CES 2024 | MSI Claw will have an Intel Core Ultra CPU and will cost US$699

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MSI presented its new console, the MSI Claw, during CES 2024, and the notebook will use the new Intel Meteor Lake processors with integrated Arc GPU and low power consumption. The ROG Ally competitor will be launched in two versions, one with the Core Ultra 5 135H and the other with the Core Ultra 7 155H, costing US$699 and US$799 respectively.

Considering the performance of the Core Ultra 7 165H presented at Intel’s December event, the 155H should be more than enough to compete with the ASUS ROG Ally’s Z1 Extreme APUs. Therefore, a simpler model makes sense, with the Core Ultra 5 135H to face the non-extreme Z1 version.

Competitor at height

O FreeGameGuide had the opportunity for a brief hands-on with a notebook equipped with the Core Ultra 7 165H during Intel AI Everywhere. Playing in FullHD with good graphic quality and above 80 FPS, the battery of the tested model had an estimated autonomy of 3 to 4 hours.

When we bring this reality to an even more compact model and a simpler processor, it is possible to estimate that the autonomy of the MSI Claw is, at least, equivalent or even greater than the two hours of the ROG Ally. It is also worth mentioning that the MSI laptop’s battery is 53 Wh, compared to just 40 Wh on the ASUS model, suggesting an even longer battery life.

Portable Consoles
MSI Claw ASUS Rog Ally Lenovo Legion Go Steam Deck
CPU

Core Ultra 5 135H

Core Ultra 7 155G

Ryzen Z1

Ryzen Z1 Extreme

Ryzen Z1

Ryzen Z1 Extreme

AMD Van Gogh
SoC GPU

Arc iGPU

7 Vehicle Nucleos (U5)

8 Vehicle Nucleos (U7)

AMD iGPU

4CU (Z1)

12CU (Z1E)

AMD iGPU

4CU (Z1)

12CU (Z1E)

AMD iGPU 8CU
TDP 28W 9-30W 9-30W 4-15W
Memory 16GB LPDDR5-6400 16GB LPDDR5-6400 16GB LPDDR5-7500 16GB LPDDR5-5500
Storage

512GB(U5)

1TB (U7)

256 GB

512 GB

512 GB

1 TB

256 GB (SSD)

512 GB (SSD)

64GB (eMMC)

Bodies

7″

1920 x 1080

120 Hz

500 nits

7″

1920 x 1080

120 Hz

500 nits

8,8″ IPS

2560 x 1600

144 Hz

500 nits

7″

1280x 800

60 Hz

Connectivity

Wi-Fi 7

BT 5.4

Wi-Fi 6E

BT 5.2

Wi-Fi 6E

BT 5.2

Wi-Fi 5

BT 5

Battery 53 Wh 40 Wh 49,2 Wh 40 Wh
Price

US$ 699 (U5)

US$ 799 (U7)

US$ 599 (Z1E+256GB)

US$ 699 (Z1E+512GB)

R$ 6.499 (Loja Asus BR)

US$ 699 (Z1E+512GB)

US$ 749 (Z1E+1TB)

US$ 399 (64GB)

US$ 529 (256GB)

US$ 649 (512GB)

The memory configurations of the Ally and Claw are the same, with 16 GB of LPDDR5-6400 memory, but the connectivity of the MSI laptop is superior, with the Wi-Fi 7 standard, Bluetooth 5.4. In terms of storage, the new laptop also comes out ahead, offering a 512GB NVMe PCIe4 SSD in the version with Core Ultra 5, and 1 TB in the top-of-the-line model, with Core Ultra 7.

MSI also confirmed that the Claw will feature a 7” screen, FullHD resolution (1920 x 1080) and 120 Hz refresh rate, the same settings as the Ally. Taking into account only what we know so far — and without having tested the Legion GO, which has not yet been released in Brazil — the MSI Claw is an excellent competitor in the new portable console market, at least on par with the ASUS models and Lenovo.

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