MSI Claw A1M Gaming Handheld Unleashed, See Features, Specs and Price

I didn’t expect MSI to enter the gaming handheld console. But considering Asus entered the market with its ROG Ally, it’s no surprise that other major tech companies will follow. The ROG Ally and Lenovo Legion Go now have another competition, but it won’t be powered by an AMD Zen4 and RDNA3 technology. Instead, MSI’s Claw A1M gaming handheld will be powered by Intel’s Meteor Lake Core Ultra processor and Arc Xe graphics. The general look and feel, including the button layout, are somewhat similar to the ROG Ally, but the internals are quite different. More details from the news release below.

MSI Claw A1M Gaming Handheld Released

MSI Unveils World’s First Gaming Handheld with Core™ Ultra at CES 2024

MSI introduces Claw, a gaming handheld device powered by the Intel Core™ Ultra Processor. In collaboration with Intel, this device features cutting-edge Meteor Lake processors for gaming enthusiasts. The inaugural handheld provides a portable AAA gaming experience with a 7-inch premium 120Hz display, emphasizing vibrant color reproduction and supported by MSI’s trusted operating system.

Utilizing Intel Core™ Ultra processors and incorporating Intel XeSS technology, Claw enhances FPS for a seamless, immersive gameplay experience.

Claw – A1M Key Features:

  • Up to Intel® Core™ Ultra 7 processor 155H
  • Windows 11 Home
  • Ergonomic design for an optimal gaming experience.
  • 7″ FHD (1920 x 1080), 120 Hz Refresh Rate, Touch Screen, 100% sRGB (Typical), 500nits (Typical), IPS-Level panel.
  • Hall Effect triggers and joysticks built to last with microscopic precision.
  • Best-in-class 53Whr battery capacity.
  • Revolutionary Cooler Boost HyperFlow technology redirects airflow to cool internal components.
  • Exclusive Macro Keys cast your ult with just one click.
  • Swift transfers and extensive connectivity with Thunderbolt™ 4.
  • MSI Center M provides dedicated interface designed for handheld devices with easy-to-use settings.
  • MSI AI Engine adjusts various system settings automatically that best fit your needs.

According to Eric Kuo, the Executive Vice President & NB BU GM of MSI:
“In our commitment to enhancing the gaming experience for our users, we aim to address market pain points and dedicate efforts to the handheld space. We have fine-tuned specific designs tailored exclusively for gamers, debuting our very first handheld, Claw, which redefines the standards in the handheld market.”

According to Michelle Johnston Holthaus, Executive Vice President and GM, Client Computing Group, Intel:
“We’re proud to partner with MSI to deliver unparalleled experiences for users around the globe. The new MSI Claw is an exciting new gaming handheld powered by an Intel Core Ultra processor that provides an unparalleled gaming experience to be enjoyed anywhere, anytime.”

MSI Claw – World’s first Intel Meteor Lake-powered gaming handheld

The MSI Claw represents a significant advancement in portable gaming, offering a smooth gaming experience for AAA titles. Powered by Intel’s XeSS technology, Claw utilizes advanced AI upscaling algorithms to enhance FPS, ensuring gaming enthusiasts a seamless and immersive gameplay experience. With its compatibility with various game genres and responsive controls, Claw provides a high-quality and precise gaming experience on the go, allowing users to enjoy thrilling battles anywhere.

Cool on looks, Cool in hand

MSI’s Claw is designed with MSI Cooler Boost Hyperflow thermal technology to cool internal components effectively, maintaining optimal gaming performance over extended periods without overheating. The handheld device achieves a balanced design in terms of grip and weight, focusing on ergonomic details such as palm curvature, finger grip positions, and trigger force. These design elements ensure Claw is comfortable and precise, fitting naturally into users’ hands for an intuitive gaming experience regardless of hand size.

Long-Life and Customizable Macros

The MSI Claw boasts a significant 53Wh battery capacity, the largest in its class. With a 36% larger battery and 50% longer duration, it delivers an impressive 2-hour battery life under full workload conditions. Gamers can enjoy extended sessions without concerns about power depletion. The user-friendly UI design of MSI Center M simplifies access to essential features and settings. The quick game launcher and instant platform access facilitate installation and downloading. Claw also supports MSI APP Player, providing access to Windows and Android mobile games.

Lastly, Claw includes a unique full key recording function and personalized sensory control, enabling users to customize macros for specific games according to their preferences.

Pricing and Availability

According to reports, the Claw will be available in various options or configs. It will start at $699 with a Core Ultra 5 135H, 16GB RAM* (TBC), and 512GB* (TBC) of storage. Meanwhile, the higher-end variant may come with an MSRP of $799 and will be powered by a Core Ultra 7 155H.

MSI Claw A1M Specifications

Model NameClaw A1M
ProcessorUp to Intel® Core™ Ultra 7 processor 155H
Operating SystemWindows 11 Home (MSI recommends Windows 11 Pro for business.)
Windows 11 Pro
ChipsetIntegrated SoC
MemoryLPDDR5 onboard, 16GB, dual channel
Display7" FHD (1920 x 1080), 120 Hz Refresh Rate, Touch Screen, 120 Hz Refresh Rate, 100% sRGB(Typical), 500nits(Typical), IPS-Level panel
GraphicsIntel® Arc Graphics
Storage Slot1 x NVMe M.2 2230 SSD by PCIe Gen 4 x4
Sensor6-Axis IMU Vibration Motor
CommunicationIntel® Killer™ Wi-Fi 7 BE1750, Bluetooth v5.4
Audio2 × 2W Speakers / 1× Audio combo jack / Hi-Res Audio readyk
I/O Port1 x Thunderbolt™ 4 / DP/ USB Type-C (w/ PD 3.0 Charging)
1 x microSD Card Reader
1 x Audio combo jack
1x Power button with Finger Print Sensor
Battery/Adapter6-Cell, Li-Polymer, 53Whr / 65W USB Type-C PD 3.0
Dimension294 (W) x 117(D) x 21.2(H) mmn
Weight675 g

Note: Product specification, functions, and appearance may vary by model and differ from country to country. All specifications are subject to change without notice.

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Peter Paul
Peter is a PC enthusiast and avid gamer with several years of hands-on experience in testing and reviewing PC components, audio equipment, and various tech devices. He offers a genuine, no-nonsense perspective, helping consumers make informed choices in the ever-changing world of technology.

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