Disassembled AYANEO Air Pro handheld console reveals compact PCB design with AMD Barcelo APU

AYANEO Air Pro was recently launched with an OLED display, an AMD Barcelo-based APU, in a small 22.4cm case. It’s a minimal console with a ton of power and now we see in detail what powers the handheld device.

AYANEO’s Air Pro is the all-new lightweight gaming console that uses AMD’s Ryzen 7 5825U ‘Barcelo’ APU

Readers should remember that the AMD Barcelo APU is a recycled version of the Cezanne processor using the Zen 3 architecture released earlier this year in January. AYANEO CEO Song Zeng, known to his employees as “Uncle A”, introduced the company’s latest handheld in a lengthy presentation lasting a few hours.

During the presentation, he showed off the AYANEO Air Pro, explaining that the system uses an AMD Ryzen 7 5825U APU, offering 8 cores and 16 threads with a clock speed of up to 4.5 GHz. Based on the 7nm process node, the APU is complemented by the integrated Vega graphics which contain 8 CUs or 512 cores clocked at a frequency as high as 2000 MHz.

AYANEO AIR is like an upgraded Nintendo Switch that plays PC games, unlike larger devices like Valve’s Steam Deck, One Notebook’s Onexplayer, and the upcoming AOKZOE A1 handheld. It’s one of the smallest handhelds of its caliber on the market, but it can’t match the performance of larger systems, like the Steam Deck. The reason is that Valve uses more stable RDNA 2 based graphics. But, compared to the Switch, it’s a much more complete x86-based system, offering an eight-core processor, an M.2 memory slot, and can offer up to 32GB of LPDDR4X memory.

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The biggest complaint of the AYANEO Air series right now is the batteries. The AMD Ryzen 5 5560U system has a 7350 mAh battery, while the AMD Ryzen 7 5825U offers a 10,050 mAh battery. For comparison, the Steam Deck uses a 19,200 mAh battery, although the system requires a more robust battery for its size and resistance.

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The company announced a new Air version of its library called Air Plus, which uses an AMD Mendocino processor, a quad-core processor with RDNA 2 graphics. The expected MSRP for the new device would keep it competitive with the Nintendo Switch, starting at around $290. The Air and Air Pro sell for significantly more, with the highest version of the Air model selling for $550 and the Air Pro for $1,400.

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Specifications AYA NEO AIR
Liliputing AYA Neo Air 5560U AYA Neo Air 5560U AYA Neo Air Pro 5560U AYA Neo Air Pro 5825U AYA Neo Air Pro 5825U
Processor AMD Ryzen 5 5560U
6 cores / 12 threads
2.3GHz base / 4GHz boost
AMD Ryzen 7 5825U
8 cores / 16 threads
2GHz base / 4.5GHz boost
Chart Radeon Vega 7 Radeon Vega 8
PDT 8-12W 8-15W 8-18W 8-18W 8-18W
Memory 8GB LPDDR4x-3200 16 GB LPDDR4x-4266 32 GB LPDDR4x-4266
SSD 128 GB 256 GB 512 GB 512 GB / 1 TB 2TB
Display 5.5″ 1920 x 1080 pixel OLED
Wireless WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.2
Battery 28Wh, 7350mAh 38Wh, 10,050mAh
Fingerprint reader? Nope Yes Yes Yes Yes
Colors White Black Black, white, pink Black, white, pink Black, white, pink
Dimensions 224×89.5×17-26.7mm 224×89.5×18-26.7mm 224×89.5×21.6-26.7mm
lester 395 grams 410 grams 450 grams
Price (retail) $549 $629 $649 $799 (16GB/1TB)
$699 (16GB/0.5TB)
$999 (16GB/0.5TB)
$1,099 (16GB/1TB)
$1399 (32G/2GB)

We should start seeing AMD Barcelo-based Air handhelds by AYANEO in August for the AMD 5 5560U model and the AMD Ryzen 7 5825U system the following month.

Sources of information: VideoCardz, AYANEO, Olrak29_ on Twitter

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