Ayaneo KUN is a chonky new Steam Deck rival with four times the battery

Ayaneo KUN handheld with grey backdrop
(Image credit: Ayaneo)

Ayaneo knows a thing or two about premium handheld gaming PCs, but specs for the Ayaneo KUN suggest it’ll be a monstrous Steam Deck rival. Not only will it boast a large 8.4-inch QHD screen and high spec AMD Ryzen Phoenix APU, but its battery is set to be four times the size. That’s probably a good thing too, as it sounds like the portable’s punchy specs will need every drop of juice they can get.

You could say Ayaneo makes some of the best gaming handheld options out there, especially if money isn’t a concern. While I wouldn’t expect a casual player to drop over a grand on either the upcoming Ayaneo KUN, or the already available Ayaneo 2S, doing so will enable you to boost fps on the go to lofty new heights. Not to mention you’ll benefit from a bunch of very fancy features afforded to handhelds at this price point, like hall effect joysticks and higher resolution displays. 

In a live stream, Ayaneo CEO Arthur Zhang reveals Ayaneo KUN specs and provides a closer look at the company’s portable powerhouse. As mentioned above, the handheld will come armed with a 8.4-inch 2.5K IPS display and AMD Ryzen 7 7840U ‘Phoenix’ APU, accompanied by an extremely chonky 75Wh 19500mAh battery. The latter capacity works out at almost four times larger than the Steam Deck (3.6x to be exact), and it puts the Asus ROG Ally under the table too.

The Ayaneo KUN’s high resolution screen and beefy battery naturally aren’t its only premium features, and there’s a reason Zhang dubs it a “high-end masterpiece." The front of the handheld is furnished with dual ‘Infinity Sense’ touchpads and a floating disc D-pad, while harbouring a brand new ‘KUNPeng’ heat dispersion system within.

We’re still waiting for full Ayaneo KUN specs, and we suspect they’ll be paired with a premium price tag. Again, while the company’s handhelds are all technically Steam Deck rivals, price prevents them from being true competitors. I guess you could pit the ultra premium portable against the likes of the Asus ROG Ally, but I’d argue the best gaming laptops are a more suitable challenger. 

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Ayaneo KUN specs
Screen8.4-inch 2.5K IPS
Battery75Wh (19500mAh)
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 7 7840U APU
Operating systemWindows 11
Features Hall effect joysticks, dual touchpads, four back buttons, floating D-pad, Ayaneo Hyper Sound stereo speakers

It’s still early days for the chonky new handheld, but we’ll keep you posted when Ayaneo KUN release date and price details emerge. I’m also currently testing the company’s other premium portable, the Ayaneo 2S, so watch this space for impressions and benchmarks. It comes in at $1,299, but its eye watering price is paired with exceptional specs and performance.

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Phil Hayton
Hardware Editor

I’ve been messing around with PCs, video game consoles, and tech since before I could speak. Don’t get me wrong, I kickstarted my relationship with technology by jamming a Hot Wheels double-decker bus into my parent’s VCR, but we all have to start somewhere. I even somehow managed to become a walking, talking buyer’s guide at my teenage supermarket job, which helped me accept my career fate. So, rather than try to realise my musician dreams, or see out my University degree, I started running my own retro pop culture site and writing about video games and tech for the likes of TechRadar, The Daily Star, and the BBC before eventually ending up with a job covering graphics card shenanigans at PCGamesN. Now, I’m your friendly neighbourhood Hardware Editor at GamesRadar, and it’s my job to make sure you can kick butt in all your favourite games using the best gaming hardware, whether you’re a sucker for handhelds like the Steam Deck and Nintendo Switch or a hardcore gaming PC enthusiast.