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Hold off on buying the ASUS ROG Ally as prices expected to drop with Ally X release

The release of the ASUS ROG Ally X could see the price of the ASUS ROG Ally drop drastically
Last Updated on May 23, 2024
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If you’re in the market for a new handheld gaming PC, I’m sure the ASUS ROG Ally has crossed your mind. Being one of the best-performing handheld PCs out there, it will remain a popular option with gamers for years to come. However, with the release of the new ASUS ROG Ally X on the horizon, this could be the worst time to be purchasing an ASUS ROG Ally and we highly advise that you hold off a few more weeks.

There’s no official date confirmed, but the ASUS ROG Ally X is set to be released over the coming months, this means that the price of the ASUS ROG Ally is expected to drop significantly. The speculated updates of the Ally X are certainly impressive, and if they’re true, it might mean that it’s time to trade in your ASUS ROG Ally for the newer model. However, if you’re more concerned with saving some money on a popular product, like the ASUS ROG Ally, then waiting for sales to pop up may just be the option for you.

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What does the ASUS ROG Ally X have to offer?

The ASUS ROG Ally X is on its way, with the company set to formally announce the product on June 2nd, just before the Computex event. It is also speculated, that the Ally X will follow in the footsteps of its predecessor by being released soon after its announcement at Computex. From what we’ve heard, it sounds as though the Ally X is set to improve upon the features of the non-X variant but not provide a full redesign. This means that ASUS will be addressing key factors like RAM and battery life.

A leaker named MysteryLupin has addressed the potential increase in battery life, implying that there will be a significant increase between the two products. The ASUS ROG Ally X is expected to come with 8 hours of battery life, a sizable difference of 40% from the current non-X variant. This factor on its own is enough to expect Ally X to become the more popular of the two products, and therefore potentially have an effect on the price of the ASUS ROG Ally. We’ve covered the rumored increased battery life of the Ally X in its entirety, here.

On top of this, MysteryLupin has also leaked information about the memory size of the Ally X, speculating a marked improvement on its predecessor. The ASUS ROG Ally X is expected to ship with 24GB of LPDDR5X memory, a definite improvement on previous versions of the product. In addition to this, ASUS has confirmed that there will be RAM and storage upgrades but has not confirmed what those upgrades will be. If you add a redesign of the buttons and joysticks to the potential upgrades mentioned above you have quite an improved product. Which will be reflected in the price.

Will ASUS ROG Ally prices drop when the Ally X is released?

It’s speculated that the Ally X will launch at around $800, $100 over the original price of the ASUS ROG Ally. We cover this fully in our ASUS ROG Ally X price rumors guide. However, the price of the ASUS ROG Ally is constantly fluctuating and has seen plenty of sales since its release. Depending on the retailer, a sale could be offering you $600-$100 off its list price. These sales pop up every few weeks, so if you’re looking for a new handheld gaming PC then waiting for a sale is definitely advised.

Waiting to see how the prices of the ASUS ROG Ally react to the release of the Ally X is your best option. We suspect that the original model will be drastically marked down as the Ally X becomes the the newest addition to this series. With the introduction of the newer Ally X variant sales of the ROG Ally are expected to drop and therefore the prices will drop with them. This is why purchasing an ASUS ROG Ally at this time could potentially allow you to miss out on dropped prices in the near future.

On top of this, ASUS is not fearful of a drastic sale, therefore we could see the ASUS ROG Ally drop to extremely low prices. We’ve seen these types of aggressive sales in recent times, for example, the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 dropping from $1,600 to $1,000 in March 2023. This type of price drop is a good indicator that ASUS would not shy away when considering sale prices.


If you’re set on purchasing the original model, right now is by far the worst time to buy. Confirmed details on the ASUS ROG Ally X will be out on June 2nd. After finding out more about the specific details of this product, it will be easier to weigh up which variant is for you, whilst considering potential price drops from the original model.

The upgrades of the ASUS ROG Ally X are certainly expected to be impressive, however, you may be more impressed by the price drop of the ASUS ROG Ally. This is why we highly suggest that you wait it out. Have another look at ASUS ROG Ally prices once the ASUS ROG Ally X is released and you may be pleasantly surprised.

Eve is a writer and copy editor at PC Guide, who focuses on a broad range of topics but main interest lies in the development of AI technology.