This cheap Android smartphone could be a great emulation tool

Android smartphone could be a great emulation tool

Android-powered gaming handhelds offer a solid alternative for the Nintendo Switch. They can access a wide range of native Android games and emulators. We haven’t yet seen any major releases except GPD XP.

  • Indiegogo has launched a new Android gaming device, starting at $195
  • The Odin handheld console can be equipped with either a Snapdragon 845 SoC or Dimensity 1,000C SoC.

The Odin is a new Android handset from AYN (h/t Liliputing and Redditor berd95). IndieGogo preview pages show a device that will be available in three versions: the Odin Base and Odin Pro, as well as Odin Lite.

Android smartphone could be a great emulation tool
Android smartphone could be a great emulation tool

The FHD LCD panel measures 5.98 inches (16:9, Dragontrail Glass), Wi-Fii 5, Bluetooth 5.0 and has an HDMI-out, USB C port, and stereo speakers. There are some notable differences.

Odin Lite Odin Base Odin Pro
Screen Odin Lite:

5.98-inch IPS LCD
1,920 x 1,080
16:9

Odin Base:

5.98-inch IPS LCD
1,920 x 1,080
16:9

Odin Pro:

5.98-inch IPS LCD
1,920 x 1,080
16:9

Chipset Odin Lite:

Mediatek Dimensity 1000C

Odin Base:

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845

Odin Pro:

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845

RAM/storage Odin Lite:

4GB/64GB

Odin Base:

4GB/64GB

Odin Pro:

8GB/128GB

Battery Odin Lite:

5,000mAh
Non-removable

Odin Base:

5,000mAh
Non-removable

Odin Pro:

6,000mAh
Non-removable

Operating system Odin Lite:

Android 11

Odin Base:

Android 10

Odin Pro:

Android 10

Odin Base and Lite versions have 4GB RAM, 64GB UFS 2.1 storage and a 5,000mAh rechargeable battery. The Odin Pro has 8GB RAM, 128GB storage and 6,000mAh batteries. The Lite model ships with Android 11, while the Base and Pro models ship with Android 10.

Base and Pro models offer a Snapdragon 845 chipset. The Lite model offers a Mediatek Dimensity 1,000C processor. WhileMediaTek’ss chipset may have newer CPU cores than the Qualcomm processor, and we believe Qualcomm’s GPU is more powerful.

This is a significant upgrade to other Android smartphones on the market with lower mid-range specs. While the Snapdragon 845 was the engine for 2018’s flagships, it should still run many Dolphin emulator games.

You have two staggered analogue sticks, one D-pad, four buttons for the face and four buttons for the shoulder (two of which are analogue triggers), and vibration support.

Although the AYN Odin IndieGogo campaign is yet to kick-off, the preview page shows the Odin Lite will retail at HK$1,519 or $195. The Odin Base will cost HK$1,753 or $225, and the Pro variant will retail at HK$2,142 ($275). Early bird pricing is available at HK$1,285 ($165), HK$1,550($199) and HK$1,940/$249.

It is important to take this product seriously as crowdfunding projects by unknown companies can pose a risk. Shipping is available for November 2021 and December 2021. This means that you don’t have to wait long to find out if it is worth your time.

What Android-based gaming device would you consider buying?

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