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ZOTAC Zone is yet another AMD gaming handheld

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Every hardware vendor seems to want a go at making a handheld, and now its ZOTAC jumping in with the Zone.

Teased during Computex it will come with an AMD Ryzen 7 8840U (Zen 4) and AMD Radeon 870M graphics (RDNA 3). It will also come with 2-stage adjustable triggers, hall effect joysticks and triggers, a 1920x1080 7" AMOLED multi-touch 120Hz display, a front-facing camera and even dual trackpads.

Zotac shared some images on X (formerly Twitter):

It looks pretty big. And of course, it will come with Windows. So if you want to run it on Linux, you'll need to wait for drivers to be worked on and for the likes of ChimeraOS and Bazzite to get support ready for it.

“Ever since the establishment of the ZOTAC GAMING brand, we have strived to provide an unmatched gaming experience for enthusiasts worldwide,” Said Tony Wong, Chief Executive Officer of ZOTAC. “We have made considerable efforts to raise the bar with our debut handheld, tailor-made with competitive features for all gamers.”

Valve well and truly lit a fire under everyone didn't they with the Steam Deck and Steam Deck OLED? Handheld PCs for gaming are now really becoming a bigger mainstream thing. We also had the silly-named MSI Claw 8 AI+ revealed recently too.

The ZOTAC Zone will launch in September priced reportedly around $800. So they're not even remotely trying to compete with the Steam Deck at that price. The price alone may be the biggest issue with it.

You can follow it on their store.

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artixbtw Jun 4
On the bright side, this one doesn't try to market itself as an AI or blockchain device.
Highball Jun 4
I would never buy a Windows handheld. Every time you buy one, you put another sale on the list for Microsoft. All the vendors go, okay I guess we need to make Windows handheld. Microsoft gives deals to all of it's partners for cheaper Windows licenses as long as they always sell a Windows licences with their machines. With few exceptions of course. Buying devices with Windows licences are just reinforcing to these companies that their deal with Microsoft is the right choice and no money gets spent on support for any alternative operating systems.
nondetect Jun 4
It appears that ZOTAC is not aligning with the current market direction. I believe other handheld making companies will soon begin introducing updated models of their portable computers equipped with the latest Copilot+PC compatible processors, whereas ZOTAC was intending to launch their product with the previous generation 8040 CPU.
Was hopeful for this to officially run Linux. Spydows 11? LOL an absolute no

Buying few things from Steam instead then to support Valve who stands with current times and Linux.
Cmdr_Iras Jun 4
This handheld sort of reminds me of some of the prototype Steamdecks, what with the button positioning and the trackpads.
CatKiller Jun 4
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Quote“We have made considerable efforts to raise the bar with our debut handheld, tailor-made with competitive features for all gamers.”

They have managed trackpads by the look of it, which is a significant upgrade over a lot of their competitors.
MayeulC Jun 4
I am not sure the trackpads will be comfortable to use in this location.

It's interesting that they didn't go with AMD's Z series chip. This handled will probably be more powerful and use more power, though I hope they took the opportunity to include more than one USB port.
Bwahaha, another. Lets watch them suffer.
ToddL Jun 4
This Zotac handheld is about as close as you can make it look like a Steam Deck but even then, it runs Windows 11 and cost $800. I'm glad I don't fall into the temptation of buying any of these newer devices since the Steam Deck still does a pretty good job of playing most of the games I'm interested in.
Quoting: nondetectIt appears that ZOTAC is not aligning with the current market direction. I believe other handheld making companies will soon begin introducing updated models of their portable computers equipped with the latest Copilot+PC compatible processors, whereas ZOTAC was intending to launch their product with the previous generation 8040 CPU.

Ah just what i needed... recall spyware on my handhelds.
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