AYANEO is back with another new handheld gaming device called the KUN and it’s prepared to take on competitors by storm. AYANEO of course is no stranger to the handheld gaming market as it’s hardly a newcomer. It was putting out handheld gaming PCs before the Steam Deck arrived.
It does also however seem to launch more devices in this space than anyone else. And the KUN is the latest offering. On paper, the KUN seems like it’ll provide gamers with what might be the most powerful experience AYANEO has offered so far. For starters it boasts an 8.4-inch 1600p HD display. That’s 1.4-inches more screen space than you’re going to get with both the Steam Deck and the ROG Ally. Which are AYANEO’s two biggest competitors.
It’s also powered by an AMD Ryzen 7 7840U flagship processor with support for 54W TDP. Plus it’s packing a 75Wh battery and our personal favorite, Hall Sensing joysticks and Hall triggers. Which means no stick drift. It’s certainly going to be one of the more powerful handhelds.
The AYANEO KUN handheld is powerful and costly
AYANEO may very well have a winner on its hands here. But that shouldn’t be surprising given all the nice specs. All that comes at a cost of course.
That being said, AYANEO is also targeting a very different consumer. At a base price of $1,209, it sits far above the options from Valve and ASUS in terms of cost. And that’s just the base model that comes with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. If you want double the RAM and double the storage the price goes up to $1,319. And it goes all the way up to $1,949 for the 64GB + 4TB model.
But this isn’t supposed to win over the people looking for something like a base model Steam Deck at a price of $399. This is a device for those who want top notch performance and gameplay experiences in a handheld and are willing to pay for it. For additional features, the KUN is pretty jampacked. It’s got a floating eight-directional d-pad, four mappable back buttons (which are new), two large touch pads, and dual stereo speakers. There’s a lot to like.
So while not inexpensive by any means, the KUN is poised to be a great way to play games on the go. AYANEO says the KUN will go up for crowdfunding on Indiegogo on September 5.