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After being revealed early in February, the upcoming Orange Pi Neo that will come with Manjaro Linux now has a price, and there will be multiple versions of it although we still don't exactly have a clear release date.

The Manjaro Linux account on X posted that it was "launched" in Shenzhen, China. The device will be split across a Ryzen 7840U model at $499 USD and a Ryzen 8840U at $599 USD. It will join the Steam Deck in being powered by Linux, although not SteamOS, it will use a special immutable Manjaro Gaming Edition. Although if you don't get on with Manjaro, there's other options like ChimeraOS and Bazzite that will no doubt get drivers sorted for it.

A reminder on the specifications to expect from it:

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

The starter $499 price actually seems quite reasonable don't you think?

I'm definitely excited to see more proper Linux handhelds coming to market, and unlike the recent Playtron announcement this is an actual product releasing soon.

More info on the Neo website.

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pb Mar 26
Sorry, but I have to ask. Orange Pi is a Chinese Raspberry Pi or something?
kuhpunkt Mar 26
QuoteThe starter $499 price actually seems quite reasonable don't you think?

Curious if that includes, shipping, customs and tax etc.
RTheren Mar 26
Quoting: pbSorry, but I have to ask. Orange Pi is a Chinese Raspberry Pi or something?

Yes, it's one of the Pi-like SBCs manufacturer. I still have the Orange Pi PC that's working mighty fine.
Eike Mar 26
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Quoting: kuhpunkt
QuoteThe starter $499 price actually seems quite reasonable don't you think?

Curious if that includes, shipping, customs and tax etc.

It's the price when fetching it in Shenzhen. ;)
eldaking Mar 26
This looks a lot more reasonable than the non-Deck handhelds. A lot cheaper, has proper touchpads, and it might be Manjaro but at least it is not Windows.

But compared to the Deck, I don't know if it holds up. It seems to compare favorably to the mid-price Deck, but I don't see the point of many of the updates compared the cheap one - like the display resolution for this size... and in terms of support, it is hard to compete with Valve.
wytrabbit Mar 26
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Uhh... is that an Xbox logo for the applications menu??
Outbox Mar 26
Quoting: wytrabbitUhh... is that an Xbox logo for the applications menu??
Yes because steam shows the menu icon based on the connected controller, i think

If the controller is and xbox controller, shows the xbox logo, if is an playstation controller, shows the PS logo an so on
Liam Dawe Mar 26
Quoting: Outbox
Quoting: wytrabbitUhh... is that an Xbox logo for the applications menu??
Yes because steam shows the menu icon based on the connected controller, i think

If the controller is and xbox controller, shows the xbox logo, if is an playstation controller, shows the PS logo an so on
That's exactly it. It's Steam Big Picture mode, the glyphs are based on the controller or spoofed controller.
CatKiller Mar 26
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Quoting: Liam DaweThat's exactly it. It's Steam Big Picture mode, the glyphs are based on the controller or spoofed controller.
They could have worked with upstream Valve/SDL, though, so that the controller was an actual Orange Pi Neo rather than a spoofed anything.

Of course they've got time to do that still; it's just a mock-up with no release date at the moment. But if they were going to do that, they'd probably have tidied up their mock-up.
Julius Mar 26
I don't get what the point of the Ryzen 8840U version is. Seems to be the same specs as the 7840U just with a faster NPU, which is AFAIK completely useless in a handheld like this.
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