ASUS ROG Ally? No, more like a ROG Ally X with minor additions

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A new console is on its way from ASUS, but it's only making some - admittedly interesting - adjustments to the original ROG Ally.

Today we have confirmation that ASUS is indeed planning to unveil a new handheld console just over a year after launching the ROG Ally, the first serious competitor to Valve's famous Steam Deck. This first competitor was well received by critics and gamers alike, but is still a long way from the success of Valve's machine. The latter benefits from more attractive pricing and the support of the Steam platform. What's more, Valve has subtly evolved its proposition with the Steam Deck OLED, which increases battery capacity and enhances the screen with a true OLED slab.

It's hardly surprising, then, to see ASUS follow suit without launching a full-fledged ROG Ally 2, which would doubtless have been seen as a slight betrayal of the entire community that put its trust in the first version. For the time being, however, we only have snippets of information about the one we're already calling ROG Ally X. In fact, ASUS is planning to make a more complete presentation and unveil the format of this ROG Ally X on June 2, ahead of the Computex trade show in Taipei, Taiwan.

ROG Ally X rumors © VideoCardz

The VideoCardz site has cleverly compiled everything we already know about this ROG Ally X in the table above, and taken the opportunity to compare its essential features with those of its main competitors: the basic ROG Ally, of course, but also the Steam Deck OLED, the MSI Claw and the Lenovo Legion Go. For this new version, ASUS doesn't seem to be changing the format of its machine, but we don't yet know the exact dimensions. On the other hand, there's talk of an all-black exterior to contrast with the white of the ROG Ally, the only console to be marketed in this way.

The ROG Ally X is not expected to change the onboard processor - still AMD's very powerful Z1 Extreme - and should also retain the 7-inch IPS panel in Full HD @ 120 Hz with 500 nits brightness and VRR technology. Sadly, no OLED on the horizon. On the other hand, ASUS confirms that the battery will be of greater capacity, without saying by how much. ASUS also indicates that the M.2 port for the SSD will no longer be limited to the tiny 30 mm long models: standard 80 mm models are compatible. However, ASUS does not specify the capacity of the standard model.

The manufacturer does, however, indicate that its ROG Ally X will feature twice as much RAM as the basic ROG Ally: not sure that 32 GB is absolutely essential on such a machine. We know it will be LPDDR5, but we don't know how fast it will run. ASUS has taken the opportunity to redesign the microSD slot to avoid overheating problems, and last but not least, ASUS has indicated that the selling price will be the same as that of the current ROG Ally, which should logically drop in price as long as stocks last.