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Ayn Odin Android gaming handheld set to ship to initial backers on January 17

The first 200 Ayn Odin units will ship on Monday. (Image via Ayn Odin Indiegogo)
The first 200 Ayn Odin units will ship on Monday. (Image via Ayn Odin Indiegogo)
The Ayn Odin handheld gaming console is finally set to ship on Monday, January 17. However, only the first 200 backers will be shipped a device at this time. While production is ongoing, closures due to the celebration of Chinese New Year are sure to delay future shipments.

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The Android-based handheld gaming market has exploded over the last few years. With multiple devices launching every month, it’s hard for a single company to stand out. However, Ayn made waves in 2020 with its Odin handheld. After an almost two-year wait, Ayn will finally ship the Odin gaming handheld… to the first 200 backers.

The Odin is set to ship on Monday following multiple shipping delays. Delays aren’t unusual for Indiegogo projects, particularly electronics-related ones. After working out some last-minute bugs, Ayn announced today in a blog post that the first 200 Odin handhelds will ship to the first-in-line backers on Monday, January 17.

While most Android-based gaming devices are built with cheaper, low-powered silicon, the Ayn Odin boasts a Snapdragon 845 with 4 GB of LPDDR4x RAM. While that SoC is four years old at this point, it’s still a capable chip with some solid gaming chops. Compared to the Rockchip and MediaTek SoCs commonly seen in other handhelds, the 845 should be able to handle most Android games and emulation thrown at it. Considering the price (~US$240-280), it offers a decent price/performance ratio. However, recent devices like the Powkiddy X18S may outshine the Odin at a lower price.

Other backers will have to wait for Ayn to catch up on manufacturing demand. Chinese New Year occurs at the end of January and on into February, and Ayn has already stated that most workers will be taking time off for the holiday. This will inevitably push production back for other backers, so it may be some time before others get their hands on the Odin.

What do you think about the Ayn Odin? Have you pre-ordered a unit? Let us know in the comments.

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I've been a computer geek my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a database administrator. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news and reviews. I've also written for other outlets including UltrabookReview and GeeksWorldWide, focusing on consumer guidance and video gaming. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not writing on electronics or tinkering with a device, I'm either outside with my family, enjoying a decade-old video game, or playing drums or piano.
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Sam Medley, 2022-01-14 (Update: 2022-01-14)