Ayaneo recently announced the Ainu 2s, an update on previous PC gaming laptops, while live. And now the Chinese company has launched its mobile devices for the first time through crowdfunding, and is looking to fully fund its production.
the Ayaneo 2S Indiegogo Campaign It has already earned $320,460 from its initial target of $6,640, which puts it almost 5,000% above its target. According to previously released information, the mobile device uses an AMD Ryzen 7840U chip, as does the Asus ROG Ally Z1 Extreme CPU.
But what’s new is another model that’s part of the same crowdfunding campaign, the Ayaneo Geek 1S. This device has a 7-inch IPS LCD screen of 1280 x 800 pixels, either 16GB or 32GB of RAM, and 512GB or 2TB of storage. And the 2S version has a 1920 x 1200 pixel screen, 16GB to 64GB of RAM, 512GB to 4TB of storage, better controls, superior motion controls, and more.
Both versions have exclusive crowdfunding price tags: the Ayaneo Geek 1S is currently $700 while the Ayaneo 2S is $949. Once both models hit retailers, depending on the configuration you select (and there are plenty of options), the highest MSRP for the 2S will be $1,999 while the Geek 1S will come in at $1,299.
Ayaneo needs to reconsider pricing
While the specifications of the Ayaneo 2S look amazing and the fact that you can configure it in so many ways is very appealing, the pricing is a huge issue. It was also an issue with the Asus ROG Ally before the official price was confirmed to be under $800.
But as I indicated beforeGamers simply won’t buy any game console that they deem too expensive and this has been shown time and time again in the past to be true. Add to that the cost of living crisis Negatively affect laptop and PC salesAnd you have a recipe for disaster if mobile gaming gets too expensive.
And that’s exactly the problem here: most configurations are very expensive, more so than many budget gaming laptops and laptops. Even the exclusive crowdfunding prices are rather high. If Ayaneo is to be competitive with ROG Ally, Steam Deck, and Nintendo Switch, it needs to rethink its current pricing model.
Because it’s guaranteed to seriously hurt sales, which is a shame considering how well-designed this portable device looks.