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ASUS ROG Ally X release date prediction, specs, and price estimate

Everything there is to know so far about the new and improved Ally
Last Updated on May 17, 2024
ASUS ROG Ally X release date, specs, price
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Following news that a new ROG Ally is on the way, we’ve gathered everything we know about the device to bring you the very latest ASUS ROG Ally X release date, specs, and price news. Yes, it has been confirmed to be called the ROG Ally X and will be a refreshed version of the 2023 model. ASUS has been careful not to refer to it as the ‘Ally 2’, instead placing it somewhere between a sequel and a minor upgrade.

There isn’t much longer to go until the refreshed model gets a full announcement. ASUS has already teased what’s to come and further details are now apparent from outside sources. The Ally X looks to make amends to some of the original’s downfalls which are apparent when pitting it against the likes of the popular Steam Deck.

ASUS ROG Ally X release date window predicted

The next date to look forward to for the new and improved ROG Ally is June 2nd, as this is when ASUS will be running a livestream on YouTube and Twitch with a ‘special announcement’ – as revealed in this official post on X. Not too many people were impressed with what is essentially an announcement of an announcement considering that they first teased it in this YouTube video, which was expected to be the big reveal itself.

As for when the device itself will release, there is no concrete date. The original device launched worldwide on June 13th, 2023 – and with ASUS being very vocal about celebrating its birthday on social media, maybe this is a date they’re again targeting. However, for a more modest prediction, we expect to see it widely available sometime in late Q2 or early Q3 2024.

ASUS ROG Ally X specs we know so far

ProcessorAMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme
Display1920 x 1080, 7″ screen, LCD, 48Hz – 120Hz variable refresh rate
Storage1TB M.2 2280 SSD
RAMMore than 16GB RAM, 24GB LPDDR5X rumored
Battery lifeUp to 8 hours rumored
ASUS ROG Ally X specs table

Many specifications are staying the same as the original. You should be careful not to call this new device a sequel – it’s more of a refresh with some improvements. ASUS notes that the Ally X is designed for enthusiasts that want a little bit extra from their gaming PC handheld. It features the same Ryzen APU and very same 7-inch screen, though RAM will be increased beyond 16GB – 24GB LPDDR5X is expected according to this leak.

Some of the most notable changes are to the battery, which will be larger than before. According to The Verge, ASUS representative Shawn Yen revealed to them that the ‘substantially larger battery pack’ will offer more than 40% higher capacity, though benchmarks on battery life are yet to be seen. Even still, a rumor from MysteryLupin suggests up to 8 hours of use. It will also be coming in a new black shell as spotted in this post from ASUS which fuelled rumors.

The specs improvements will also reportedly result in a heavier device, though we’re not sure of how much by. An important and much-requested change is that the SD card slot will be changing location, moving it away from the heatsink amid reports that many SD cards are overheating and potentially causing damage.

Potential image of the new ROG Ally X (source: ASUS)
Potential image of the new ROG Ally X (source: ASUS)

What will the ASUS ROG Ally X price be?

The official pricing of the ASUS ROG Ally X isn’t yet known, but we do know that the MSRP will be ‘higher than $699’ according to VideoCardz. To add onto that, a recent Ally X price leak suggests that it will be launching at $799. So, at the very least it will certainly be more expensive than what the original Z1 Extreme model launched at ($699). This makes sense given the improvements that target the more enthusiast niche.

Given that we’ve seen some incredible price drops as of late for the 2023 models, (Z1 Extreme and Z1), there is going to be a sizeable gap between the original and the refresh. This does leave us questioning the higher cost, especially as we aren’t looking at a sequel-worthy overhaul with an OLED screen, for example.

Can I customize the ROG Ally X?

According to The Verge, this new model should be more repairable. That means a redesign to the joystick modules that will be easier to interchange and upgrade. ASUS has already said that the revision addresses details such as the grips, D-Pad, joysticks, and triggers. And with easier parts swapping expected, this opens up the world of customization which would make a lot of sense for handheld enthusiasts.

When will ASUS announce the new ROG Ally?

We already know that ASUS is announcing the new ROG Ally X on June 2nd, 2024. This comes just ahead of Computex this year and may even act as the launch for the device, as Business Standard speculate. We’re not confident enough to say that it will be released there and then, but it is the earliest you can expect it to come out.

At PC Guide, Jack is mostly responsible for reporting on hardware deals. He also specializes in monitors, TVs, and headsets and can be found putting his findings together in a review or best-of guide.