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Leaked price for base ASUS Rog Ally model draws mixed reactions

The ASUS ROG Ally will need to lower the price of its base model if it wants to give the Steam Deck a serious run for its money.

The new handheld from ASUS will be priced a bit higher than the Steam Deck.

The ASUS ROG Ally has been touted as a rival to Valve’s Steam Deck. But, as is always the case with these types of things, it all boils down to pricing. While a previous leak suggests that the top-spec ROG Ally is going to give the Steam Deck a lot of trouble, the price for the base variant isn't drawing as much praise.

The specs for the ASUS ROG Ally were recently leaked and fans are properly excited. However, the main issue is how much is ASUS going to charge gamers for this new handheld console.

Well, a new leak from SnoopyTech on Twitter reveals that the launch price for the base model ROG Ally will be $599.99. The base model is powered by an AMD Z1 chip and has 256GB NVMe M.2 internal SSD storage.

According to the leak, the high-end console powered by the AMD Z1 Extreme CPU will be priced at $699.99. For the extra $100, gamers will get an upgraded processor and double the internal storage. The ROG Ally reportedly has a maximum internal storage of 512GB.

While most of the specs for the Z1 and Z1 Extreme-powered ROG Ally are the same, getting a boost in processing power and storage makes the Extreme edition more appealing.

The biggest difference between the two variants comes down to the CPU. The Z1 reportedly has 6 cores and 12 threads with 22MB of cache. The Z1 extreme has a beefier 8 cores and 16 threads along with 24MB of cache. The addition of two cores and four threads will make a huge difference in performance in more demanding titles.

Having double the storage space means that gamers can store more titles on the handheld device. However, users can expand the storage space with the MicroSD slot.

The Z1 Extreme variant will cost $700.

Aside from the CPU and internal storage, the hardware specs for the two variants are virtually identical. Both variants will have 16GB of DDR5 memory and feature Dolby Atmos Surround Sound Technology. The console will have AMD Radeon Navi3 graphics and a 7-inch FHD display with a refresh rate of 120Hz.

The leaked prices for the Z1 and Z1 Extreme variants are within spitting distance of their Steam Deck counterparts. The 256GB Steam Deck has a price tag of $530 while the 512GB model costs $650. However, Valve does offer the entry-level 64GB variant for just $399.

ASUS claims that the ROG Ally has double the performance of the Steam Deck. The ROG Ally will run on Windows 11 and can run games on Steam, Xbox Game Pass, and the Epic Games launcher which makes it more appealing.

ASUS will be hosting a showcase for the ROG Ally on May 11th and will be streamed on Youtube.

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