The AYN Odin handheld is a new handheld that’s ready to shake up the scene, and it’s about time!
Over the last few months there’s been a lack of new handhelds, we have the new GKD Mini in hand to review, but apart from that, there’s nothing to add to our best retro handhelds list as of late that comes under the $200 mark… until now.
YouTuber Taki Udon has been teasing the handheld for several weeks now, with more unofficial names being announced than I’ve had hot dinners!
But, it looks as if the company behind it known as AYN have revealed the official name of the handheld alongside some rumoured specs and official images.
The name of their new handheld is called the “AYN Odin Handheld” and it comes in a wide number of different colours.
Taki Udon kept revealing the price would be 199 after naming it the “199 handheld” for many weeks before this announcement, perhaps he has shares in this device or just so happens to be very good pals with the creators.
$199 would be a very competitive price, but I have a big suspicion that it’s only going to be $199 for the first few thousand backers who get behind it on Indiegogo. The retail pricing is more likely to be between $249 and $299, making it compete with some big players in the handheld scene.
AYN Odin Specifications (RUMOURED)
- Octa-Core Snapdragon 855+ SoC
- 6″ IPS Touchscreen Display (1920 x 1080p)
- 4-8GB of RAM
- Adreno 640 GPU
- Passive & Active Cooling
- HDMI Out
The above specifications are not official and have yet to be announced by AYN. Obscure Handhelds have stated that the above specifications could be likely. The Snapdragon processor is what you typically find in high end smartphones.
This kind of power can most likely emulate far beyond what typical budget handhelds can, for example it could be a possibility to see you play your best Gamecube games on here, and even the best PS2 emulators if configured correctly.
AYN has stated: “We built Odin to withstand extreme workloads over long periods by including the largest passive cooling heatsink ever used in an ARM device and a high-speed active cooling fan”.
We have to take all of this with a pinch of salt, AYN has not came out with any official statements regarding specs or prices as of yet. We’ve also seen concept units in the past not match what is then released to the public, so we’re hoping what has been teased is to be true, alongside the potential performance and pricing.
The AYN Odin Handheld is also rumoured to be running on Android 10, allowing you to fully customise your handheld, alongside installing some of your favourite emulators, just like the Retroid Pocket 2.
AYN Odin Handheld Design
AYN has come out with some official statements and images of the handheld which allows us to get a better sense of what this device is designed to do. The AYN Odin handheld looks to be similar sized to that of the Nintendo Switch Lite.
AYN has also stated: “There’s nothing worse than being pulled out of the game by using an uncomfortable device. We want Odin to provide an immersive gaming experience for our users, and that is why we included a best-in-class ergonomic grip for those longer gaming sessions.”
It looks as if they are trying to go for a comfortable, long lasting gaming experience within Android, specifically aimed at Android gamers and retro gamers who love to emulate.
Taking a closer look at the above image and early videos the AYN Odin Handheld seems to be a very attractive handheld. Ergonomics look perfect, the small LED’s behind the analogue sticks are unique and they’ve even added two extra trigger buttons on the back of the device to map to your needs.
Nothing on this handheld looks cluttered, everything has its place, and every button seems easy to get too without having to stretch or to sacrifice blocking a speaker grill.
The trigger buttons look soft, and are only slightly hanging off the edge of the Odin. AYN has also mentioned: “Odin can interface with many standard controllers over USB and Bluetooth, but we wanted it to be a standalone device for popular gaming applications. That is why we included a set of custom analog triggers, making this the first ARM-based device with full input coverage”.
Analog triggers in a sub $200 handheld? This is madness! It keeps getting better! Around the device you will find all of your standard ports such as HDMI Out, headphone jack, Micro SD ports, on/off, volume and more.
It’s definitely not a pocket friendly device, but targeted to be chucked in your bag for when you are travelling or to be ready available for coach gaming when your girlfriend is watching Too Hot To Handle on Netflix.
AYN Odin Pro?
Rumours are floating around amongst DIscord and Reddit channels stating that the AYN Odin Handheld could possible come in two editions. Standard and Pro, but what’s the difference?
64 GB Internal Storage
Can’t Be Overclocked
128GB Internal Storage
Can Be Overclocked
As a business this is a smart move, because not only do you target the “affordable” market, you also target the “premium” handheld market with a small speed bump. Why not!
On the image above you can see that the grey edition of the AYN Odin Handheld has LED backlights behind the analogue sticks and grips. Could this be a pro exclusive or does the standard edition come with it too? It seems odd that the other two colours aren’t glowing… you feel me?
Pricing & Release Date
But I personally think this handheld will be priced within the high 200’s, perhaps $299 for those that haven’t backed it and the Pro version could be as high as $399. The only thing we can do is wait.
AYN would be smart to leave the release towards the end of the year, in hopes to get a lot of Christmas sales, so we predict that’s when it could release to Indiegogo supporters.
As previously mentioned on our Retrospect Podcast many technology and handheld manufacturers are being hit with a lack of chips being built because of the pandemic so normal retail buyers could be waiting as long as early 2022.
AYN will have to have a lot of stock to keep up with demand, because as soon as they let the foot of the peddle we’ll see another company want a piece of the pie. Heck, the Powkiddy X18S is due to drop any week now so they competition is already here!
What’s your thoughts on this handheld? Let us know over on Twitter @retro_dodo, we’d love to hear your thoughts!