There’s another portable gaming PC on the way. The upcoming AOKZOE A1 laptop is powered by an AMD Ryzen 7 6800U processor with Radeon 680M graphics based on AMD’s RDNA 2 architecture. It runs Windows 11 software, though it should also support the Linux-based Steam OS. And it features what appears to be a rather large screen surrounded by game controllers.
But who exactly is AOKZOE? It appears to be a sub-brand of a Chinese company One Netbook, which has been making portable PCs for the last few years.
According to a press release, AOKZOE started an independent group before partnering with One Netbook, which is responsible for manufacturing the hardware, while AOKZOE handles “market development and product design. But Shenzhen One Netbook Technology Co, Ltd. applied for a trademark for the AOKZOE brand, suggesting that they are basically the same company.
It’s not clear why the company, which already sells a number of portable gaming PCs with Intel or AMD processor options, needs another brand to sell systems. While One Netbook confirmed it It is working on notebooks with AMD’s new Ryzen 7 6800U processor, I don’t think the company ever said it would be sold under the usual ONEPLAYER branding.
The companies have yet to reveal pricing information for the laptop, but according to a spec sheet, it will feature an 8-inch IPS LCD display, 1920 x 1200 pixels, 8-core, 16-thread AMD processor with 12-core RDNA 2 GPU .
AOKZOE also hinted that the system will be able to run at either 15 or 28 watts TDPs, meaning users should be able to configure power levels to prioritize battery life or performance depending on their needs.
The notebook will be available with 16 GB or 32 GB of LPDDR5X-6400 RAM and has an M.2 2280 slot for a PCIe SSD.
There will be two versions of AOKZOE A1: Standard and Ultimate. But the only real difference seems to be that the standard edition of the AOKZOE weighs 689 grams and comes with a 48 Wh battery, while the Ultimate version weighs 729 grams and has a 65 Wh battery.
Both models measure 285 x 125 x 21 mm, support 100W fast charging (allowing you to fully charge the battery in 1.5 hours), and feature microSD card readers, stereo speakers, support for WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 and support for optional docking station and/or keyboard accessories.
There’s also a kickstand built into the back of the device, allowing you to easily place it on a flat surface.
There are RGB lighting effects built into the laptop’s design, and AOKZOE says the screen supports up to 380 nits brightness and 100% sRGB color gamut. In addition to the built-in game controllers, there’s a gyroscope for motion controls and a vibration motor for haptic feedback.
Update: YouTuber ETA Prime has an early video that provides some real-world usage notes for the AOKZOE A1. Performance looks good. The D-Pad, not so much.
AOKZOE says the handheld is expected to be pre-ordered in July 2022 via a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, and the AOKZOE A1 is expected to start shipping in September. It will join an increasingly crowded portable gaming PC market, where it faces competition from Valve, GPD, AYA, AYN, Anbernic and other companies.
via AOKZOE (YouTube), /r/SBCGaming, TechPowerUp and @carygolomb
This article was first published on June 24, 2022 and most recently updated on July 2, 2022.