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Asus confirms the ROG Ally will start at $600 — if you can wait till Q3

A white handheld with black joysticks and buttons sitting on a wooden desk with shallow depth of focus, at an angle to accentuate its profile.
The Asus ROG Ally gaming handheld. | Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge

The Asus ROG Ally handheld gaming PC is officially on preorder today for $700, shipping June 13th — but there’s also a less expensive, less powerful model shipping in Q3 for $600 that reviewers haven’t yet been able to try.

Asus PR told us it wouldn’t have pricing and availability for that model today, so it’s a bit of a surprise to see official confirmation!

Screenshot by Sean Hollister / Image by Asus

Pricing.

Better still, it looks like Asus isn’t skimping on storage, as it’ll come with a 512GB PCIe Gen 4 SSD for that price. (Leaked data suggested it’d have a 256GB SSD.)

Considering Valve charges $650 for its 512GB Steam Deck with a last-gen processor, that model is starting to look like a pretty good…

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