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More details on the Manjaro Orange Pi Neo gaming handheld

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Announced earlier this month, the Orange Pi Neo is a gaming handheld coming out a bit like the Steam Deck but it will be running Manjaro Linux. Recently the Manjaro team gave out a bit more info that was all in a Q&A post on the official Manjaro forum.

This isn't something that was rushed as Manjaro project lead Phillip Müller noted they've worked with Orange Pi on this since May 2023, and the Neo will be released with the first version of Manjaro that's immutable (just like SteamOS on the Steam Deck) named Manjaro Gaming Edition. This will come with special patched versions of gamescope, handygccs, OpenGamepadUI, hhd and it will have a focus on Flatpaks for extras. It will also ship with the KDE Plasma desktop mode, just like the Steam Deck again. So overall how it will work should be very close to SteamOS.

Something many people have been asking for: more handhelds that match up to the software experience on the Steam Deck and not just sticking something on top of Windows to make it slightly less terrible. The thumbpads and an extra USB port are also very welcome.

What they're currently working on getting working:

  • RGB control still needs to be added to hhd or a dedicated application.
  • TDP control might work via OpenGamepadUI overlay mode.
  • controller support still needs to be added to OpenGamepadUI.
  • fan curves and battery control needs to be optimized.
  • Audio Equalizer might still need some work to improve audio quality.
  • Standby and Sleep needs some work in software and firmware to properly work.

They even noted the gyroscope model as a BOSCH 260, which is already supported.

Most importantly: what about pricing and release date? Well the good news on both is that it's not far away with a Q2 2024 target (April - June), and they say the price is aiming for the lower-end of Steam Deck pricing so it sounds like it's going to be really competitive there.

Here's a reminder of the specs:

Screen 7-inch FHD+ (1920 x 1200, WUXGA) 16:10, 500nits Brightness, 120Hz Refresh Rate
RAM 16GB/32GB LPDDR5 (6400MHz dual channel)
Dimensions 259mm*107mm*19.9mm
Triggers Linear Hall Trigger
Ports 2x USB 4.0 Type-C, 1x 3.5mm headphone jack, 1x TF card slot
BT / WiFI BT5.3, Wifi 6E
Cooling Turbo Large Fan, Dual Copper Pipes + Aluminium Alloy Cooling Fans, extra large air vents + customised cooling system and air ducts with a subtle design
Colour White/Black
CPU AMD Ryzen 7 7840U
Storage 512GB-2TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 SSD (2280)
Battery 50WHrs, 3S1P, 3-cell Li-polymer battery
Joysticks Hall Sensing Joystick with RGB Lighting
Gyro Dual 6-axis gyroscopes
Audio 2x 1W dual panoramic speakers

Really keen to see more from this! What do you think?

See more in the Q&A post. Additionally there's also the Manjaro Gaming Slimbook laptop recently launched.

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RTheren Feb 16
Orange Pi got my curiosity...
damarrin Feb 16
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Yay, a hi-res screen to make all those extra tiny letters even tinier!
doragasu Feb 16
Everything in these news looked great!

I don't think I'll buy one, but if I would not have a Deck and they deliver on their promises, I would seriously consider it.
Geppeto35 Feb 16
clearly, specially for gaming, 1280 x 720 should be the target to get the FPS and save the battery. Clearly enough at that size!
Eri Feb 16
Looks like we have a rightful contender against the Deck, this is getting interesting. Let's see where this goes.
hardpenguin Feb 16
More medium- and high-end Linux-based gaming devices please.
sarmad Feb 16
This is pretty interesting specs. I think the main advantage this has over the Steam Deck is the smaller form factor. It has better specs than the Steam Deck but that could be a negative thing depending on its effect on battery life. On the other hand Steam Deck gets many advantages over this including OLED screen, OS features for managing performance, and potentially longer battery life. So, I think it's gonna be a tough competition, but I wish them success.
LoudTechie Feb 16
Quoting: hardpenguinMore medium- and high-end Linux-based gaming devices please.
Quoting: hardpenguinMore medium- and high-end Linux-based gaming devices please.
I don't think Linux can currently compete on that front, but I look forward to being proven wrong.
Eike Feb 16
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Quoting: LoudTechie
Quoting: hardpenguinMore medium- and high-end Linux-based gaming devices please.
I don't think Linux can currently compete on that front, but I look forward to being proven wrong.

I'm surprised. Why would you think there could be a problem for Linux on that front?
WMan22 Feb 16
Heck yeah finally people making handhelds other than lenovo legion go are starting to understand how necessary the dual touchpads are. That being said, I don't see back paddles on this so this is going to lead to some awkwardness.

Yes, I'm aware of the SCUF patent, I'm really not happy about it, to the point that recently I had an opportunity to buy a SCUF controller and didn't because of that.
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