Handheld gaming company AYN made a bit of a splash a few years ago with the introduction of the AYN Odin handheld game console: a compact, affordable, and reasonably powerful device with an ARM-based processor and Android-based software.
AYN followed that up with a x86/Windows model called the AYN Loki, which has been a bit less of a slam dunk due to redesigns and shipping delays. But now the company is going back to its roots and preparing to launch an AYN Odin2, a handheld game console with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor.
The company has been slowly revealing details about the Odin2. After sharing a pretty sparse teaser of an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, AYN followed up with an official image and a short video showing the new design. And the now AYN has also revealed that the Odin2 will have a starting price of $299 for a model with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, although higher priced models with 12GB/256GB or 16GB/512GB will also be available.
And the Odin2 will come in five different color options.
The AYN Odin2 looks similar to the first-gen model in a lot of ways. It has what looks like a 16:9 display sandwiched between a set of game controllers with A, B, X, Y buttons, Start and Select keys, four additional buttons (for Android navigation), a D-Pad and two analog sticks with lighting under the sticks.
We can also see stereo front-facing speakers, a microphone, shoulder triggers, and two additional buttons on the back of the handheld.
AYN hasn’t revealed what processor the Odin2 will have, but the marketing materials show a Qualcomm Snapdragon logo, so it seems like a safe bet that the device will use a Qualcomm chip.
Like the original Odin, the new handheld has a fan for active cooling, which could help give it an edge over smartphones or tablets with similar specs. There’s a large air intake vent on the back of the Odin2 and a smaller vent on top where hot air can be exhausted.
Other features include light strips on the left and right sides of the grips, a power button and what looks like a fingerprint sensor on the top, and a docking station with at least two USB ports on one side.
The handheld itself appears to have at least two ports of some kind: one on top and another on bottom. It’s hard to make out what kind of ports they are, but I’d be surprised if the Odin2 didn’t have at least one USB port and one 3.5mm audio jack. The original Odin also had a mini HDMI port and support for WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 5.0.
AYN should reveal more details about the Odin2 closer to launch. In the meantime you can still pick up a first-gen AYN Odin. Prices currently start at about $200 for an AYN Odin Lite with a MediaTek Dimensity D900 processor. Higher-priced Odin models feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chips and, theoretically, prices for those models currently start at $239. But the 4GB RAM/64GB storage Odin Base is out of stock, so customers looking to pick up a Snapdragon model will have to pay at least $287 for an Odin Pro with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of memory or more.
Update: AYN has released an unboxing video and a bunch of real-world pictures of the Odin2:
This article was first published August 1, 2023 and most recently updated August 14, 2023.