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Asus ROG Ally specs, price and release date

New Windows 11-based Steam Deck rival, the Asus ROG Ally, debuts the AMD Ryzen Z1 APU, with Zen 4 CPU and RDNA 3 graphics on one chip.

Asus ROG Ally

The Asus ROG Ally is a handheld game console that’s a rival to the Valve Steam Deck but that runs Windows rather than Steam OS. It was first revealed – rather confusingly – on April 1st 2023 (Aprils Fools Day) but it was no joke. Instead, this device looks set to potentially shake up the handheld gaming market.

The Asus ROG Ally specs, price, and release date were officially unveiled on May 11th 2023, all of which you can read about below.

Asus ROG Ally live stream

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Asus ROG Ally specs vs Steam Deck

The Asus ROG Ally specs list is:

Asus ROG Ally Extreme Asus ROG Ally Steam Deck
Architecture AMD Zen 4 / RDNA 3 AMD Zen 4 / RDNA 3 AMD Zen 2 / RDNA 2
APU AMD Z1 Extreme eight cores / 16 threads up to 5.1 GHz AMD Z1 six cores / 12 threads AMD Van Gogh four cores / eight threads up to 3.5 GHz
SoC GPU 780M 12 CU RDNA3 4 CU RDNA3 RDNA2 8 CU @ 1.6 GHz
External GPU ROG XG Mobile (up to GeForce RTX 4090) ROG XG Mobile (up to GeForce RTX 4090) N/A
Memory 16GB LPDDR5 16GB LPDDR5 16GB LPDDR5-5500
Storage 512GB PCIe 4x PCIe 4 TBD 64GB eMMC (1x PCIe 2)
256GB/512GB NVMe (4x PCIe 3)
Display 7″ 1,920 x 1,080 120Hz 7″ 1,920 x 1,080 120Hz 7″ 1,280 x 800 60Hz
Connectivity TBD TBD Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5
Battery TBD TBD 40 Whr
Weight 608g 608g 669g
Dimensions 28.0 x 11.3 x 3.9 mm 28.0 x 11.3 x 3.9 mm 29.8 x 11.7 x 4.9 cm
OS Windows 11 Windows 11 Steam OS/Windows 11
Price $699 TBD $399 (16G+64GB)
$529 (16G+256GB)
$649 (16G+512GB)

The Asus ROG Ally is a Windows 11-based handheld gaming device with a 7-inch, 1080p (1,920 x 1,080), 120Hz display, and integrated controls that should, in theory, allow access to your whole library of PC games while on the go.

Its arrival follows that of the incredibly popular Steam Deck, which offers a similar overall experience but uses a lower resolution 1,280 x 800 pixel screen that’s also limited to just 60Hz. The Valve console also runs a custom Linux distro rather than Windows and is only optimized for running Steam games, although users have been able to dual-boot the device to also run Windows.

The ROG Ally uses a new AMD Ryzen Z1 mobile APU, that incorporates the latest Zen 4 CPU architecture and RDNA 3 graphics architecture. This comes in two variants, one with an eight-core CPU and 12 compute unit (CU) GPU and the other using a six-core CPU and 4 CU configuration. The flagship AMD Z1 Extreme APU also has a 5.1GHz clock speed.

Asus ROG Ally AMD Z1 series

In comparison, the Steam Deck also uses an AMD APU but it’s based on older Zen 3 CPU and RDNA 2 graphics technologies. Plus, the CPU has only four cores and a 3.5GHz clock speed limit while the GPU has an eight compute unit (CU) configuration.

The upshot is that the Asus ROG Ally is considerably faster across the board, which it’ll need to be if it hopes to hit the higher 1080p resolution and 120Hz refresh rate of its screen.

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Asus ROG Ally battery life

The Asus ROG Ally battery size is 40Wh, which translates to an Asus ROG Ally battery life of around 2.5 hours of gaming. That’s slightly better than the Steam Deck that delivers 1.5-2 hours of gaming but is still quite a limitation for a portable device. The ability to switch the screen from 120Hz to 60Hz helps the ROG Ally eke out more battery life.

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Asus ROG Ally price

The Asus ROG Ally price is $699 / £699, which is more expensive than the cheapest Steam Deck, but around the same price as the 512GB Valve Steam Deck. A cheaper model is set to launch later this year, which will have reduced specs and be priced at $599.

Asus ROG Ally release date

You can pre-order the Asus ROG Ally right now from major retailers like Best Buy, as well as directly from Asus, with devices expected to ship around June 13th.

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