Orange Pi is working on Linux handheld with AMD Ryzen 7840U processor and Manjaro

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The Chinese company Orange Pi is working on its first handheld. This Orange Pi Neo will include a Ryzen 7000U APU with Zen 4 cores and an integrated RDNA3 GPU. The device runs Manjaro Linux by default. No release date or suggested retail price has been announced yet.

Orange Pi has not officially announced the Neo yet. However, the specifications of the upcoming handheld are listed on the website of Linux distro Manjaro, noted VideoCardz. The device will have an AMD Ryzen 7 7840U processor, according to information available on the Manjaro website.

This chip is based on the Zen 4 architecture and has eight cores and sixteen threads. The chip also has an RDNA3 IPU with twelve compute units. The device comes with 16GB or 32GB Lpddr5 memory and an M.2-2280 SSD with PCIe 4.0 interface of up to 2TB.

The Neo handheld also has a 7” screen with a resolution of 1920×1200 pixels and a 120Hz refresh rate. According to the manufacturer, it can achieve a brightness of up to 500cd/m². The screen is flanked by two thumbsticks and controller buttons. The device also features small trackpads on the left and right sides, just like Valve’s Steam Deck handheld. The handheld also has a 50Wh battery, two USB4 ports, a 3.5mm jack and a microSD card reader.

In any case, the Orange Pi Neo comes with Manjaro, a Linux distribution based on Arch. It is not known whether the Neo can also be supplied with other Linux distributions. Orange Pi has been hinting at the arrival of a handheld for some time, but has not yet shared an official release date or suggested retail price. The company is best known for its single-board computers.

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