Aokzoe A2 wants a portion of Asus ROG Ally cake

Handheld gaming PCs have come a long way.

A player using Aokzoe A2 gaming handheld.

Aokzoe has announced its A2 gaming handheld featuring a 7in display and AMD’s Ryzen 7 7840U processor. A perfect combo for those searching for high frame rates and resolution on the go.

Succeeding its A1 predecessor, A2 opts for a smaller 7in IPS screen boasting a 1920×1200 resolution. It also comes equipped with Hall Effect joysticks, which have better response and smaller dead zones than average. There’s even an RGB light ring around each for extra flair.

All models carry some amount of LPDDR5X-7500 which is faster than the A1, in addition to Gen 4 M.2 SSDs. The Asus ROG Ally and Lenovo Legion Go better be careful, these specs mean business. Moreover, this is not Aokzoe’s first attempt at a handheld device, the brand has a lot of experience.

The remaining specs include a typical 48.5Wh battery, a 3-axis gyroscope, a MicroSD card reader, two USB 4 ports, one USB 3, a 3.5mm audio jack, and Wi-Fi 6/Bluetooth 5.2. Note that this model is compatible with Onexplayer docking station. It’s difficult to believe all of these squeeze inside a 265mm x 105mm x 22mm chassis weighing 649g.

Aokzoe A2 gaming handheld design.

Performance-wise, there are two main versions. The first and cheapest contains a Ryzen 7 6800U packing eight Zen 3+ cores alongside a Radeon 680M housing 12 RDNA 2 compute units. The second comes equipped with the more modern Ryzen 7 7840U housing eight Zen 4 cores plus a Radeon 780M rocking 12 RDNA 3 CUs. However, while you can only pair the former with 32GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, you can upgrade the latter with up to 64GB of RAM plus 4TB of storage. Naturally, the price nearly doubles if you cram double the memory.

The Aokzoe A2 will debut its crowdfunding campaign on December 22. Pricing starts at $599 for the 6800U version and $699 for the 7840U. Those who want an extra level of safety can grab a glass screen protector or a protection bag. You can see more details below.

Aokzoe A2 pricing table.

The brand says it’ll scale prices after the first 96 hours, so you might want to get your foot in the door early. Looking at the A1 pricing, you can expect an extra $200 on each model if you miss this pre-order discount. That said, I would personally wait for reviews just to be sure there are no hidden issues. As a reminder the ROG Ally had its malfunctioning MicroSD reader and the Steam Deck OLED its noisy headphone jack.