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ASUS ROG Ally X rumors: Everything we know and what we want to see

Is it a worthy successor?

Published onMay 24, 2024

ASUS ROG Ally Hollow Knight
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Update: May 24, 2024 (5:30 PM ET): We have updated our ASUS ROG Ally X rumor hub with the latest leaks, which give us a detailed look at the upgraded specs on the ROG Ally X.

The ASUS ROG Ally transformed the way I played games, but now it’s time for a refresh. The ASUS ROG Ally X will be an iterative but important update to the Windows device, fixing a few minor issues and pushing the handheld experience even further.

It’s still at least a few days away, but here’s what we know so far about the ROG Ally X and what we want to see from the 2024 update.

ASUS ROG Ally X: At a glance

  • When is it expected to come out? A full announcement is expected at Computex on June 2, with a global release likely coming shortly after that.
  • What new features could there be? ASUS has already announced improved battery life and more RAM, and we know that the device is getting better thermals and more storage too.
  • How much might it cost? The ROG Ally X will likely cost more than the existing models, with current rumors putting it around $799.

Will there be an ASUS ROG Ally X?

The ASUS ROG Ally X was first teased in a livestream on May 9, 2024, after a few weeks of rumors. However, the stream stopped short of actually showing the device, so there are a few things that are still up in the air. ASUS will give us a full reveal on June 2, so you won’t have to wait long.

Importantly, this is not an ROG Ally 2. It’s a mid-cycle refresh with relatively minor changes, and the existing model will still be on the market.

What is the most likely ASUS ROG Ally X release date?

  • ASUS ROG Ally — June 13, 2023

The ASUS ROG Ally X will be officially announced on June 2, and the global release date will likely follow a few weeks later.

For reference, the first ROG Ally was announced on April 1, 2023, and launched on June 13. Considering this is a second-generation device, it’s a safe bet that there won’t be as much of a delay before the ROG Ally X hits stores around the world.

What rumored specs and features could the ASUS ROG Ally X have?

ASUS ROG Ally standing off
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ASUS has already teased that the ROG Ally X brings along a well-rounded set of improvements that address most current users’ pain points, but a recent leak by Videocardz gave us a pretty good idea about what the Ally X specs.

For starters, it looks like the ROG Ally X is going to address one of the biggest concerns users had with the original model: battery life. The leaked specs reveal a substantial 80Wh battery, doubling the capacity of the original ROG Ally’s 40Wh, potentially offering significantly longer playtime on a single charge.

A trusted tipster who goes by @MysteryLupin on X (formerly Twitter) previously claimed that the Ally X battery would provide eight hours of playtime. For comparison, the original model lasts for about 2-6.8 hours.

The ROG Ally X will have the same chipset with more RAM, but double the battery, and a few other tweaks.

In terms of memory and storage, the ROG Ally X will reportedly come equipped with 24GB of faster LPDDR5(X)-7500 RAM compared to the original’s 16GB of LPDDR5-6400, and double the storage at 1TB.

The chipset itself remains the same, so don’t expect crazy framerate gains, but it should help smooth things out, considering it’s a full Windows machine. Another change to the internals is switching from an M.2 2230 slot to an M.2 2280 slot, making it easier to increase storage.

The cooling system also seems to be getting an upgrade. According to the new leak, the new fan is 23% smaller and has 50% thinner fins, yet manages to deliver a 10% increase in airflow, promising better thermal management during intense gaming sessions.

Physical changes are also in store for the ROG Ally X. The device will be slightly thicker, growing from 32.4mm to 36.9mm, and slightly heavier, weighing in at 678 grams compared to the original’s 608 grams.

These changes are likely due to the larger battery, but the device will retain the same 7-inch 120Hz screen. It will also sport a new all-black finish and feature an additional USB-C port with USB4 speeds, replacing the ROG XG Mobile port.

Externally, we still don’t know what the ROG Ally X will look like, but it’s safe to assume that it won’t stray too far away from the current model. In an interview with The Verge, ASUS mentioned that the motherboard has been rearranged, implying that the SD card reader has been moved away from the heat vents.

What might the ASUS ROG Ally X price be?

  • ASUS ROG Ally Z1 Extreme $699
  • ASUS ROG Ally Z1 — $499

With the original ASUS ROG Ally Z1 Extreme Edition costing $699, it’s a safe bet that the ASUS ROG Ally X will cost slightly more. One early rumor indicates a price of $799, which sounds reasonable for what’s on offer.

