ZOTAC is Entering Handheld Gaming Market with ‘ZONE’; Specs Leaked

ZOTAC, renowned for its graphics cards and Mini-PCs, is venturing into the handheld gaming market with the upcoming release of the ZONE handheld. An exclusive report from Videocardz has given us the spec sheet for the new Zotac ZONE.

Zotac ZONE specifications

According to the spec sheet, the ZONE handheld will be powered by an 8-core Ryzen 7 8840U processor. This confirms the device will feature the latest Hawk Point variant Ryzen APU, and not the Ryzen Z1 Extreme chip as speculated earlier by some media outlets.

The handheld will also include Radeon 780M integrated graphics with 12 RDNA3 Compute Units. The default power configuration is 15W, which can be boosted up to 28W.

Source: Videocardz

The ZONE will sport a 7-inch 120Hz AMOLED display with a maximum brightness of 800 nits and a 1080p resolution. This matches the ROG Ally in size, resolution, and refresh rate, but the AMOLED technology sets it apart.

The device will come equipped with 16GB of LPDDR5X memory, likely operating at 7500 MT/s, and will support M.2 2280 SSDs. By default, it includes 512GB of storage.

The battery capacity is 48.5 Wh, which ZOTAC estimates will provide approximately 1.25 hours of runtime—a drawback compared to competitors like the upcoming Ally X, which features an 80 Wh battery.

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

Zotac ZONE launch date

The demo unit, to be showcased at Computex next week, is not the final version, and while the precise weight hasn’t been disclosed, it is expected to be under 700 grams.

ZOTAC plans to launch the ZONE handheld next quarter but hasn’t specified an exact date. Pricing details are also under wraps, though it is expected to be on the higher end due to its premium AMOLED display. Information about the system user interface, a critical aspect of gaming handhelds, has not yet been revealed.

Zotac is the fourth major PC hardware brand to develop a handheld device following Asus, Lenovo and MSI. We also have Steam Deck and lesser-known Ayaneo handhelds in the market.

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