AYANEO AIR 1S OLED Gaming Handheld Gets Updated With Ryzen 7 8840U APU

AYANEO is updating its 2023 1S model with a new APU. The 1S is the second-generation product in the AIR series, which initially featured Ryzen 5000U APUs (Zen 3). Last year, it was upgraded to the Ryzen 7 7840U, a high-end, low-power Phoenix processor with 8 Zen 4 cores.

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AYANEO has announced a further upgrade to the Ryzen 7 8840U, which is built on a nearly identical architecture. The CPU still features Zen 4 cores and the integrated Radeon 780M RDNA3 graphics remain the same. However, the AMD XDNA AI accelerator has been improved, now delivering up to 60% faster performance compared to the 7000U series (up to 16 TOPS). Despite this enhancement, it doesn’t represent a major upgrade for a gaming handheld.

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The system weighs 450 grams, primarily due to its smaller 5.5-inch screen, making it heavier than its predecessor (Ryzen 5000U), which weighed only 398 grams. Although AYANEO has emphasized in their marketing that their device is lighter than the Switch OLED, the 1S in this case will be heavier.

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It’s evident that this device isn’t aimed at competing with high-end handhelds like the ROG Ally or MSI Claw, which feature 7-inch screens, nor does it intend to. However, these premium devices lack an AMOLED screen. AYANEO confirms that it uses an ultra-clear wide color gamut AMOLED screen with a 1920×1080 resolution.

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The 7840U version from last year also came in an Ultra Thin design with a smaller battery and slimmer chassis. There is no indication of a similar variant for the 8840U at this time.

AYANEO is also launching a special edition named AYANEO AIR 1S x Eiyuden Chronicle, limited to just 100 units.

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No release date or pricing details have been provided yet. However, with the upgrade to the Ryzen 7 8840U, it is likely to be more expensive than the previous model, which started at $899 for the base configuration.

Source: AYANEO