When you hear about ADATA, chances are that your first thought goes to the various storage solutions the company offers. However, ADATA is dipping its toes into the world of Windows handhelds with the XPG Nia.

Stubbs was able to get some hands-on time with the XPG Nia, a device with quite a few unique and differentiating features. Namely, the built-in display actually tilts upward, aiming to offer a bit less neck strain while you’re gaming. There’s also a selfie camera embedded in the top bezel of the screen, allowing you to stream while playing.

ADATA XPG Nia Hands-on - 1

Look at this screen!

It should come as little surprise that we like to take these various handhelds apart in order to upgrade the storage. Not only will it be possible to upgrade the storage with an M.2 2230 SSD, but ADATA is also making the RAM user-replaceable. According to Stubbs, this is possible by opening the built-in kickstand, giving you “easy access” for upgrading.

This marks the first time that a Windows handheld allows for both the storage and RAM to be upgraded, and is definitely a welcome change. In keeping with that idea, ADATA wants to make it possible for users to create their own cases and shells for the XPG Nia. In theory, this would give us something akin to the Framework Laptop, but in a gaming handheld.

Some of the other confirmed features include a USB-C port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and four rear buttons that we assume would be programmable. The downside to all of this is that the XPG Nia in its current state is simply a prototype. ADATA has not yet shared what processor would power the Nia, but is deciding between a current-gen and next-gen SoC.

If ADATA opts for the former, this likely means we’ll see something like the Ryzen 7 7840U, 8840U, or even the Z1 Extreme. If it chooses the latter, perhaps that means another Windows handheld powered by an Intel Core Ultra chip.

This decision would also play into the price and availability of the XPG Nia. Using a current-gen processor would make for a more affordable handheld that’s available much sooner. However, using a next-gen chip likely means a higher price and a longer wait.

No matter what ADATA decides to do, there’s no denying that the XPG Nia is an exciting device. We just have to hope that ADATA follows through with its promises and doesn’t leave us hanging.

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