The AYN Odin is a handheld game console that resembles a Nintendo Switch Lite, with a 6-inch 1080p IPS LCD screen surrounded by game controllers and has a starting price of under $200.
But under the hood, the Odin has the guts of a flagship Android phone from a few years ago, including support for a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage (more a microSD card reader). First revealed earlier this year codenamed “Project Valhalla,” the Odin is designed to be an inexpensive handheld gaming device, and it’s expected to start shipping in
November January, following some manufacturing delays.
The AYN Odin went on pre-order from August to an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign which raised nearly $670,000 from more than 2,000 donors. The Indiegogo campaign ended on October 4, but if you’re willing to pay a little more and wait a little longer, you can still pre-order one through an Indiegogo InDemand campaign, with shipping of these units set to begin in January.
There are three different prices/configurations:
|Odin Base||OdinPro||Odin Lite|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845||MediaTek Dimension D900|
|RAM||4 GB LPDDR4x||8 GB LPDDR4x||4 GB LPDDR4x|
|Storage||64 GB UFS 2.1||128 GB UFS 2.1||64 GB UFS 2.1|
|SE||Android 10||Android 10||Android 11|
|Ships||November 2021||November 2021||December 2021|
$240 (on request)
$289 (on request)
$199 (in demand)
Each model features a 5.98-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel touchscreen with a scratch-resistant Dragontrail tempered glass cover.
And each also has stereo speakers, 3.5mm audio and mini HDMI ports, and support for fast charging, a fan for active cooing. And each supports WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 5.0 wireless connectivity.
The Snapdragon-powered AYN Odin Base and Odin Pro have USB 3.1 Type-C ports, while the AYN Odin Lite version with a Dimensity chip has a USB 3.0 Type-C port instead.
All models must support USB-C Alt DisplayPort mode, however, which means you have two options for connecting an external display. You can use a mini HDMI cable, or you can use an optional docking station like the “Super Dock” which is available for pre-order for $50 through the Odin crowdfunding campaign.
One of the advantages of the Lite model is that it comes with a newer processor, which is perhaps why this is the only version of the AYN Odin that should come with Android 11.
All three models will feature a custom gaming-centric UI with a game launcher and support for screen mapping features that let you assign game actions to physical buttons for titles designed for screens. touch screens rather than controllers.
The Odin will come in several different colors, although the color options will vary depending on whether you get the Lite model or the Base/Pro versions.
Update: The red, blue and green color options have been canceled.
AYN is not the only company to release an Android game console. But the Odin is one of the first models to come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800-series processor (at least for some models), delivering the kind of performance you’d expect from a 2017 flagship phone for the price of a phone. economic.
The Odin is not a phone though. It doesn’t support cellular capabilities, and game controllers are built-in, which would make holding the device against your face rather awkward anyway.
Another thing to keep in mind is that although there are thousands of mobile games in the Google Play store designed for Android, most are designed for phones and tablets, which means they have controls. optimized for the touchscreen and not necessarily designed for devices. with physical checks. So you may need to use button mapping software to play some games.
That said, there are always retro games: a number of emulators for android let you play classic games designed for consoles that are designed for devices with physical controllers. Want an idea of how Odin handles games? YouTuber Taki Udon has a video an Odin Lite with a Dimensity D900 processor and Mali-G68 graphics running games through Sony PlayStation 2 and PSP games, as well as Nintendo 64, GameCube and Wii titles.
The optional Odin Super Dock, which connects to Odin’s USB-C port, has a full-size HDMI port for video output, a Gigabit Ethernet port, five USB 3.0 Type-A ports, and a a USB Type-C input to charge the Odin while it’s docked. There are also controller interfaces that you can use to connect external gamepads. And the dock even has room inside for a 2.5-inch SATA drive that you can use to store games.
This article was originally published on August 17, 2021 and last updated on October 6, 2021 with updated pricing and availability details.