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SMACH Z: AMD powered handheld with Vega GPU launches in 2019

SMACH Z will 'revolutionize the world of PC gaming', with the AMD-powered handheld launching in Q1 2019

By: Anthony Garreffa from Nov 19, 2018 @ 21:35 CST

Years ago the marketing slogan for Intel was 'Intel Inside' but Intel aren't inside of as many products as AMD these days, with Team Red inside of all variants of the Xbox and PlayStation consoles, and interesting devices like the upcoming SMACH Z.

SMACH Z is a new handheld PC device that is powered by AMD Ryzen Embedded and features Radeon Vega 8 graphics, with the SMACH Z team announcing that they will be launching their new product in Q1 2019. The SMACH Z team explained: "The SMACH Z team confirms that providers are already working on components production and delivery. Mass production of SMACH Z, the device that promises to revolutionize the world of PC gaming, is scheduled for Q1 of 2019. After two years of development, the device is ready to go to market with a 6-inch high-definition touchscreen and hardware based on AMD Ryzen Embedded and AMD Radeon Vega 8 Graphics".

What will the SMACH Z be powered with exactly? Well, there are there different variants to choose from: SMACH Z, SMACH Z PRO, and SMACH Z ULTRA. Each of these models feature varying specs, with the SMACH Z including 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and NO camera while the other models bump up the RAM and storage with each tier, and both include a camera.

You can configure the SMACH Z in all variants with Windows 10 Home for an additional $100, which will allow you to play all games on the portable PC with some pretty good specs considering its a handheld. I can see PUBG, Fortnite, COD: Black Ops 4, etc being huge on this thing. The entry cost is high, but it 's a first-gen device and has had close to $1 million support during its Kickstarter campaign.

SMACH Z -$699 (pre-order price is $629.10):

  • AMD Ryzen V1605B with AMD Radeon Vega 8 Graphics
  • 4 GB DDR4 2133MHz SO-DIMM
  • 64 GB HD SSD m.2
  • FullHD Touchscreen 6" 1920x1080
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/d/e/h/i & Bluetooth v2.1+EDR/v3.0/v3.0HS/v4.0
  • USB-C, USB-A, Micro USB, Display Port, SD card, Audio minijack
  • Charger USB-C 20V 3A 60W. Plug EU/US/UK/AU
  • SMACH OS Linux based distribution
  • Black Frontal Shell

SMACH Z PRO - $899 (pre-order price is $809.10):

  • AMD Ryzen V1605B with AMD Radeon Vega 8 Graphics
  • 8 GB DDR4 2133MHz SO-DIMM
  • 128 GB HD SSD m.2
  • FullHD Touchscreen 6" 1920x1080
  • Camera 5 Megapixels
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/d/e/h/i & Bluetooth v2.1+EDR/v3.0/v3.0HS/v4.0
  • USB-C, USB-A, Micro USB, Display Port, SD card, Audio minijack
  • Charger USB-C 20V 3A 60W. Plug EU/US/UK/AU
  • SMACH OS Linux based distribution
  • Black Frontal Shell

SMACH Z ULTRA - $1099 (pre-order price is $989.10):

  • AMD Ryzen V1605B with AMD Radeon Vega 8 Graphics
  • 8 GB + 8 GB Dual Channel DDR4 2133MHz SO-DIMM
  • 256 GB HD SSD m.2
  • FullHD Touchscreen 6" 1920x1080
  • Camera 5 Megapixels
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/d/e/h/i & Bluetooth v2.1+EDR/v3.0/v3.0HS/v4.0
  • USB-C, USB-A, Micro USB, Display Port, SD card, Audio minijack
  • Charger USB-C 20V 3A 60W. Plug EU/US/UK/AU
  • SMACH OS Linux based distribution
  • Black Frontal Shell