One netbook has been selling portable gaming PCs under the ONEXPLAYER brand for a few years now, but they tend to be expensive devices packed to the brim with quality hardware.
The company is coming ONEXFLY will be something else: a smaller, cheaper handheld computer for gaming.
One netbook hasn’t revealed many details about the ONEXFLY yet, but here’s what we know so far about the first model in the new line of handhelds:
- It will have a 6-inch screen with 1920 x 1080 pixels
- It is powered by an AMD Ryzen 5 7520U “Mendocino” processor
In comparison, most ONEXPLAYER handhelds released to date have 7-inch or 8.4-inch screens and Intel Core i7 or AMD Ryzen 7 processors designed to deliver high performance for both CPU and graphics. .
AMD’s recently announced Mendocino chips, meanwhile, are designed for budget computers, including laptops and Chromebooks, with prices starting at around $399.
The AMD Ryzen 5 7520U will be the most powerful Mendocino chip available at launch, but it still won’t deliver the kind of horsepower you’d expect from other current-generation Ryzen chips.
The chip is a 15-watt, 4-core, 8-thread processor with Zen 2 CPU cores and Radeon 610M graphics based on AMD’s RDNA 2 architecture. But while that’s AMD’s current graphics architecture, Mendocino chips only have 2 GPU cores (compared to 6 for the AMD Ryzen 5 6600U, for example, or 12 for the Ryzen 7 6800U).
Other current-generation AMD processors also have newer Zen 3, 3+, or 4 series CPU cores.
All this means that equipping a handheld computer with a Ryzen 5 7520U processor is certainly a good way to keep costs down. But it will also likely limit the computer’s ability to play newer AAA games.
Still, at the right price, the ONEXFLY can be a competitive device for streaming games from the cloud or a home computer or playing indie games or older titles that may be less demanding.
Find out what the right price is is can be difficult. Rival handheld gaming PC makers AYA and AYN have both announced plans to sell models with Mendocino chips starting at $300. And Valve’s Steam Deck retails for $399 and up and has a custom AMD processor with 4 Zen 2 CPU cores and 8 RDNA 2 cores.
So far, One Netbook has just started teasing the ONEXFLY on Chinese social media and has started recruiting beta testers. There is no word on if or when the ONEXFLY will launch globally.