Using the $289 AYN Odin Pro Handheld Game Console as a Windows PC

the AYN Odin is a portable game console with a 6-inch Full HD display and built-in game controllers. It went up for pre-order last summer via a Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign and the first units began shipping to backers last month.

It’s still available for pre-order with prices starting at $199 for an Odin Lite with a Mediatek Dimensity 900 or $240 processor or an AYN Odin with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip. Android, YouTuber Taki Udon managed to install Windows 11 on a Snapdragon modelturning an AYN Odin Pro into a low-cost portable Windows gaming PC.

The version featured in Taki Udon’s video has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 6,000mAh battery, 8GB of LPDDR4x memory and 256GB of UFS 2.1 storage, which is actually twice the storage than any model available to the public. He uses a pre-launch prototype that was sent to him before the crowdfunding started.

Still, the 128GB of built-in storage should be enough to hold some games and if you need more storage space, you can always use a microSD card.

The reason it is possible to install Windows on the AYN Odin Pro is that not only does Microsoft offer a version of Windows for devices with ARM chips, but some of the early Windows on ARM devices used a Snapdragon 850 processor which was a close relative of the Snapdragon 845 used in the Odin Pro.

This allowed indie developers like people to Project Renegade to find ways to install full Windows 10 and Windows 11 operating systems on smartphones with Snapdragon 845 chips, like the OnePlus 6T and Xiaomi Mi 8. Meanwhile, developers have also made good progress in bringing CPU support into the mainline Linux kernelwhich allows to run mobile linux distros like postmarketOS on these phones too.

Anyway, the fact is that it is now possible to replace Android with Windows 11 on the AYN Odin Pro and you may also be able to run a GNU/Linux distro.

So how well does Windows 11 work? Surprisingly well…although there are a few key bugs.

The device’s CPU, GPU, sound, video, touchscreen, USB-C port, SD card, and wireless features all work. But HDMI output and fan control aren’t, and Taki Udon says the gamepad is only partially supported.

The lack of full game controller support seems to be a deal breaker for most users: what’s the point of using a portable gaming PC if you need to plug in an external controller? But it is possible that the developers will find fixes for what is broken in the future.

It’s also worth bearing in mind that running Windows on ARM also has a performance impact: the Odin Pro scores lower single-core and multi-core in the GeekBench performance test when running Windows by compared to Android.

So why would you want to run Windows on the handheld? Because it opens the door to playing PC games that would otherwise not be available on an Android-only device. Taki Udon was able to install the Steam game client and play many (but not all) PC games.

Games that perform well include older titles like Counter-Strike, Devil May Cry, Portal, World of Warcraft, Warcraft 3, Skyrim, Bioshockand Borderlands as well as some newer, but less graphically intense titles like The Old Man’s Journey, Stanley’s parableand Black hole. All of these games run at 30-60 frames per second in Taki Udon’s video.

Some games like CS: Come onTorchlight II, spiral knights however, you struggle to hit even 20fps, making them virtually unplayable. And unfortunately some games won’t work at all – Taki Udon says there’s no good way to tell which games will work until you install and try them, but some titles won’t recognize Adreno graphics of the device, while others will struggle to deliver decent performance using Windows 11’s x86 emulation (which lets you run x86 apps on an ARM processor).

The AYN Odin is available for pre-order for $199+ via an Indiegogo InDemand campaign. Here is an overview of the features of the three different models available:

Odin Base OdinPro Odin Lite
Display 5.98 inches
1920 x 1080 pixels
IPS-LCD screen
369ppi
Dragontrail glass
5.98 inches
1920 x 1080 pixels
IPS-LCD screen
369ppi
Dragontrail glass
5.98 inches
1920 x 1080 pixels
IPS-LCD screen
369ppi
Dragontrail glass
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 MediaTek Dimension D900
Graphic Adrene 630 Adrene 630 Mali-G68 MC4
RAM 4 GB LPDDR4x 8 GB LPDDR4x 4 GB LPDDR4x
Storage 64 GB UFS 2.1
microSD card reader
128 GB UFS 2.1
microSD card reader
64 GB UFS 2.1
microSD card reader
Video output HDMI and DisplayPort HDMI and DisplayPort hdmi
audio 1W stereo speakers 1W stereo speakers 1W stereo speakers
Wireless WiFi 5
Bluetooth 5.0
WiFi 5
Bluetooth 5.0
WiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.2
Ports USB 3.1 Type-C
Mini HDMI
3.5mm Audio
USB 3.1 Type-C
Mini HDMI
3.5mm Audio
USB 3.1 Type-C
Mini HDMI
3.5mm audio
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 MediaTek Dimension D900
Drums 5000mAh 6000mAh 5000mAh
SE Android 10 Android 10 Android 11
Dimensions 224 x 95 x 15mm 224 x 95 x 15mm 224 x 95 x 15mm
Price $240 (on request)
$268 (retail)
$289 (on request)
$323 (retail)
$199 (in demand)
$236 (retail)

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