Ahead of the highly anticipated CES 2024, MSI’s latest foray into the handheld gaming market, the “Claw,” has been inadvertently revealed through a series of leaks. This new gaming handheld PC from MSI is rumored to be a powerhouse in the portable gaming world, thanks to its cutting-edge specs.
Central to the Claw’s capabilities is Intel’s Core Ultra 7 155H processor, boasting an impressive 16-core/22-thread layout. This includes 6 performance cores, 8 efficient cores, and 2 low-power cores, promising to deliver robust processing power. Complementing this is the Arc Alchemist GPU, equipped with 8 Xe cores and a boostable frequency of up to 2.25GHz.
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Benchmark performance leaks paint a promising picture for the Claw. It reportedly achieves a single-core score of 2403 and a multi-core score of 11543. These figures suggest that the Claw’s Intel Arc graphics might outshine AMD’s RDNA3 in rival handheld devices, a significant feat for Intel’s incursion into the portable gaming sector.
In terms of memory, the MSI Claw is said to feature a whopping 32GB of RAM, potentially offering various configurations to cater to diverse user needs and budgets. This is notably double the memory of its contemporaries like the AYN Odin Pro and Steam Deck.
The operating system for the MSI Claw remains a subject of speculation. Possibilities include following Asus and Lenovo with Windows 11, or perhaps opting for a Linux-based OS akin to the Steam Deck.
MSI has teased the gaming community with a social media post showcasing the Claw. Described as a “new breed of MSI dragon,” it seems set to enhance MSI’s gaming repertoire beyond laptops. The teaser features dual offset joysticks, distinctive RGB lighting, side vents, and the iconic MSI gaming logo.
As excitement builds, the gaming community eagerly awaits further details on MSI’s Claw, particularly regarding its operating system, pricing, and availability.