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The OrangePi Neo is an upcoming gaming handheld powered by Manjaro Linux Gaming Edition, and now we have some rough demo footage of a prototype actually playing games.

The quality of the actual video is not exactly the best, the Manjaro team are not exactly YouTuber pros but it's still quite an interesting look at the early unfinished device for those interested in more Linux gaming handhelds. Have a look at the video below:

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It's somewhat amusing to see that on Windows handhelds, certain vendors have made their own UI to make Windows slightly better for a handheld and here we have the Manjaro team doing a UI pop-up on top of the Steam Big Picture mode for their settings. Hopefully the final release is a bit smoother than that, but as a reminder this is early stuff we're seeing.

A few weeks ago the Manjaro team also did a quick rough demo of the early Manjaro Gaming Edition installer on YouTube as well:

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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 device will be split across a Ryzen 7840U model at $499 USD and a Ryzen 8840U at $599 USD.

More info on the official website. A release date is not yet set.

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jordicoma May 17
Hope you can disable the rgb light, it's distracting and spends battery.
Pengling May 17
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I must admit, I do like the splash of colour from the orange buttons, here.
I hope it sells well!
ToddL May 17
Other than the annoying RGB lights on the analog sticks, the device and OS looks promising but still needs more time to optimize the boot up screen and when launching the games because it seems slow.
kuhpunkt May 17
They really need to work on their marketing. I don't think it was necessary to play the game for a full hour. There is no value in seeing that uncut. At least switch the game and present the performance in a variety of titles.
Drakker May 17
Argh... More of those ugly wasteful LEDs.
Liam Dawe May 17
Quoting: kuhpunktThey really need to work on their marketing. I don't think it was necessary to play the game for a full hour. There is no value in seeing that uncut. At least switch the game and present the performance in a variety of titles.
This isn't really meant as marketing, not in a traditional sense. IMO it's more like them showing off their workshop a bit for people curious. At least, I hope their actual real marketing is higher quality...
WorMzy May 17
Hopefully it doesn't reflect too badly on Linux gaming when Manjaro inevitably drop the ball and fuck it up by forgetting to renew an SSL certificate or something.
sarmad May 17
So, compared to the Steam Deck this has higher specs (CPU/GPU, screen resolution screen refresh rate) and smaller form factor, but in return the Deck has better screen, likely better battery life, and I guess slightly lower cost.
Quoting: sarmadSo, compared to the Steam Deck this has higher specs (CPU/GPU, screen resolution screen refresh rate) and smaller form factor, but in return the Deck has better screen, likely better battery life, and I guess slightly lower cost.
I suspect the Deck has better ergonomics as well.
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