UPDATE: Asus ROG confirmed in its launch occasion that an AMD Ryzen Z1 mannequin will likely be launching within the US in Q3 2023. The worth will likely be $599. This mannequin shouldn’t be but confirmed for areas outdoors of the US. We’ll replace this text with pricing and availability data for the UK, EU and extra ought to there be an extra Ryzen Z1 announcement.
The Asus ROG Ally is lastly right here, after a botched preliminary reveal. However, the launch is restricted to the AMD Ryzen Z1 Excessive model for now.
If you happen to’ve been following the ROG Ally saga with curiosity, you’ll know pricing has been a key level of rivalry, with many questioning the way it will stack up in opposition to the Steam Deck. You could have thought you can considerably keep away from these considerations by choosing up an entry-level mannequin of the Asus ROG Ally, perhaps that’d be one of the best bang in your buck? An affordable line of pondering.
Sadly, these within the UK and US received’t have the ability to get an Asus ROG Ally with the usual AMD Ryzen Z1 chip (particulars for EU availability are but to be confirmed). As an alternative, Asus’ new handheld is simply capable of be paired with the higher-end Ryzen Z1 Excessive. So it’s the highest choice or nothing for ROG Ally consumers on both aspect of the Atlantic.
That’s not fairly the top of it on the subject of ROG Ally availability both. Within the UK, the gadget will solely be obtainable at Currys and no different third-party retailer, limiting your choices for the place you decide it up. The ROG Ally with Z1 Excessive will likely be obtainable at Currys for £699. It should even be obtainable immediately from Asus ROG although. You’ll be able to pre-order the gadget on Asus ROG from as we speak and from Might sixteenth by way of Currys.
The on-sale date for each the UK and the US is June thirteenth. For US availability, the Ryzen Z1 Excessive ROG Ally will value $699 and is unique to Greatest Purchase. We might not know EU availability but however we do know the value, with the Ryzen Z1 Excessive mannequin costing €799.
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We don’t know the reasoning for this transfer, whether or not it’s extra strategic or a matter of part availability. Nonetheless, given a worth that many already discover tough to justify up in opposition to the bottom £349 and the £569 top-end mannequin nonetheless coming in decrease than the ROG Ally, the lower-priced Asus variant appears like an essential choice to have within the vary. Leaks (by way of SnoopyTech) have recommended the Ryzen Z1 mannequin will likely be round £100/$100 cheaper.
We’ll have to attend to check the eventual Ryzen Z1 Asus ROG Ally to offer our verdict on that mannequin’s efficiency nevertheless it’s price trying out our evaluate of the Z1 Excessive-sporting mannequin for some attention-grabbing insights on that model’s efficiency. For now, we’ll have to attend for an extra Asus announcement to see when the AMD Ryzen Z1 mannequin is coming and simply how a lot it is going to value.