ASUS ROG Ally handheld with Ryzen Z1 non-Extreme APU is now available at $599


ROG Ally now available with Ryzen Z1 non-Extreme processor

ASUS launches Ryzen Z1 based handheld.

Shortly after Steam announced a temporary price reduction for its Steam Deck consoles, ASUS is introducing more affordable versions of their ROG Ally handheld device. Although they unveiled this model with a smaller AMD Phoenix APU back in June, it was slated for release in late Q3. As of now, this launch has occurred, and the console is either shipping or available for pre-order, depending on the region and retailer.

The RC71L-Z1512 is powered by the Ryzen Z1 processor, featuring a 6-core Zen4/Zen4c APU and 4 RDNA3 compute units. This represents a significant reduction in GPU performance compared to the 8-core Zen4 and 12 CU RDNA3 Ryzen Z1 Extreme. However, it comes at a $100 lower price point. It’s worth noting that both consoles come with 512GB of storage, and there’s no word on the availability of 256GB or 1TB models at this time.


ASUS ROG Ally Z1, Source: ASUS

The ROG Ally consoles sport a 7-inch 120Hz display with a 1080p resolution. Since they are built on AMD hardware, they offer support for AMD FreeSync Premium, as well as FSR (FidelityFX) and RSR (Radeon) Super Resolution technologies. The platform is equipped with 16GB of LPDDR5-6400 memory, and it cannot be manually upgraded. ASUS is not currently offering higher memory options.

Similar to the Ryzen Z1 Extreme variant, the Z1 model also supports XG Mobile external GPU support. This proprietary connector can be used with ASUS-supplied external graphics, which are considerably more expensive than the console itself. However, it could be a viable choice for those in need of a robust docking solution to enhance the performance for high-resolution external monitors.

ASUS ROG Ally Z1, Source: ASUS

The console can now be bought from BestBuy and ASUS official store in the US. Gamers from other countries can easily find all participating retailers through this link.

Handheld Gaming Consoles
VideoCardz ASUS ROG Ally
Valve Steam Deck
Architecture AMD Zen4 & RDNA3 AMD Zen4 & RDNA3 AMD Zen2 & RDNA2
APU Ryzen Z1 Extreme
8C/16T up to 5.1 GHz
Ryzen Z1
6C/12T up to 4.9 GHz
AMD Van Gogh
4C/8T up to 3.5 GHz
12CU @ 2.7 GHz
4CU @ 2.5 GHz
8CU @ 1.6 GHz
SoC TDP 9-30W 9-30W 4-15W
External GPU ROG XG Mobile (up to RTX 4090) ROG XG Mobile (up to RTX 4090) Not officially
Memory Capacity 16GB LPDDR5-6400 16GB LPDDR5-6400 16GB LPDDR5-5500
Storage Capacity 512GB 512GB 256GB/512GB SSD
Storage Type M.2 NVMe 2230 SSD PCIe 4×4 M.2 NVMe 2230 SSD PCIe 4×4 M.2 NVMe 2230 SSD PCIe 3×4
eMMC PCIe Gen2x1
Display 7″ 1920×1080, 120Hz (VRR), 500 nits, 7ms 7″ 1920×1080, 120Hz (VRR), 500 nits, 7ms 7″ 1280×800, 60Hz
Connectivity Wi-Fi AX, BT 5.2 Wi-Fi AX, BT 5.2 Wi-Fi AC, BT 5
Battery 40 Whr, 4S1P, 4-cell Li-ion 40 Whr, 4S1P, 4-cell Li-ion 40 Whr
Weight 608g 608g 669g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 28.0 x 11.3 x 3.9 cm 28.0 x 11.3 x 3.9 cm 29.8 x 11.7 x 4.9 cm
OS Windows 11 Windows 11 Steam OS/Win 11
Retail Price $699/€799 (Z1E+16G+512GB) $599/€699  (Z1+16G+512GB)
$649/€679 (16G+512GB)
$529/€549 (16G+256GB)
$399/€419 (16G+64GB)
Release Date June 13th, 2023 September 18, 2023 February 2022

Source: ASUS