Gaming laptop manufacturer AYA is expanding its product line. This month, the company plans to launch the thin and light AYA Neo Air with an OLED screen and a lower price than usual. Then the AYA Neo 2 with an AMD Ryzen 7 6800U processor and RDNA 2 graphics will arrive later this year.
The company is also teasing other upcoming products, including its first keyboard handheld. meet the AYA Neo Slide.
While pricing and availability have yet to be announced, here’s what we know about the AYA Neo Slide so far:
- It has an AMD Ryzen 7 6800U processor with Radeon 680M graphics
- The screen slides up to reveal a keyboard.
- The keyboard features RGB backlighting.
AYA says the slider is inspired by classic Windows handheld devices (like the OQO series and Sony Vaio UX), as well as mobile phones with slider mechanisms that hide keyboards or even game controllers.
A more recent comparison is probably the GPD Win 3, another gaming laptop with a slide-out screen and built-in keyboard (although sadly it’s a capacitive touch keyboard that’s not particularly responsive or easy to type on), but GPD and AYA are in the habit of of not directly mentioning each other by name.
During the press event where AYA presented the AYA Neo Slide, the company explained that it will be a premium device that falls into a fourth product category for AYA products, which now includes “mainline”, “NEXT”, “Air” and “Slide”. series devices.
If you are wondering how the lineup looks in terms of pricing, AYA Neo Air will be an entry level device while AYA Neo 2 and AYA Neo Slide are the flagships with higher performance and higher price tags.
AYA has also teased some other upcoming hardware and software announcements.
The company is developing a version of its AYA Space game launcher that can be used on non-AYA hardware. It will be called the AYA Space Lite, but there is no ETA yet on when it will be available.
And AYA is also planning to release new hardware in the future which is not designed for portable gaming, though it’s unclear if that means the company is working on desktop PCs, laptops, accessories, or something else.