ASUS ROG Ally X launching soon with Larger Storage, Battery and Improved Design

Asus ROG Ally was received well (barring a few issues) and proved a solid competitor in the handheld PC market. After a year of its original release of ROG Ally, Asus has announced an upgrade – the ROG Ally X.

What remains the same?

It will powered by the same AMD Ryzen Z1 APU series, specifically the top-of-the-line Ryzen Z1 Extreme variant. This 8-core, 16-thread processor has clock speeds of up to 5.1 GHz, 12 RDNA 3 compute units, and 24 MB of cache.

AMD Ryzen Z1
AMD Ryzen Z1 and Z1 Extreme Benchmark

It will feature the same 7-inch FHD display in the ROG Ally X, with a refresh rate of up to 120Hz and a peak brightness of 500 nits.

It is surprising to see that they are not releasing an OLED version since they are keeping the same APU under the hood.

In terms of design, the ROG Ally X will maintain a similar chassis size and layout as the original model.

What’s new in Asus ROG Ally X?


Significant upgrades in the ROG Ally X lie in its battery. ASUS listened to user feedback and addressed the limited playtime of the original model. The ROG Ally X will have a 30-40% larger battery capacity, translating to a substantial increase in gaming time.

Another major improvement comes in the storage department. The ROG Ally X ditches the M.2 2230 slot of its predecessor in favor of a more versatile M.2 2280 slot. This enables users to install a wider range of NVMe M.2 SSDs, including drives with capacities ranging from 4TB to a staggering 8TB.

Furthermore, the ROG Ally X receives a memory upgrade, sporting LPDDR5X-7500 memory. This faster memory provides a slight performance boost compared to the original model, ensuring smooth system operation and potentially improved in-game loading times.

Fixing the heating SDcard issue

Addressing a major pain point from the previous model, ASUS has relocated the SD card slot in the ROG Ally X. This eliminates the overheating issue that plagued some users in the original ROG Ally. The new positioning ensures the reliable operation of microSD cards, allowing players to expand their storage capacity with ease.

Asus ROG Ally SDCard heating issue
Source: TechPowerup

The company has teased additional physical changes, although details remain under wraps. These refinements likely focus on ergonomics and user comfort, potentially improving the grip and button layout for a more enjoyable gaming experience.

Availability and Pricing

ASUS has yet to reveal the official pricing for the ROG Ally X. However, considering the significant upgrades in battery life, storage, and memory, it’s safe to assume a slight increase compared to the $699 price tag of the original ROG Ally Z1 Extreme variant.

The official launch is scheduled for June 2nd, 2024, during a pre-Computex 2024 event. This unveiling will likely shed more light on the final pricing details and delve deeper into the additional physical changes implemented in the ROG Ally X.

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