The AYN Odin2 is a handheld game console with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, support for up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, and Android 13 software. In other words, it has the specs of a flagship phone… but it’s not a phone, it’s a device designed for gaming.
It has built-in game controllers, a fan for active cooling, and a pretty attractive price tag: the Odin2 is up for pre-order through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign with Early Bird perks starting under $300 and suggested retail prices starting at $339. AYN says the Odin2 should begin shipping to backers in December, but keep in mind that the company doesn’t have the best track record for shipping products on schedule.
AYN has been teasing the upcoming handheld for a few weeks, and released detailed specs and pricing information shortly before the launch of the crowdfunding campaign.
The company is offering three different configurations:
|Base: 8GB/128GB||Pro: 12GB/256GB||Max: 16GB/512GB|
|Early Bird price||$299||$369||$449|
|Color options||Black only||Transparent Blue, Transparent Purple, Black Grey, white|
|Perks||N/A||N/A||Bag & screen protector|
All models will have the same design, which includes a 6 inch FHD display, game controllers with dual backlit analog sticks featuring hall sensors, and all the buttons you should need to play most mobile or console games.
While you don’t really need a dedicated gaming device to play most Android games (which were, after all, designed for touchscreen smartphones and tablets), those controllers could come in handy for cloud game streaming or playing console titles through emulators. And with Qualcomm’s 2022 flagship processor, this little device should offer substantially better performance than you’d get from other devices in this category like the Logitech G Cloud or Razer Edge.
One other thing that sets the Odin2 apart from a flagship phone is that it doesn’t have a cellular modem, so there’s no support for mobile data or for talk or text of cell networks.
Here’s a full run-down of the specs for AYN’s new Android-powered handheld.
|AYN Odin2 specs|
1920 x 1080 pixels
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2|
|RAM||8GB / 12GB / 16GB|
|Storage||128GB / 256GB / 512GB|
|Ports||1 x USB 3.1 Type-C|
1 x mini HDMI
1 x 3.5mm audio
1 x microSD card reader
|Charging||65W Qualcomm Quick Charge 5.0|
|Audio||Stereo front-facing speakers|
3.5mm audio jack
|Controllers||A, X, B, Y buttons|
Start, Select, Home, Back buttons
Dual backlit analog sticks (with hall sensors and L3 and R3 click functionality)
M1 and M2 rear programmable macro keys
|Dimensions||225 x 98 x 17mm|
The company will also offer an optional docking accessory called the Super Dock. It measures 123 x 92 x 43mm and has a USB-C connector that lets you set the Odin2 directly in the dock to connect an external display, USB peripherals, or an Ethernet cable, among other things.
The Super Dock’s ports include:
- 2 x USB 3.0
- 2 x USB 2.0
- 1 x HDMI
- 1 x Gigabit Ethernet
- 1 x USB-C power input
Pricing for the Super Dock hasn’t been revealed yet.
AYN has a bit of a mixed track record in the handheld space. On the one hand, the company’s original Odin was praised by many for its design, performance, and price point… but it took longer than anticipated for units to begin shipping to backers of a crowdfunding campaign and some folks complained that the company seemed to be biting off more than it could chew when it announced the Windows-powered Loki when it was still dealing with a significant shipping backlog for the Odin.
All of which is to say that the Odin2 looks like a pretty nice little device, but it probably only makes sense to back the upcoming crowdfunding campaign if you’re willing to wait patiently for a (potentially long) time before your handheld ships.
— AYN Loki (@Ayn_Loki) August 18, 2023
This article was first published on August 18, 2023 and most recently updated August 22, 2023.