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AYANEO NEXT 2 handheld: both Intel Arc + AMD RDNA 2 GPU versions

AYANEO NEXT 2: the world's first handheld gaming console with Intel Arc GPU or AMD Radeon RX 6000 GPU, impressive stuff.

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Published Jun 30, 2022 8:48 PM CDT   |   Updated Mon, Jul 25 2022 2:06 AM CDT

AYANEO has just teased its next-gen gaming handheld, which is also the world's first gaming handheld system that will include either Intel or AMD discrete graphics cards.

The new AYANEO NEXT 2 will include an Intel CPU and Intel GPU, or an AMD CPU and AMD GPU together, for the first time in history. AYANEO CEO Arther Zhang confirmed the news himself, with the AYANEO NEXT 2 being the first to use a non-integrated GPU -- a discrete GPU -- inside of one of its designs, giving gamers the choice between Intel and AMD.

AYANEO will be using an Intel Alder Lake CPU with an Intel DG2 Mobile GPU for its Intel-powered AYANEO NEXT 2 handheld gaming system, while the AMD-powered version will include an AMD "6000 series" CPU and an AMD 6000 series mobile GPU.

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We aren't privvy to exactly which SKUs that AYANEO will be using inside of its NEXT 2 gaming handheld, but we do know that this is the first outing of an Intel Arc Alchemist GPU inside of a handheld. The Intel DG2 mobile GPU inside of the AYANEO NEXT 2 should roll out as the ACM-G11 GPU, which rocks 8 Xe-Cores.

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AYANEO has expanded its handheld gaming product line to 7 designs for 2022 alone, with sub $300 consoles powered by lower-end Intel and AMD APUs, through to mid-range AYANEO handhelds with AMD Zen 3+ Ryzen 6000U series + RDNA 2 graphics for $650-$1000. So expect the higher-end AYANEO NEXT 2 handheld to be over $1000, but how much over $1000 we don't know.

In a shitty way, it's kinda funny: Intel hasn't even got Arc GPUs in desktop gamers' hands yet, but Arc GPUs are powering laptops in China, desktop Arc has launched "exclusively" in China, and now Intel Arc Alchemist mobile GPUs are powering AYANEO's new NEXT 2 gaming handheld system.

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AYANEO on the other hand, good on them for securing the world's first handheld with an Intel Arc GPU or AMD Radeon RX 6000 series GPU. Can't wait to see what the performance numbers are like, as well as thermals and battery life.

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Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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