Asus ROG Ally: First Impressions of the Highly Anticipated Hand-Held Gaming Console in India

Introduction: Asus India is all set to launch its much-anticipated hand-held gaming console, the ROG Ally, in the Indian market. The flash sale for the device is scheduled on Flipkart for July 7, 2023, followed by availability through multiple sales channels from July 12. The ROG Ally will be available at major Asus ROG stores across the country, allowing interested buyers to experience and purchase the device in-store.

Design and First Impressions: The ROG Ally boasts a distinctive design with a textured white exterior, making it visually appealing and attention-grabbing. While the initial impression may be that the device looks boxy with sharp edges, spending time with it reveals the thoughtfulness behind these design choices. Although more time is needed to fully explore the device’s functionality and button assignments, the overall design seems promising.

Specifications and Pricing: Asus has already shared detailed specifications and pricing for the ROG Ally in India. The device, equipped with Ryzen Z1 Extreme, is priced at Rs. 69,990. The flash sale on Flipkart begins on July 7, with wider availability on other online platforms and offline stores starting from July 12, 2023.

Specifications ROG Ally
CPU AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme CPU with “Zen4” architecture, 8-core, 16-threads, up to 5.10 GHz boost
GPU AMD Radeon RDNA 3 Graphics with 12 CUs, up to 2.7 GHz Clock Speed
Display 7-inch FHD (1920×1080 pixels) with 16:9 aspect ratio, 120Hz refresh rate, 7ms response time and 500nits peak brightness with support for AMD FreeSync Premium.
RAM and Storage 16GB LPDDR5 RAM with 512GB PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 SSD
I/O Ports 1x 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack
1x ROG XG Mobile Interface and USB Type-C combo port (with USB 3.2 Gen2, support DisplayPort 1.4)
1x card reader (microSD) (UHS-II)2-speaker system with Smart Amplifier Technology
Network Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax) (Triple band) 2*2 and Bluetooth 5.2 Protocol
Battery 40WHrs, 4-cell Lithium-Ion battery with 65W AC Adapter for charging
Audio Built-in array microphone, Built-in array microphone, Dolby Atmos, Hi-Res Audio certification, and AI noise-cancelling technology
Control and Input A B X Y buttons, D-pad, L & R Hall Effect analog triggers, L & R bumpers, View button, Menu button, Command Center button, Armoury Crate button, 2 x assignable grip buttons, 2 x full-size analog sticks, HD haptics and 6-Axis IMU.
Operating System Windows 11 Home
Security Built-in Fingerprint Sensor in the power button and Microsoft Pluton security processor

International Warranty and Upgradability: Asus India has clarified that all ROG Ally devices sold in the country, regardless of the source, will receive international warranty coverage. This means even devices imported through the grey market or purchased before the official launch will be supported. It’s important to note that attempting to upgrade the SSD on the ROG Ally by oneself will void the warranty, so any upgrades should be done through the official Asus service center.

Final Thoughts and Expectations: The ROG Ally is poised to be one of the most exciting devices of 2023. Although the reviewer had limited time with the device, the initial impressions suggest a promising performance. The combination of impressive specifications, international warranty support, and an attention-grabbing design hints at a potential catalyst for a more accessible and affordable gaming experience in India. A comprehensive review, including benchmark tests and gaming performance, will be published next week to provide a more in-depth analysis of the ROG Ally.

Conclusion: Asus India is gearing up to launch the highly anticipated ROG Ally hand-held gaming console in the Indian market. The device’s design, initial impressions, specifications, pricing, international warranty support, and upgradability have all been highlighted. Gamers across India eagerly await the full review, which will delve into the device’s performance and determine its potential impact on the hand-held console market.

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