Asus PR told us it wouldn’t have pricing or availability for that model today, so it’s a bit surprising to see official confirmation!
Better yet, it looks like Asus isn’t skimping on storage, as it will come with a 512GB PCIe Gen 4 SSD for that price. (Leaked data suggested it would have a 256GB SSD.)
Considering Valve charges $650 for its 512GB Steam Deck with a state-of-the-art processor, that model starts to look like a good deal, especially if you’re not eager to replace the internal SSD of a $400 deck, but you are. would do. I strongly encourage you to wait for reviews of this second model.
Firstjust reviewed the $700 ROG Ally for the edgeand its problems have little to do with price/performance: they’re all about battery life and portability, and we have no indication that Asus will improve them simply by inserting a different chip with the same TDP. Second, no one outside of Asus has gotten around to testing the Vanilla Z1 model. (Even the Asus employees who answered my technical questions haven’t touched it yet.)
If you have any questions about the ROG Ally that I didn’t answer in my review, please leave them in the comments there! I spent 3,300 words on it, and still haven’t gotten all my findings into it.