The next gaming handheld, please: With the Pocket S, Ayaneo promises an effective alternative for less demanding games – but is also stingy with details
The market for gaming handhelds continues to gather pace. In addition to well-known brands such as Valve, which recently launched a new version with the Steam Deck OLED, there is one provider in particular that offers a wide range of products: Ayaneo.
Founded in 2020, the company already has three high-priced models in its portfolio with the Air Plus, Geek and Ayaneo 2 – the Pocket S is set to be added in the near future, as the company explains in a showcase on YouTube.
However, Ayaneo doesn’t drop much technical data about the Pocket S in this video. Only the processor is specified: This is a Snapdragon G3x Gen 2, which is equipped as an eight-core with an Adreno A32 GPU.
(Qualcomm itself) promises a performance that should be sufficient for FHD+ resolution with up to 144 frames per second. In the Ayaneo video, the Pocket S with the running Honkai: Star Rail also shows itself to be quite fluid, but of course the clip cannot replace a real and objective benchmark.
Whether the new handheld from Ayaneo will be able to exploit the full Full HD resolution is just as unclear as possible refresh rates or the maximum brightness – we’ll have to be patient before the manufacturer comes up with any concrete information.
At least the company promises a “robust cooling system at X86 level”, which prevents the device from overheating in supposedly more demanding games. It is also clear from the processor that the Ayaneo Pocket S is equipped with Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.3 connectivity
The Ayaneo Pocket S is visually reminiscent of the Switch Lite from Nintendo. This is not least due to the fixed controllers on the side, including the standard buttons for operation.