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AYANEO Air Plus Embedded AMD Mendocino APU With RDNA2 Graphics, Lower Price From Steam Deck

AYANEO Air Plus Embedded AMD Mendocino APU With RDNA2 Graphics, Lower Price From Steam Deck

AYANEO Air Plus with AMD RDNA2 Graphics $289

AYANEO really surprised its fans today by introducing not one but three different consoles.

Although both AIR and AIR PRO are portable gaming consoles, AIR PLUS might be the most interesting of them all, mainly due to the price and use of more advanced graphics.

AYANEO Air Plus, Source: AYANEO

as we mentioned before , AIR . series It is mainly based on the Ryzen 5000U series with Zen3 core microarchitecture and Vega graphics. These are now considered outdated and outperformed by the superior Ryzen 6000U series with the RDNA2 architecture.

A worthy competitor to AYANEO and other handheld game consoles, Valve’s Steam Deck, features a custom SoC with Zen2 architecture and RDNA2 graphics, which is a huge step forward over Vega.

At Computex earlier this week AMD announced a new silicone codenamed Mendocino. This cheap, lightweight mobile processor features identical architectures as the Van Gogh APU from Steam Deck. However, AMD has confirmed that these are not the same chips. AYANEO confirmed today that the new AIR PLUS console will be among the first to receive the Mendocino APU, which is expected to ship in the fourth quarter.

AYANEO Air Plus, Source: AYANEO

Other than confirming that the AIR PLUS is a 6-inch 1080p controller with support for the M.2 2280 SSD standard, AYANEO has yet to provide the full specifications for the new budget RDNA2 controller. It’s definitely too early to make a direct comparison with Steam Deck, after all we’re still missing the memory and storage specs. However, one cannot ignore the fact that both are based on the Zen2/RDNA2 chip however the Air Plus will cost $289, so it’s $60 cheaper than the Deck.

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The Air Plus release date is currently unknown. This console will be available at a special price of $199 exclusively to members of their community.

source: IanyuAnd the narrow