While handheld Android consoles are less prevalent compared to Android smartphones, they do exist. Various companies, both big and small, have released such consoles, such as the Logitech G Cloud. Although the market is relatively small, we continue to witness companies developing increasingly impressive products. AYANEO has recently unveiled the Pocket AIR, their first handheld Android console, which boasts promising specifications.
The Pocket AIR was announced by AYANEO via Twitter, and from the specifications provided, it appears to be a robust gaming console capable of running nearly all Android games with ease. This makes it an appealing choice for individuals seeking a console primarily for casual gaming purposes.
To delve into the specifications, the Pocket AIR is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 1200 processor. It features a 5.5-inch AMOLED screen, accompanied by a master controller, hall-sensing joystick, and hall triggers. Additionally, it incorporates an x-axis linear motor and boasts a substantial 7,350 mAh battery. The console will utilize a customized AYAHome launcher and an AYASpace app for game management, while running on Android 12 as its default operating system.
Undoubtedly, the Pocket AIR appears impressive, but it raises the question of whether there is a viable market for it. The determining factors will be its pricing and the game selection it offers. While it will support Android games, it would be particularly appealing if it could also emulate retro games from the PS1 and PS2 eras. Given its Android platform, there should be possibilities to explore such options.
While the features of the Pocket AIR are impressive, its success will heavily depend on its price point. If it happens to be too expensive, it may not be a practical choice for those seeking a casual gaming experience, which would defeat the purpose. Fortunately, the wait won’t be too long to find out, as preorders are set to go live this month, with shipping scheduled for next month.
Introducing the Pocket AIR, AYANEO's first Android handheld console! 🎮✨
Stay tuned for more exciting updates! 😃🎉
— AYANEO (@AYANEO__) July 5, 2023