ASUS’ New Step in Handheld Gaming: ROG Ally X with Extended Battery

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Key Takeaways

  • ASUS introduces the ROG Ally X, enhancing its handheld gaming series with improved battery life
  • The new ROG Ally X features user-friendly upgrades like interchangeable joystick modules and an expanded M.2 2280 SSD slot.
  • ASUS still faces stiff competition from established brands like Valve, Lenovo, and MSI.

ASUS has unveiled the latest addition to its handheld gaming lineup, the ROG Ally X, with a significant upgrade in battery life.

This comes as the company marks its first anniversary in the handheld gaming sector.

Before the May 9 live stream, when the ROG Ally X was officially announced, Asus teased a potential new variant of the ROG Ally device, as spotted in a post on X showcasing a black variant tucked away on a bookshelf.

The newly launched ROG Ally X will be available in a sleek black variant and substantially improve battery life. The device’s battery life is projected to increase by 30-40% compared to its predecessor, which may slightly increase the device’s weight.

The ROG Ally X also promises to be more user-friendly regarding repairs, featuring interchangeable joystick modules. The M.2 2280 SSD slot has been expanded, making it easier for users to upgrade the SSD storage capacity with third-party SSDs. An SD card reader remains a feature for those who prefer not to open their handheld.

The device will continue to use the AMD Z1 Extreme CPU and the same 7-inch LCD, which supports up to 1080p resolution and a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz.

Before this latest release, the original ROG Ally debuted in June with a Windows 11 operating system and was touted at the time as a competitor to Valve’s Steam Deck.

However, ASUS is not alone in the race to upgrade and remodel handheld gaming PC devices. Its competitors, including Valve, Lenovo, and MSI, have already introduced updates to their original portable gaming PCs.

While ASUS’ ROG Ally X has attracted much fanfare from the gaming community, we await follow-up reviews to determine whether the Taiwanese multinational computer and electronics manufacturer has what it takes to compete head-to-head with industry giants in the handheld gaming market.