Should you wait for the ASUS ROG Ally X?

ASUS ROG Ally with Nintendo Switch Zelda
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The ASUS ROG Ally X is in an interesting spot because it doesn’t fully replace the existing model. Instead, it’s a slight upgrade with a few drawbacks that might not be worth it for you. The now-year-old ASUS ROG Ally Z1 Extreme Edition ($794 at Amazon) can frequently be bought at a discount, so whether or not you should wait will depend on your needs.

The ASUS ROG Ally X’s larger battery size makes it a better choice if you’re primarily looking to play away from a power source. However, you’ll have to shell out quite a bit more for the privilege, and it will be slightly heavier.

The ROG Ally X is bigger, heavier, and more expensive.

Performance-wise, the two devices should be very similar, with the added RAM and storage on the ROG Ally X giving it a slight edge. That said, if you already have an ASUS ROG Ally, the upgrade is probably not worth it. You’re better off waiting until the ASUS ROG Ally 2 in 2025, as the next-gen AMD APU will blow this year’s handhelds out of the water.

Elsewhere, the Steam Deck OLED ($549 at Manufacturer site) remains a powerful alternative, with worse peak performance and much better battery life. Check out our ROG Ally vs Steam Deck comparison to learn more. The Nintendo Switch ($299.99 at Best Buy) is another excellent alternative for handheld gaming, and the Nintendo Switch 2 is right around the corner.

ASUS ROG Ally X: What we want to see

Best ASUS ROG Ally accessories
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While we’ve already had a taste of the ROG Ally X, there are a few more things that I’d like to see that have yet to be announced. Here’s a quick roundup.

Fixed SD card reader placement

At this point, it’s common knowledge that the first-gen ROG Ally has a serious problem with the SD card reader, and ASUS has admitted as much. Due to its placement near the heat sinks, extended periods at high temperatures can completely fry the SD card reader — and your MicroSD card along with it.

Personally, I haven’t struggled with this problem because I tend to avoid turbo mode whenever possible. Still, this isn’t something that ASUS can fix with a software update, so it needs to be addressed in the ASUS ROG Ally X. For what it’s worth, ASUS knows it screwed up here, and it has already confirmed that the Ally X will feature an altered SD card placement spot.

Better heat dissipation

One of the biggest downsides of the ROG Ally’s incredible performance is heat generation. Although the fans are mostly effective at preventing serious throttling, and you can set custom fan curves if you take the time, lower temperatures would have benefits across the board.

I’d love to see the ROG Ally X make some strides toward keeping things cool, whether through redesigned cooling or more efficient software management. We already know that the fans are getting a design change promising better airflow, plus the increased size of the Ally X could allow ASUS to make some magic happen.

Low-power battery improvements

While the ROG Ally still beats the Steam Deck when it comes to peak performance, it’s woefully behind when it comes to lower power performance. Since I spend far more time playing less demanding indie titles like Sea of Stars or retro titles via emulation, it would be nice to be able to play for more than two hours without having to reach for the charger.

ASUS is giving us double the battery size on the ASUS ROG Ally X, but we’ll have to see if it will be enough to compete with the Steam Deck in terms of longevity. Combined with better heat dissipation and a few more software tweaks to the low-power Silent power profile, I’d love to see it hit much longer gameplay times for low-lift titles.

Improved software

At launch, the ASUS ROG Ally’s software was in a rough spot. The Armoury Crate app is billed as an all-in-one UI that enables quick-launching of your favorite games, similar to the Steam Deck UI, but it’s still a bit of a mess. Some titles installed from third-party platforms like the Epic Games Store don’t always show up, and the menu system for software tweaks or updates is convoluted.

The new Armory Crate SE version 1.5 that ASUS teased promises a cleaner and more intuitive interface, a favorites list for quick game access, separate platform tabs, a customizable home screen, and the ability to share custom button mappings and game settings with other users via profile templates. Time will tell how the software actually performs, but at the very least, it’s reassuring that ASUS is listening to feedback from existing ROG Ally users. I’m sure we’ll see more of the software at the June 2 announcement.

Apart from that, I’ve been very impressed with ASUS’ commitment to keeping the first ROG Ally up to date. New fps-boosting technologies like FSR 3 and AMD Fluid Motion Frames have already landed on the device, pushing performance further without any hardware upgrades. I hope and expect to see more of this going forward.

What would you like to see on the ASUS ROG Ally X?

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