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ASUS have given their handheld an upgrade with the ROG Ally X now getting a full announcement, along with specifications and a price. Hopefully they actually fixed the SD Card issue this time…

While they're still bundling it with Windows 11, I doubt it will be long before the likes of ChimeraOS, Bazzite and others get updates to allow you to easily run Linux on it.

The updated ROG Ally X now ships with a larger 1TB M.2 full 2280 for storage, faster 7500Mhz LPDDR5X RAM bumped up to 24GB, an 80 Wh battery, an additional USB-C port, overhauled internals for better cooling and a revised case design for better ergonomics (it's much more round). They also re-positioned the thumbsticks and gave it new thumbsticks that should last longer, there's a new macro button on the back, a redesigned d-pad and lots of small improvements elsewhere.

Priced at $799 it will be available in July. See more on their store page.

It's also worth noting, that ASUS have been catching some fire lately for their terrible user support experience, which the excellent Gamers Nexus went over across two videos titled ASUS Scammed Us and the follow-up ASUS Says We're "Confused".

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As Liam noted later in the article (I suggest watching the referenced GN video), unless their approach to dealing with customers changes, I personally don't plan on buying from them any time soon. Looks nice tho.
Belaptir Jun 2
Nice,so in Europe we'll see if for almost 1k. And with the awesome customer support they have, I'm sure they'll sell a lot!

Still no trackpads btw.
Seeing the price increase between the Rog ally Z1 / Z1 extrem / x, I can't help myself to think that the philosophy of extremely high priced hardware to run poorly optimised game is pushing is way through portable gaming devices.
No Linux support. No trackpads (how the heck you play accurate aiming oriented games with sticks?). 800 bucks. This is BS IMO ..

Spydows 11 is not loved by anyone and additionally consumes battery more than the device would with Linux.

Last edited by dziadulewicz on 2 June 2024 at 1:07 pm UTC
Tuxee Jun 2
They must be desperate. After just a few months when the predecessor hit the market they are already announcing a successor. By the end of the year we should see at an "Ally 2"...
Drakker Jun 2
It still has that horrible round d-pad and those ugly RGB leds, hard pass.
Pengling Jun 2
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Quoting: on_en_a_grosSeeing the price increase between the Rog ally Z1 / Z1 extrem / x, I can't help myself to think that the philosophy of extremely high priced hardware to run poorly optimised game is pushing is way through portable gaming devices.
And don't forget a poorly-optimised OS, as well!

Seriously, though, this continues to echo the way that netbooks were killed off. Beware!
ToddL Jun 2
The biggest ding on this device is that it's not using a OLED screen and sticking to the same one as the previous model. Also, they opted to use USB4 instead of their proprietary connector for the eGPU, which is nice but should've used OCuLink instead.

Sure, the 24GB of RAM and larger battery sounds nice but since it's still stuck on Windows 11, I'll pass on this until they get dirt cheap so that I can put Bazzite, ChimeraOS or Nobara on it.

Last edited by ToddL on 2 June 2024 at 2:22 pm UTC
Szkodnix Jun 2
Oh that's cool!

Can I order a version with preinstalled Linux?
QuoteWhile they're still bundling it with Windows 11
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