  • You still get RGB LED ring lights around the sticks; I couldn’t tell if they’d been added to the buttons, but they’re still double-shot
  • I could see through vent gaps in the chassis that there’s still a pair of fans inside

— Sean Hollister, The Verge

ASUS has confirmed that the ROG Ally X will be officially showcased at Computex on June 2nd. The full specs and final pricing were not confirmed yet.

Handheld Gaming Consoles Specs
VideoCardz ASUS ROG Ally
MSI Claw Lenovo Legion Go Valve Steam Deck OLED
Architecture AMD Zen4 & RDNA3 AMD Zen4 & RDNA3 Intel Redwood Cove, Crestmont & Xe-LPG AMD Zen4 & RDNA3 AMD Zen2 & RDNA2
APU Ryzen Z1 Extreme
8C/16T up to 5.1 GHz
Ryzen Z1 Extreme
8C/16T up to 5.1 GHz
Ryzen Z1
6C/12T up to 4.9 GHz
Core 7 Ultra 155H
16C/22T up to 4.8 GHz
Core 5 Ultra 135H
14C/18T up to 4.6 GHz
Ryzen Z1 Extreme
8C/16T up to 5.1 GHz
Ryzen Z1
6C/12T up to 4.9 GHz
AMD Sephiroth (6nm)
4C/8T up to 3.5 GHz
12CU @ 2.7 GHz
12CU @ 2.7 GHz (Z1E)
4CU @ 2.5 GHz (Z1)
Arc Graphics
8 Xe-C @ 2.25 GHz (155H)
7 Xe-C @ 2.20 GHz (135H)
12CU @ 2.7 GHz (Z1E)
4CU @ 2.5 GHz (Z1)
8CU @ 1.6 GHz
SoC TDP 1-30W 1-30W 28W 9-30W 4-15W
External GPU TBC ROG XG Mobile (up to RTX 4090) Thunderbolt 4 USB4 Not officially
Memory Capacity 24GB LPDDR5X 16GB LPDDR5-6400 16GB LPDDR5-6400 16GB LPDDR5X-7500 16GB LPDDR5-6400
Storage Capacity 1TB 512GB 1TB/512GB 1TB/512GB 512GB/1TB SSD
Storage Type M.2 NVMe 2280 SSD PCIe 4×4 M.2 NVMe 2230 SSD PCIe 4×4 M.2 NVMe 2230 SSD PCIe 4×4 M.2 NVMe 2242 SSD PCIe 4×4 M.2 NVMe 2230 SSD PCIe 3×4
Display 7″ 1920×1080, 120Hz, 500 nits, 7ms, VRR 7″ 1920×1080, 120Hz, 500 nits, 7ms, VRR 7″ 1920×1080, 120Hz, 500 nits, VRR 8.8″ 2560×1600 IPS, 144Hz, 500 nits 7.4″ 1200×800, 90 Hz
Connectivity TBC Wi-Fi 6E, BT 5.2 Wi-Fi 7 + Bluetooth 5.4 Wi-Fi 6E, BT 5.2 Wi-Fi 6E, BT 5.3
Battery larger than 2023 model 40 Wh, 4S1P, 4-cell Li-ion 53 Wh, 6-Cell 49.2 Wh, 900 mAh (controllers) 50 Wh
Weight TBC 608g / 1.34 lbs 675 g 854g / 1.87 lbs 640 g / 1.41 lbs
Dimensions (L×W×H) TBC 28.0 × 11.3 × 3.9 cm
11.0 × 4.5 × 1.5 in
29.4 × 11.7 × 2.1 cm
11.6 × 4.6 × 0.8 in
29.9 × 13.1 × 4.1 cm
11.8 × 5.2 × 1.6 in
29.8 × 11.7 × 4.9 cm
11.7 × 4.6 × 1.9 in
Default OS Windows 11 Windows 11 Windows 11 Windows 11 Steam OS/Win 11
Retail Price $799 $699/€799 (Z1E)
$599/€699 (Z1)
$799/€949 (155HU+1TB)
$749/€849 (155H+512GB)
$699 (135H+512GB)
$749 (Z1E+1TB)
$699/€799 (1E+512GB)
$649/€679 (1TB)
$549/€569 (512GB)
Release Date June 2024 June 2023 (Z1E)
September 2023 (Z1)
March 2024 October 31, 2023 November 2023

Source: The Verge


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