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AYANEO Next Lite with a customized SteamOS-like HoloISO fully revealed

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AYANEO has now revealed the specifications and pricing for the Linux powered AYANEO Next Lite, which will be using the SteamOS-like HoloISO, although customized by AYANEO for the handheld.

Initially AYANEO announced it as using SteamOS, and later clarified to GamingOnLinux that it was actually HoloISO customized. I did ask what they've tweaked but they simply said "we've made some changes to adapt the NEXT LITE hardware and drivers, and I'm very sorry I can't tell you exactly at this time". So it's not a plain HoloISO install of course, they have done their own tweaks for their hardware.

Specifications:

  • Pre-installed HoloISO Linux .
  • 7" 800P IPS True Color Screen.
  • AMD Ryzen™ 5 4500U / AMD Ryzen™ 7 4800U.
  • 16GB LPDDR4x 4266Mhz RAM.
  • Colour options: Pastel Blue / Bright White / Jet Black.
  • "NEXT Grip" Ergonomic Grip.
  • Hall Sensing Big Joysticks + Hall Triggers.
  • Custom Dual-copper Pipe Cooling System.
  • X-axis Linear Motor + Six-axis Gyroscope.
  • 47Wh High-capacity Battery.
  • Two USB 3.2 type C + One USB 3.2 type C (data only) + headphones jack.
  • Weight: 720g.
  • WiFi 6 / Bluetooth 5.2.

No date is actually being announced for release just yet, AYANEO simply told me "It will be officially available at the AYANEO online store in the near future" and that they "will offer exclusive early bird pricing for the first 100 customers, who can get the AMD 4500U version with 16G RAM and 512G stroage [sic] for just $299 with free shipping". For now, you can simply subscribe to their newsletter on the official page to get notified when it becomes available.

Main pricing will be $299 for the Ryzen 5 4500U with a 128GB SSD, $349 with a 512GB SSD and $399 for the model with an AMD Rzen 7 4800U. You'll be able to upgrade the storage as they say it supported up to 8TB with M.2 2280 PCIe 3.0 models.

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What do you think to the specifications, pricing and their use of the SteamOS-like HoloISO?

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LoudTechie Jan 12
I'm actually quite impressed.
With both Liam and Ayeneo.
Liam got himself taken seriously as an industry voice.
Ayeneo didn't only undercut Valve, but did so while keeping it future proof.
I does cost some qualities and new technologies, but only on this forum we've already seen some protest to them.


Last edited by LoudTechie on 12 January 2024 at 1:57 pm UTC
satoridepon Jan 12
Considering the price it's not that bad and actually is a solid alternative to LCD Deck.

GPU is worse, but everything else is better (well, no trackpads, but again most people wouldn't care).

The only problem is that $299 model is only 128gb and doesn't have SD card slot, which makes it kinda useless unless you plan to replace the SSD.

And of course I'm concerned on how they will support the OS (and if they will in the first place)
LoudTechie Jan 12
I was really curious how they planned to do "subscription".
This kind of a boring implementation, but slow and steady wins the race.
LoudTechie Jan 12
Quoting: satorideponConsidering the price it's not that bad and actually is a solid alternative to LCD Deck.

GPU is worse, but everything else is better (well, no trackpads, but again most people wouldn't care).

The only problem is that $299 model is only 128gb and doesn't have SD card slot, which makes it kinda useless unless you plan to replace the SSD.

And of course I'm concerned on how they will support the OS (and if they will in the first place)

The first Steamdecks started as 64GB and sold quite smooth.
Thanks to Wirth's law that wouldn't be enough anymore, but 128 gigs ROM and 16 gigs RAM should be enough.
Eike Jan 12
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Quoting: LoudTechie
Quoting: satorideponConsidering the price it's not that bad and actually is a solid alternative to LCD Deck.

GPU is worse, but everything else is better (well, no trackpads, but again most people wouldn't care).

The only problem is that $299 model is only 128gb and doesn't have SD card slot, which makes it kinda useless unless you plan to replace the SSD.

And of course I'm concerned on how they will support the OS (and if they will in the first place)

The first Steamdecks started as 64GB and sold quite smooth.

I bought one, too... but I wouldn't have without an SD card slot.
dubigrasu Jan 12
Worried about the Holoiso thing. Wonder why they haven't went with something more say, reputable and actively developed, like ChimeraOS.
If I'm not remembering wrong, they were the first to sent an AYANEO to ChimeraOS team (even before Valve sent a SteamDeck), so they know about it and there's a resemblance of collaboration. Could be because of ChimeraOS's choice of using Gnome instead of KDE? (and wanting for their device to be more SteamDeck like?)
satoridepon Jan 12
Quoting: LoudTechieThe first Steamdecks started as 64GB and sold quite smooth

Steam Deck has SD card slot.

Quoting: LoudTechieThanks to Wirth's law that wouldn't be enough anymore, but 128 gigs ROM and 16 gigs RAM should be enough

Don't forget SteamOS long-standing issue with increasing storage consumption due to Proton prefixes, shader caches etc. 128gb is not enough unless you only play small games.
LoudTechie Jan 12
Quoting: Eike
Quoting: LoudTechie
Quoting: satorideponConsidering the price it's not that bad and actually is a solid alternative to LCD Deck.

GPU is worse, but everything else is better (well, no trackpads, but again most people wouldn't care).

The only problem is that $299 model is only 128gb and doesn't have SD card slot, which makes it kinda useless unless you plan to replace the SSD.

And of course I'm concerned on how they will support the OS (and if they will in the first place)

The first Steamdecks started as 64GB and sold quite smooth.

I bought one, too... but I wouldn't have without an SD card slot.
Good point, I think they're relying on the usb 3.2(data only) port.
hardpenguin Jan 12
Quoting: EikeThere's people not using the trackpads on Steam Deck either.
Interesting, I mean obviously they are going to tweak HoloISO for they're Handheld. It's going to be interesting to see how this all works out once it's in peoples hands. Moreover How they handle ongoing support. As for price, not going to lie I'm a bit disappointed. It's not really competitive at all with Steam Deck's low tie prices. I mean having hall sticks is nice, but we don't get trackpads or back buttons. Feels like sacrifices that aren't worth the cost. Was kinda hoping for a price tag like around $250. Wish you the best but I don't really see a market for this thing.
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