It’s confirmed: Asus just revealed the pricing of its handheld gaming PC, the Asus ROG Ally. Just as an earlier leak suggested, the range-topping model with an AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme chip does retail at $699 (about RM3,115), and the more affordable Z1 configuration costs only $599 (approximately RM2,670).
Compared to its main competition, the Steam Deck, the ROG Ally’s value proposition is really, really good at these price points. 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 (proprietary) ROG XG Mobile external GPU enclosure for higher fidelity gaming. It’s said to run 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.
The $699 Z1 Extreme Asus ROG Ally will be available in selected markets on 13 June, while the more affordable Z1 model will go on sale in Q3 2023, which is also when Malaysia will get the handheld gaming PC as per our previous report. If you’d like to learn more about the Ally, check out our hands-on right here.