After much teasing, the Asus ROG Ally has finally been launched in Malaysia. Curiously, only the higher-end AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme model of the handheld gaming PC will be officially available here; the more affordable Ryzen Z1 configuration will not be offered.
As previously revealed, the ROG Ally with a Z1 Extreme chip, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of SSD storage retails at RM3,299. It is now available for purchase online, and early birds can get RM1,299 worth of freebies, which include a pair of ROG Cetra wireless earbuds, a travel case, a screen protector, a charger dock, and even a nine-month subscription to Microsoft’s PC Game Pass.
If you’re keen to pair the ROG Ally with the ROG XG Mobile external GPU enclosure, you can get a whopping RM2,000 discount on the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 and AMD Radeon RX 6850M XT models, bringing down the prices to RM5,999 and RM4,999 respectively.
Compared to its main competition, the Steam Deck, the ROG Ally’s value proposition is good at this price point. Not only is it a more powerful handheld machine, it also has a number of advantages, including a higher resolution 7-inch 1920 x 1080 display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The Steam Deck, on the other hand, has lower resolution 60Hz panel, though it has a taller 16:10 aspect ratio.
Aside from that, the ROG Ally can also be connected to the aforementioned (and proprietary) ROG XG Mobile external GPU enclosure for higher fidelity gaming. It runs on Windows 11 as well, so it’ll be interesting to see how this would impact the battery life of the handheld gaming console.
Other specifications of the Ally include up to 16GB of LPDDR5 dual-channel RAM and 512GB PCIe Gen4 SSD – this is said to be upgradable – a microSD card slot for further storage expansion, as well as a lightweight chassis that tips the scales at 608g.
To recap, the Asus ROG Ally is now available for purchase online in Malaysia for RM3,299. Retail sales of the handheld gaming PC, on the other hand, will start from 1 July through a roadshow in Low Yat Plaza.