Perhaps one of the most questionable marketing decisions involved the announcement of the ASUS ROG Ally on April Fool’s, leading to a huge number of people debating whether it was even real. However, worries about its authenticity were quickly resolved and the ASUS ROG Ally was given the green light to its release. However, what wasn’t given was a concrete release date – and as such, we’ll be making our predictions here.
ASUS ROG Ally: Summary
- ASUS confirmed the ROPG Ally will be released May 11th.
- Leaks have shown the ASUS ROG Ally priced at $699.99.
- ASUS ROG Ally pre order to come.
- A wide variety of features and long list of specs
- ASUS ROG Ally will be the Steam Deck’s main competitor
ASUS ROG Ally release date
ASUS has confirmed an official release date: May 11th 2023. Here they’ll be unveiling full details on the device’s specs, availability and pricing.
ASUS ROG Ally price prediction
Although the device is similar to the Steam Deck, it is very unlikely the ROG Ally will reach anywhere near the price of the Steam Deck considering Valve have the funds to lower the price of the Steam Deck thanks to their own reliable source of income via Steam. However, Twitter user wickedkhumz spotted the Best Buy product page before it was promptly removed.
With a screenshot, we have the potential pricing of the handheld. IN particular, the 7″ 120Hz model with the Z1 Extreme CPU, 16GB of LPDDR5, and a 512GB NVMe will come in at a price of $699.99. However, realistically the price should drop as it is currently too expensive to compete with the Steam Deck.
ASUS ROG Ally pre order
As of writing, you cannot pre-order, however, you can sign up for an email waiting list via Best Buy. Entering your email will mean you are instantly notified when the ROG Ally is available to pre-order.
ASUS ROG Ally specs
- 7″ 1080p 120Hz 7ms touch display with FreeSync
- Weight: 608g
- AMD Ryzen Z1 Series CPU
- RDNA 3 Graphics
- 512GB PCI Express 4.0 SSD
- 16GB RAM
- MicroSD slot for storage expansion
- Wi-Fi 6E
- Windows 11 operating system
- Haptic feedback
- Fingerprint sensor for unlocking
According to reports, the Asus ROG Ally scored 35,489 on Geekbench’s OpenCL benchmark, and features an AMD Ryzen z1 Extreme chip, 16 GB of LPDDR memory, and a modified version of the Ryzen 7 7840U. The listing also reveals that the Asus ROG Ally’s CPU boost clock is set at 5.0 Ghz, alongside its ability to run Windows 11. The console has an XG Mobile GPU connector, which would allow the use of ROG’s external GPU, which currently offers a mobile RTX 4090, and could better the performance of the console.
With a 7″ display, in a 16:9 ratio. It uses a 1920×1080 display and can reach 500-nit brightness. As well as being able to reach a 120 Hz refresh rate with a 5ms latency. And in terms of dimension, the ROG Ally comes in at 280 x 113 x 39 mm with a weight of 608 grams. So in fact smaller, thinner, and lighter than the Steam Deck. With the screen also being bigger, brighter, and faster.
Although it’s difficult to decide on much without pricing, healthy competition is always a good innovator between tech companies. And even if the Ally doesn’t sell well, it’ll keep Valve busy and paying attention to their own console – keeping it well kept-after.