ASUS ROG Ally Review

The ASUS ROG Ally X is an “Improved” Version Before The ROG Ally 2

ASUS has shared new details on the new-but-no-so-new ROG Ally X which the company is currently developing. ASUS says the new ROG Ally isn’t being seen as the second hardware revision. Instead, it has been developed as an “improvement” over the current model.

There are a few things we know about the ROG Ally X. First off, ASUS has seemingly designed this model with a black shell instead of the current white exterior on the existing model. The unit will still include the AMD Z1 Extreme chipset and the same 7-inch 48-120Hz VRR display.

The new black-coloured device will offer some improvements across the board outside of the display and performance. For example, ASUS says the ROG Ally X includes a substantial battery life improvement thanks to the larger-capacity cell packed into the device.

ASUS says the company is not looking at a simple 30-40% improvement in the battery capacity. Instead, it is looking at “way more than that”. Of course, the company didn’t provide any specifics on the specs of the ASUS ROG Ally X.

Users can likely expect over double the battery life by the sound of things. Given that the unit can run for around 3 hours on the lowest power mode, I would suspect this to be doubled. This means you can likely get 3 hours out of the device when using Turbo Mode.

ASUS says the battery in the ASUS ROG Ally has been the most criticised feature. This is quite common across all these PC gaming handheld devices, to be honest. During my teardown, I did notice that the ROG Ally had quite a lot of room for a bigger battery so it was only a matter of time.

ASUS has also teased that the ROG Ally X will include more RAM and a larger M.2 slot. This means upgrading the storage of the unit won’t rely on the current (and limited availability) M.2 2230 SSDs. The company says the ROG Ally X will also be much more repairable when it comes to its joysticks. ASUS claims these modular joysticks will let users upgrade and change joysticks with ease.

Of course, this means the ASUS ROG Ally X will be a beefier and heavier device with a much higher price tag. ASUS says the company will formally announce the ROG Ally X on 2 June.

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