There’s another portable gaming PC on the way. The upcoming AOKZOE A1 handheld is powered by an AMD Ryzen 7 6800U processor with Radeon 680M graphics based on AMD’s RDNA 2 architecture. It runs Windows 11 software, although it should also support the Linux-based Steam operating system. And it features what appears to be a fairly large screen surrounded by game controllers.
But who exactly is AOKZOE? It seems to be a sub-brand of a Chinese company One Netbook, which has been making laptops for a few years.
According to a press release, AOKZOE established an independent group before partnering with One Netbook, which is responsible for hardware manufacturing while AOKZOE handles “market development and product design.” But Shenzhen One Netbook Technology Co, Ltd. filed a trademark application for the AOKZOE trademark, suggesting that it is essentially the same company.
It’s unclear why the company, which already sells a number of portable gaming PCs with Intel or AMD processor options, needs another brand to sell systems. While One Netbook confirmed it is working on handhelds with AMD’s new Ryzen 7 6800U processor, I guess the company never said it would be sold under the usual ONEXPLAYER brand.
The companies have yet to reveal pricing information for the handheld, but according to a spec sheet, it will feature an 8-inch, 1920 x 1200-pixel IPS LCD display, 8-core AMD processor and 16 threads with 12 RDNA 2 GPU cores.
AOKZOE also suggested that the system will be able to operate at TDPs of 15 or 28 watts, meaning users should be able to configure power levels to prioritize battery life or performance, depending on your needs.
The handheld will be available with a choice of 16GB or 32GB of LPDDR5X-6400 RAM, and it has an M.2 2280 slot for a PCIe SSD.
There will be two versions of the AOKZOE A1: Standard and Ultimate. But the only real difference seems to be that the AOKZOE Standard Edition weighs 689 grams and comes with a 48 Wh battery while the Ultimate version weighs 729 grams and has a 65 Wh battery.
Both models are said to measure 285 x 125 x 21mm, support 100W fast charging (allowing you to fully charge the battery in 1.5 hours) and have microSD card slots, stereo speakers , WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 support and optional docking station support. station and/or keyboard accessories.
There’s also a built-in kickstand on the back of the device, allowing you to easily stand it upright on a flat surface.
RGB lighting effects are built into the design of the handheld, and AOKZOE says the display supports up to 380 nits brightness and 100% sRGB color gamut. Along with the built-in game controllers, there’s a gyroscope for motion controls and a vibration motor for haptic feedback.
Update: YouTuber ETA Prime has a first look video that provides actual usage notes for the AOKZOE A1. Performance seems good. The D-Pad, not so much.
AOKZOE says the handheld is expected to be pre-ordered in July 2022 and start shipping in September. It will join an increasingly crowded portable gaming PC market, where it will face competition from Valve, GPD, AYA, AYN, Anbernic and other companies.
via AOKZOE (YouTube), /r/SBCGaming, TechPowerUp and @carygolomb
This article was first published on June 24, 2022 and most recently updated on July 2, 2022.