One Netbook has been selling handheld gaming PCs under the ONEXPLAYER brand for a number of years, but they tend to be expensive devices crammed with high-end hardware.
The company is at the door ONEXFLY will be something different: a smaller, cheaper handheld computer for gaming.
One Netbook hasn’t revealed many details about the ONEXFLY just yet, but here’s what we know so far about the first model in the new range of handhelds:
- It will have a 6-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels
- It is powered by an AMD Ryzen 5 7520U “Mendocino” processor
In comparison, most of the ONEXPLAYER handhelds released so far have 7-inch or 8.4-inch displays and Intel Core i7 or AMD Ryzen 7 processors, which offer high performance for both CPU and graphics.
AMD’s recently announced Mendocino chips, meanwhile, are designed for budget computers like laptops and Chromebooks, 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 performance you’d expect from other current-gen 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 this is AMD’s current-gen graphics architecture, Mendocino chips only have 2 GPU cores (compared to, say, 6 on the AMD Ryzen 5 6600U or 12 on the Ryzen 7 6800U).
Other current-gen AMD processors also have newer Zen 3, 3+, or 4-series CPU cores.
All in all, outfitting 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 some newer AAA games.
Still, for the right price point, the ONEXFLY could be a competitive device for streaming games from the cloud or a home computer, or playing indie games or legacy titles that might be less demanding.
Find out what the right price is is but could be tricky. Rival handheld gaming PC makers AYA and AYN have both announced plans to sell models with Mendocino chips starting at under $300. And Valve’s Steam Deck starts at $399 and features a custom AMD processor with 4 Zen 2 CPU cores and 8 RDNA 2 cores.
So far, One Netbook has just started teasing ONEXFLY on Chinese social media and recruiting beta testers. There is no word on if or when ONEXFLY will launch globally.
This article was first published on September 22, 2022 and was last updated on October 5 with additional images and a promo video.