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AYANEO Next Lite with a customized SteamOS-like HoloISO fully revealed

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AYANEO has now revealed the specifications and pricing for the Linux powered AYANEO Next Lite, which will be using the SteamOS-like HoloISO, although customized by AYANEO for the handheld.

Initially AYANEO announced it as using SteamOS, and later clarified to GamingOnLinux that it was actually HoloISO customized. I did ask what they've tweaked but they simply said "we've made some changes to adapt the NEXT LITE hardware and drivers, and I'm very sorry I can't tell you exactly at this time". So it's not a plain HoloISO install of course, they have done their own tweaks for their hardware.

Specifications:

  • Pre-installed HoloISO Linux .
  • 7" 800P IPS True Color Screen.
  • AMD Ryzen™ 5 4500U / AMD Ryzen™ 7 4800U.
  • 16GB LPDDR4x 4266Mhz RAM.
  • Colour options: Pastel Blue / Bright White / Jet Black.
  • "NEXT Grip" Ergonomic Grip.
  • Hall Sensing Big Joysticks + Hall Triggers.
  • Custom Dual-copper Pipe Cooling System.
  • X-axis Linear Motor + Six-axis Gyroscope.
  • 47Wh High-capacity Battery.
  • Two USB 3.2 type C + One USB 3.2 type C (data only) + headphones jack.
  • Weight: 720g.
  • WiFi 6 / Bluetooth 5.2.

No date is actually being announced for release just yet, AYANEO simply told me "It will be officially available at the AYANEO online store in the near future" and that they "will offer exclusive early bird pricing for the first 100 customers, who can get the AMD 4500U version with 16G RAM and 512G stroage [sic] for just $299 with free shipping". For now, you can simply subscribe to their newsletter on the official page to get notified when it becomes available.

Main pricing will be $299 for the Ryzen 5 4500U with a 128GB SSD, $349 with a 512GB SSD and $399 for the model with an AMD Rzen 7 4800U. You'll be able to upgrade the storage as they say it supported up to 8TB with M.2 2280 PCIe 3.0 models.

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What do you think to the specifications, pricing and their use of the SteamOS-like HoloISO?

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dpanter Jan 12
I don't think this is what Valve intended but it's what we got now.
Is it a good thing? Much like getting buried in a glass casket, remains to be seen.
soulsource Jan 12
Touchpad where?
Eri Jan 12
Vega APU + 512Gb for the same price as the 256Gb Deck Oled? You have to hate SD's size/form to buy this one instead. As a software seller, no one will ever offer a balance in performance per dollar like Valve does.

What is weird is the HoloISO, why use it instead of contacting Valve?
Eike Jan 12
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Quoting: soulsourceTouchpad where?

:P

wytrabbit Jan 12
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Quoting: EriWhat is weird is the HoloISO, why use it instead of contacting Valve?

I'm going to take a wild guess and say it's because they want to add their own tweaks in their own way, and that Valve/SteamOS is just not ready for it in that way.
Eike Jan 12
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Quoting: soulsourceTouchpad where?

:P


Ouch, maybe it's rather here?!?

So they do have touchpads, but decided not to include them for their SteamOS device (for pricing reasons I guess).

Yeah, it's hard to compete against Valve, who can sell games for the devices for their profit.


Last edited by Eike on 12 January 2024 at 1:31 pm UTC
hardpenguin Jan 12
Quoting: soulsourceTouchpad where?
Came to post this haha
hardpenguin Jan 12
Quoting: EikeOuch, maybe it's rather here?!?

So they do have touchpads, but decided not to include them for their SteamOS device (for pricing reasons I guess).
Okay that is pretty weird for them to not do them in the Linux/SteamOS/HoloISO version.

Also, can we finally get touchpad-based alternatives to standalone Steam Controller, please?
HoloISO or pure SteamOS, Steam gamestore will be used either way and Valve profits (helping in their future Linux endeavours further)
Eike Jan 12
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Quoting: hardpenguin
Quoting: EikeOuch, maybe it's rather here?!?

So they do have touchpads, but decided not to include them for their SteamOS device (for pricing reasons I guess).
Okay that is pretty weird for them to not do them in the Linux/SteamOS/HoloISO version.

Also, can we finally get touchpad-based alternatives to standalone Steam Controller, please?

They needed to be cheaper or better than Steam Deck. They went for cheaper. That's ok in my book. There's people not using the trackpads on Steam Deck either.
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