Nintendo DS-like Windows gaming handheld from AYANEO has finally launched and could help with certain emulators if you know what I mean

AYANEO Flip KB and DS gaming handhelds.
(Image credit: AYANEO)

What you need to know

  • AYANEO is a gaming company that has released several Windows devices in the last four years. 
  • The company's latest Flip line just launched and features a dual-screen version called the Flip DS as well as a keyboard version called the Flip KB. 
  • Early bird discounted prices are still available for both AYANEO Flip devices in various configurations. 

The AYANEO Flip is the latest line of Windows gaming handhelds to launch from the Chinese tech company. There are two versions of the clamshell AYANEO Flip — The Flip DS offers two screens similar to a Nintendo DS while the Flip KB has a full keyboard. Both offer more unique designs that aren't common on Windows gaming handhelds. So much so that they can make it easier to interact with certain game services and emulators. 

More gaming handhelds

Both the Flip KB and Flip DS run Windows 11 and feature a 7-inch 120Hz IPS screen that can reach up to 1080p. Meanwhile, the handhelds can feature either an AMD Ryzen 7 7840U or a more powerful AMD Ryzen 7 8840U Zen 4 CPU with an integrated AMD Radeon 780M GPU. Connectivity-wise they offer WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2. These configurations should allow the handheld to handle local and streamed games very smoothly. 

As usual, AYANEO is selling its new gaming handhelds at Indiegogo, which ships worldwide. What's more, AYANEO is offering early bird discount prices on different configurations of the Flip DS and Flip KB, so you can currently get them cheaper than usual.

AYANEO FLIP KB and FLIP DS early bird pricing

  • FLIP KB
    • AMD Ryzen 7 7840U + 16GB RAM + 512GB SSD — $899 $699
    • AMD Ryzen 7 8840U + 16GB RAM + 512GB SSD — $939 $739
    • AMD Ryzen 7 7840U + 32GB RAM + 2TB SSD — $1,129 $959
    • AMD Ryzen 7 8840U + 32GB RAM + 2TB SSD — $1,169 $999
    • AMD Ryzen 7 7840U + 64GB RAM + 2TB SSD — $1,399 $1,199
    • AMD Ryzen 7 8840U + 64GB RAM + 2TB SSD — $1,439 $1,239
  • FLIP DS
    • AMD Ryzen 7 7840U + 16GB RAM + 512GB SSD — $939 $739
    • AMD Ryzen 7 8840U + 16GB RAM + 512GB SSD — $979 $779
    • AMD Ryzen 7 7840U + 32GB RAM + 2TB SSD — $1,169 $999
    • AMD Ryzen 7 8840U + 32GB RAM + 2TB SSD — $1,209 $1,039
    • AMD Ryzen 7 7840U + 64GB RAM + 2TB SSD — $1,439 $1,239
    • AMD Ryzen 7 8840U + 64GB RAM + 2TB SSD — $1,479 $1,279

If you're interested, you can head over to Indiegogo and choose the AYANEO Flip KB or Flip DS configuration that suits your gaming preferences most. 

AYANEO Flip DS and Flip KB: See at Indiegogo

AYANEO Flip DS and Flip KB: See at Indiegogo

AYANEO Flip is a line of Windows gaming handhelds. There are two versions within the AYANEO Flip line, a Flip DS with two screens or a Flip KB, which features a full QWERTY keyboard. Both are available in different configurations and at different price points. 

Windows Central's take

Both the Flip KB and Flip DS offer conveniences that we don't often see in Windows PC gaming handhelds.  (Image credit: AYANEO)

As someone who has been excited to try out every mainstream gaming handheld to release in the last few years, the more unique designs of the AYANEO Flip KB and Flip DS interest me. Plus, they offer solid processors with plenty of RAM and SSD storage options to fit a wide range of user needs. 

The clamshell design of the Flip KB and Flip DS puts me in mind not only of the Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS, but of flip phones from the late 90s and early 2000's. There's just something so satisfying about hearing the casing clap shut. What's more, the clamshell design helps make sure that the screen won't get damaged in transit and it does so without having to rely on some sort of display covering or casing. Although, you should get one if you don't want the outer parts of the handheld to get all scratched up. 

As for the Flip KB itself, having a gaming handheld with a full keyboard is ideal for anyone who tends to play games that require a lot of text input. That way, you don't have to worry about an on-screen keyboard blocking your view and making it hard to tell if the data you entered was entered correctly. 

Meanwhile, the Flip DS can be very helpful for keeping tabs on the handheld's system performance or accommodating certain... emulators that require using two screens. Depending on how customizable the second, smaller screen is, it could also be set up to display other useful information like notifications or a specific program. 

I'm planning on reviewing both of these devices in the near future, so check back here at Windows Central to see our full analysis.

Rebecca Spear
Gaming Editor

Self-professed gaming geek, Rebecca Spear, is one of Windows Central's gaming editors with a focus on gaming handhelds, PC gaming, and laptops. When she isn't checking out the latest games on Xbox Game Pass, PC, ROG Ally, or Steam Deck; she can be found digital drawing with a Wacom tablet. She's written thousands of game guides, previews, features, and hardware reviews over the last few years. If you need information about anything gaming-related, her articles can help you out. She also loves testing game accessories and any new tech on the market. You can follow her @rrspear on X (formerly Twitter).