The Smach Z will release this year with an AMD Raven Ridge APU

The Smach Z will release this year with an AMD Raven Ridge APU

The Smach Z will release this year with an AMD Raven Ridge APU

The Smach Z handheld gaming PC has been a concept for quite some time, promising a handheld gaming PC experience as early as 2015, back when the project was marketed under the Steam Boy name. 

The original project was cancelled, returning to Kickstarter in August 2016, promising an AMD Falcon SoC, a 1080p screen and a Steam Controller like gamepad. Now it looks like this handheld gaming system has been upgraded to use AMD’s one of AMD’s newly announced Raven Ridge Ryzen V1000 SoCs, giving this mobile product Zen CPU cores and Vega Graphics. 

Liliputing has listed this unit as using an AMD V1605B SoC, a 12-25W model with four CPU cores, eight threads and a Vega 8 graphics component. This SoC makes this unit significantly more powerful than its original Kickstarter would have users believe, utilising AMD’s latest CPU/GPU architectures to create a powerful, yet low-TDP mobile gaming solution.  

  

The Smach Z will release this year with an AMD Raven Ridge APU  

The Smach Z will release this year with an AMD Raven Ridge APU

 

The Smach Team are set to be present at Embedded World, an event that will take place between February 27th and March 1st, where an alpha version of the Smach Z will be showcased to the public. This unit should offer similar performance to a Ryzen 5 2500U.

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