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

Chinese company Orange Pi is working on its first handheld. Among other things, this Orange Pi Neo will get a Ryzen 7000U-apu with Zen 4-cores and an integrated RDNA3-gpu. The device runs on Manjaro Linux by default. No release date or suggested retail price is known yet.

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

This chip based on the Zen 4 architecture and features eight cores and 16 threads. The chip also features an RDNA3 sigpu with twelve compute units. In addition, 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 will also get a 7″ screen with 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. In addition, the handheld features 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 if the Neo can also ship with other Linux distributions. Orange Pi has been hinting at the arrival of a handheld for some time, but has yet to share an official release date or suggested retail price. The company is best known for its single-board computers.

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