MSI reveals the prices of its Claw portable console: unfortunately, it is not cheaper than its competitors


Hardware and Gaming Specialist

January 30, 2024 at 12:49 p.m.


MSI CLAW portable console © VideoCardz

The Claw does not yet have a release date © VideoCardz

Unfortunately, the price of portable console MSI Claw will range between 700 and 800 dollars depending on the technical characteristics. No “miracle”.

In the space of a few days, at the very beginning of January, MSI teased, announced and then presented its first foray into the world of portable consoles with a machine called Claw.

Keen to stand out from the competition from ASUS or Lenovo, MSI opted for a partnership with Intel to animate the console… but contrary to what some had hoped, this is not reflected in the price.

Intel Meteor Lake to liven up the beast

Since the Steam Deck launched during the first half of 2022 and until the release of the most recent Lenovo Legion Go via the ASUS ROG Ally and machines like the AYANEO, the vast majority of portable consoles trust the solutions AMD.

MSI Claw A1M © MSI

All – or almost – the features of the Claw A1M © MSI

A specialist in processors with powerful integrated graphics solutions (the famous APUs), AMD is also found at the heart of home consoles such as the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X|S. In reality, only the Switch and a few more anecdotal machines are powered by processors from other brands.

With Meteor Lake, Intel aimed to shake up the market a little by placing itself in direct competition with AMD on these APUs. The call seems to have been heard by MSI because, for the Claw, it is a choice of a Core 7 Ultra 155H or a Core 5 Ultra 135H which powers the machine.

Between 700 and 800 dollars

In the first case, it is a question of offering 16 cores/22 threads at a maximum of 4.8 GHz while in the second, it is 14 cores/18 threads and a maximum frequency of 4.6 GHz .

More importantly, both chips feature an ARC graphics solution with 8 Xe-Cores at 2.25 GHz for the Core 7 Ultra and 7 Xe-Cores at 2.2 GHz for the Core 5 Ultra. On paper, this should make it possible to compete with, or even exceed, the performance of AMD APUs. We also hope that this will allow us to go a little further in autonomy.

MSI Claw © MSI

Too bad, the price of the MSI Claw is nothing extraordinary © MSI

Why such hopes? Because MSI’s latest clarification about the Claw is a bit disappointing. Nothing dramatic, no, but we were hoping for a pricing effort in order to position itself between the Steam Deck and the ROG Ally/Legion Go. Alas, this is not the case, the Claw is even a little more expensive than its two ASUS competitors /Lenovo, with equivalent specifications.

  • Core 7 Ultra 155H with 16 GB of RAM and 1 TB SSD: $799.99
  • Core 7 Ultra 155H with 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB SSD: $749.99
  • Core 5 Ultra 135H with 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB SSD: $699.99

Note that there is currently no longer any talk of a version with 32 GB of RAM as was briefly mentioned. Also note that MSI has not yet communicated a release date: on its site, you can simply request a notification to be notified.

Source : MSI, VideoCardz

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