The Steam Deck boasts a 7-inch IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 1,280 by 800 pixels, making it slightly higher than the Nintendo Switch’s screen. With a refresh rate of 60Hz, the screen is bright and easy to read, though it doesn’t offer the same level of color vibrancy as an OLED screen.
Under the hood, the Steam Deck is powered by a custom AMD processor with a quad-core, eight-thread Zen 2 CPU and an RDNA 2 GPU. While these components use a similar architecture to AMD’s Ryzen CPUs and Radeon GPUs, they don’t have exact consumer counterparts. While it may not be as powerful as the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X in TFlops, the Steam Deck was designed to push fewer pixels primarily and has been extensively tested for its performance in games. It performs better than laptops with integrated graphics, but it can’t compete with high-end dedicated GPUs like the Nvidia RTX GeForce 3050 Ti.
In terms of storage and memory, the Steam Deck comes with 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and offers a choice of 64GB, 256GB, or 512GB of storage on a PCIe Gen 2 x4 m.2 SSD (depending on the model). It also has a microSD card slot for additional storage expansion.