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you honestly think Valve is dumping Millions of dollars into the steam deck to NOT upgrade it in the future? I said I was speculating, but the market is there. And the highend pi is $75. I still stand by the idea that the steam deck is a beta device that people pay for and a proof of concept to measure market interest. And considering they can't make enough to fill preorders, I'm going to say market interest is pretty high.Pi has millions of units sold because they're priced at $35-$50, and bring impressive value (because there are tons of alternative platforms gunning to take their market - See Orange Pi, or Nvidia Jetson)
Steam haven't touched or mentioned a refresh of the three-year-old Index, so your hopes are really unlikely for Valve to be anywhere near aggressive-enough hardware updates to keep-up with the rest of the performance ultra-portable 11 to 13" laptop market To yearly-refresh the Deck!
Not to mention faster-iterating handheld makers like GPD and AYANEO don't have to spend time and money developing their own semi-custom silicon, and the trying to justify continued buyers on an outdated device with no exclusives (while getting trounced by he latest handhelds from both of these companies!)
Market interest is there, and can you imagine a steam deck with a zen 4 APU? Replacement boards are probably not going to happen, but bad hardware, especially if it increase efficiency and, therefore battery life, will almost certainly happen