After weeks of teasing, ASUS has officially launched its first handheld gaming PC in the Philippines, with the ASUS ROG Ally arriving on the local market at a surprisingly palatable price tag.
The ROG Ally comes in two variants — one fitted with a more powerful AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme processor and another sporting a vanilla Ryzen Z1 CPU. Both configurations are equipped with Radeon RDNA 3 graphics, 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM, and 512GB of PCIe Gen4 SSD storage, which can be upgraded to a higher capacity at any time. Plus, there is a UHS-II microSD card slot, if you need to slot in a high-performance card to house even more games and files.
In the Philippines, the ASUS ROG Ally with a Ryzen Z1 Extreme chip costs P43,995 (roughly $807), while the Ryzen Z1-based variant is priced at P39,995 ($733). Take note that the latter will be available at a later date next month. As a special offer, the first 100 buyers of the console in the country will receive an ASUS ROG Ally Travel Case and a Gaming Charger Dock worth P6,000 ($110) when they register through ASUS’ official website.
That’s a sweet deal considering how much the Steam Deck goes for on the gray market. The starter 64GB model of the Steam Deck, for example, typically costs around P26,000 ($477) in the Philippines. Meanwhile, the top-end version with 512GB of SSD storage will set you back P43,000 ($788). Keep in mind those prices are for gray units that don’t have local warranty coverage from Valve.
Which brings us to our next point: Another incentive for customers to purchase ASUS’ Steam Deck competitor through official sales channels is the warranty. Locally bought units will be entitled to the company’s after-sales program, which includes a two-year international warranty, ASUS Premium Care, ASUS Platinum Protection warranty that covers accidental damage, and access to over 100 ASUS authorized service providers nationwide if the need arises.
ASUS ROG Ally specs
- 7-inch IPS display (non-touch), FHD resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, 16:9 aspect ratio
- ABXY face buttons, shoulder triggers, LR joysticks, D-pad
- AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme processor/Ryzen Z1 processor
- RDNA3 up to 2.7GHz GPU
- 16GB LPDDR5 RAM
- 512GB PCIe 4.0 SSD
- ROG XG Mobile interface, USB-C combo port (supports DisplayPort 1.4), and microphone + headphone jack
- microSD card slot
- Fingerprint power button
- 40Wh battery
- 65-watt PD charging
- Microsoft Windows 11 Home
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