XPG NIA to feature upgradable LPCAMM2 memory, AMD Phoenix APU and price under $600

XPG NIA to feature upgradable LPCAMM2 memory, AMD Phoenix APU and price under $600

Handheld market heating up: ADATA XPG NIA handheld prototype showcased at Computex

The company is still collecting feedback and final specs are yet to be decided. 

This year’s Computex has been packed with gaming handhelds. Companies are showcasing their new prototypes and devices that will soon hit the shelves. Among the newcomers to the market are ZOTAC, who have developed their first device with an AMOLED screen, and ADATA, who are working on their system, still under active development.

However, the XPG NIA could be one of the most interesting devices yet, given its entirely new design and unique design choices, such as the liftable/tilted screen. Whether that’s actually necessary on a handheld is not something we can judge from a photo, but we have seen similar devices with a slidable screen that uncovers a full physical keyboard. There is no keyboard on this device, though, so it’s just a convenient design for more comfortable gameplay.

XPG NIA Handheld Details

  • SOC: AMD Phoenix APU (Ryzen 7 8840U or Ryzen Z1 Extreme)
  • MEMORY: First handheld with LPCAMM  (user upgradeable)
  • MEMORY: LPDDR5X Memory Specs up to 64GB capacity
  • FEATURE: 3D-Printed models for user customizations
  • PRICE: Competitive pricing ~$600
  • RELEASE DATE: Early 2025

ADATA XPG NIA Handheld, Source: Retro Handhelds

However, that’s not even why this handheld is so interesting. Apparently, it will feature the LPCAMM2 memory, which is also manufactured by ADATA. This type of memory combines the benefits of high-speed LPDDR5X memory with the fact that it can be removed or upgraded per user’s choice. This means that one can buy the cheapest version of the handheld and later upgrade the memory should that be necessary, and it doesn’t even have to be ADATA memory since LPCAMM is a JEDEC standard.

Another reason why it might be interesting is that it will feature an AMD Ryzen APU, based on Phoenix. XPG is not confirming the APU yet, but attendees have learned it is either Ryzen 7 8840U or Ryzen Z1 Extreme. One report even mentioned it could be the latest architecture (Ryzen AI 300), but this is not confirmed by the official datasheet.

ADATA XPG NIA Handheld, Source: Golem

ADATA is committing to offer 3D models for user upgrades. Alternatively, it will be possible to remove the motherboard from the NIA and use that for a different purpose, think Mini-PC, file server, or whatever comes to mind. A really interesting idea indeed.

ADATA XPG NIA Handheld, Source: Golem

The real reason why the XPG NIA will make a significant impact is its surprisingly reasonable price. Unlike other companies like ZOTAC, which often charge high prices for new devices, ADATA is keeping the cost of the NIA handheld competitive, knowing that next-gen AMD APUs are just around the corner. According to HardwareBusters, who attended Computex and had a hands-on experience with the NIA, ADATA has promised a price close to $500, other saying XPG is aiming at sub-$600 price.

However, the downside is the release date, which is aimed at early 2025, possibly around CES. By the time this device launches, discussions will already be focusing on the next-next-gen APU series.

Computex 2024 Gaming Handhelds
VideoCardz ADATA
ROG Ally X
Architecture AMD Zen4 & RDNA3 Intel Lion Cove, Skymont AMD Zen4 & RDNA3 AMD Zen4 & RDNA3
APU Ryzen 7 8840U or
Ryzen Z1 Extreme
8C/16T up to 5.1 GHz
Core Ultra 200V AMD Ryzen 7 8840U
8C/16T up to 5.1 GHz
Ryzen Z1 Extreme
8C/16T up to 5.1 GHz
12CU @ 2.7 GHz
Arc Graphics
8 Xe2-C (?)
12CU @ 2.7 GHz
12CU @ 2.7 GHz
External GPU TBC Thunderbolt 4 USB4 USB4
Memory Capacity up to 64GB LPDDR5X (LPCAMM) TBC 16GB LPDDR5X-7500 24GB LPDDR5X-7500
Storage Capacity TBC TBC 512GB 1TB
Storage Type M.2 2230 PCIe4x4 TBC M.2 2280 PCIe4x4 M.2 2280 PCIe4x4
Display 7″ TBC 8″ 1920×1080 120Hz VRR 7″ 1080p AMOLED
120Hz, 800 nits
7″ 1080p, 120Hz, 500 nits, 7ms, VRR
Connectivity TBC Wi-Fi 7 + BT 5.4 Wi-Fi 6E, BT 5.2 Wi-Fi 6E, BT 5.2
Battery TBC 80 Wh 48.5 Wh 80 Wh
Weight 680-700 g TBC < 700g 678g
Dimensions (L×W×H) TBC TBC 31.0 × 13.5 × 4.0 cm 28.0 × 11.4 × 3.7 cm
Default OS Windows 11 Windows 11 Windows 11 Windows 11
Retail Price under $600 TBC TBC TBC
Release Date TBC TBC Q3 2024 June 2024

Note: the chart above lacks ANTEC handheld, which is basically a rebranding of AYANEO Slide. 

Source: Golem, Liliputing, Retro Handhelds


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