Asus has been teasing its upcoming ROG Ally, and has just given fans another hint that the release date may be sooner than expected. Reports suggest that the ROG Ally’s custom SoC will be built around an AMD Ryzen 7 7840U APU with a Radeon 780M GPU, which provides DirectX 12 Ultimate support to help improve the Windows gaming experience. Asus has confirmed its selection of OS but has not released any further details on the custom SoC. The ROG Ally’s shipping manifest shows the use of model numbers RC71L and RC71X, which may indicate the possibility of at least two models.
The ROG Ally is expected to be a serious rival to the Steam Deck, with the need for serious handheld power to achieve the device’s 120Hz refresh rate behind its 7-inch panel. Additionally, there are rumors that it might house a Zen 4 CPU and an RDNA 3 GPU, making it a possible choice for serious gamers. Asus has a track record of fitting low TDP Ryzen HS-series processors into its mobile devices, so it is likely that we will see TDP improvements over the standard AMD Ryzen 7 7840U APU.
With little notes like the one spotted on Twitter, Asus keeps gamers on edge, and it is only a matter of time before the Steam Deck faces some competition from Asus’ ROG Ally. Stay tuned for more updates and confirmation of its launch date.