AYA NEO, a handheld gaming console manufacturer, has just announced the AYA NEO NEXT series. The handheld, specifically the NEXT Pro variant, is currently available with a Ryzen 7 5825U at the helm.
AYA NEO has defended its decision to release the handheld device with a Ryzen 7 5800U processor rather than the newly announced Rysen 6000 series. The company says that it is still too soon and too complicated to get a hold of these CPUs this early for a small company like theirs.
Moreover, a small modification to the specs has been made. This modification explains why the manufacturer postponed its December launch and waited until after AMD’s CES presentation. This is one of the reasons why people thought the device would come out with the 6000 series at launch. But the delay was caused by a different SKU that also launched during the CES presentation of AMD, the Ryzen 7 5825U codenamed Barcelo-U.
The long-rumored Barcelo APUs are based on refreshed Cezanne silicon with Zen3 and Vega graphics The Barcelo-U chips are the only Vega-based APUs introduced by AMD during the CES presentation.
These APUs bring a frequency change over the current Cezanne-U chips. With the AYA NEO Next Pro being equipped with the Ryzen 7 5825U, it will feature a 100MHz higher base and boosts clock (2.0/4.5GHz vs 1.9/4.4GHz) and 200MHz lower GPU clock (1.8GHz vs 2.0GHz)
Additionally, the two versions of the Aya Neo NEXT, vanilla and Pro, will feature Barcelo APUs while the mid-tier Advanced variant will still have Ryzen 7 58000U. The company said there was no time to update the marketing materials for the launch which suggests that it was a last-minute change.
“The AYA team also said that they will do their best to let fans experience the charm of the 6000 series as early as possible, but this is likely to happen at the end of this year. At this stage, as a small factory, I want to get the 6000 series The difficulty is too high.“
The company is the first to announce a device that runs Barcelo chips, but it will be unable to deliver the Ryzen 6000 series with the RDNA 2 iGPUs in its handheld device until late 2022 at the earliest.