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The return of the portable AMD console

The return of the portable AMD console

A few years ago, some of you will remember a project called Smach Z came about, which was to give birth to a portable console equipped with an AMD processor. It was in 2016, and, everything was almost finalized around an APU of the time; what were we going to see?

New Aya-Eve

Today we have a relatively similar project coming out of the woodwork. Of course, the hardware is no longer the same since this console code named Aya-Eve is built around a 7-inch IPS panel (1280 x 800 pixels) and an AMD Ryzen 5 4500U APU (6 cores and 6 threads @ 2.30 / 4.00 GHz). As for the graphics, that is entrusted to a Radeon Vega 6 @ 1.50 GHz. The RAM is 16 GB (LPDDR4X @ 4266 MHz) and the storage is done on a 512 GB SSD NVME drive.

For the time being we are still at the prototype stage. The set has a 47W battery, WiFi of the 802.11ax variety, Bluetooth 5x connectivity, a USB 3.1 and USB-C port and a microSD card reader.

portable AMD console

The board and its cooling system are very compact as you can see in the picture. The Aya-Eve weighs 650 grams with the controllers attached, a figure to be compared with the Nintendo Switch which weighs in at just 400 grams with the Joy-Cons attached to a 6.2-inch screen.

We’re still far from the final version even if the pictures of the prototype are attractive. The console will run under Windows 10 and the goal is to be able to sell it for $600. Even if this type of project can only benefit from a sympathetic eye on our part, we can’t help but notice that for many years, no initiative of this kind has given birth to a product marketed on a large scale.


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Edited by Calliers

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