AOKZOE A2 Ultra: An Intel Meteor Lake-Powered Handheld Gaming PC

Most of the handheld gaming PCs launched over the past few years have been powered by AMD’s Ryzen processors. But with Intel’s new Meteor Lake chips for mobile devices promising big gains in graphics performance, we’re starting to see companies opt for Intel chips in select models.

Earlier this year the MSI Claw became the first Meteor Lake-powered handheld to hit the streets. And now Chinese handheld maker AOKZOE is preparing to launch the AOKZOE A2 Ultra with Intel Core Ultra 5 125H and Core Ultra 7 155H processor options… for better or worse.

AOKZOE released some details about the upcoming handheld gaming PC in April, and now the company has revealed pricing for the Chinese market, where the AOKZOE A2 is expected to go on sale starting May 16, 2024.

We’re still waiting for international pricing details, but here are the configurations expected in China:

  • Core Ultra 5 125H/16GB/512GB for 4,999 CNY ($692)
  • Core Ultra 7 155H/32GB/1TB for 6,399 CNY ($885)
  • Core Ultra 7 155H/32GB/2TB for 7,199 CNY ($996)

Each model is expected to have a 7 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel display, LPDDR5x-7467 memory, and an M.2 2280 slot populated by a PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD. Other features include support for WiFi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4, two USB Type-C ports, a USB Type-A port, a 3.5mm audio jack and a microSD card reader.

The handheld’s game controllers include hall sensors for the analog sticks and triggers, and RGB lighting for the analog sticks.

AOKZOE A2 Ultra specs
Display7 inches
1920 x 1200 pixels
ProcessorIntel Core Ultra 7 155H
16 cores / 22 threads
6 P-cores, 8 E-cores, 2 LP E-cores
Up to 4.8 GHz
Intel Core Ultra 5 125H
14 cores / 18 threads
4 P-cores, 8 E-cores, 2 LP E-cores
Up to 4.5 GHz
GraphicsIntel Arc (Core Ultra 7 155H)
8 Xe cores
Up to 2.25 GHz
Intel Arc (Core Ultra 5 125H)
7 Xe cores
Up to 2.2 GHz
RAM16GB, 32GB or 64GB
Storage512GB, 1TB, or 2TB
PCIe 4.0
M.2 2280
Ports2 x USB Type-C
1 x USB Type-A
1 x 3.5mm audio
1 x microSD card reader
WirelessWiFi 7
BT 5.4
Battery12,600 mAh
Up to 3 hours gameplay
Weight666 grams
1.47 pounds

There are still some details that haven’t been announced yet. I haven’t seen anything explaining how fast those USB ports are (although I’d be surprised if there wasn’t at least one 40 Gbps USB-C port). And pricing and availability haven’t been announced yet.

But thanks we do know that the handheld has stereo speakers and a set of controllers that includes dual analog sticks with RGB backlighting and hall sensors, hall sensor triggers, a D-Pad, and action buttons.

The AOKZOE A2 Ultra joins the existing AOKZOE A2 in the company’s product family. That model, which launched late last year, has an AMD Ryzen 7 7840U processor and a similar design. Prices for that model started at $699 during crowdfunding for a configuration with a 7 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel IPS LCD display, 32GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. It currently sells for around $779 and up.

Whether the new model deserves the “Ultra” name remains to be seen. AOKZOE correctly notes that Intel’s new Core Ultra processors have upgraded integrated GPUs that offer up to twice the gaming performance of the company’s previous-gen mobile chips. But that still might not be good enough to compete with AMD’s latest mobile processors.

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