With Ayaneo releasing the Pocket S, and the Odin 2 being about six months old, it was only a matter of time before AYN got back on the horse. Over the past week, AYN has been trickling out different bits of information for a new gaming handheld. It began with a silhouette of a random device, revealing only its weight. Fast forward a few days, and we now know that the AYN Odin 2 Mini is the company’s latest handheld.

AYN Odin 2 Mini: Design

AYN Odin 2 Mini Exploded View

It’s impossible to look at the Odin 2 Mini and not immediately think of the PS Vita. We were hoping that Sony would have created a successor to the Vita, but that hasn’t happened. At least not yet.

The Odin 2 Mini has all of the right buttons, even down to the dual shoulder buttons and triggers. On the front, we have a D-Pad that looks practically identical to the one found on the Vita. It’s a bit tough to tell from the renders, but it also looks like we have Switch-style joysticks. However, AYN made the correct decision to offset the joysticks, as opposed to keeping them in line like the Vita.

After revealing that the Odin 2 Mini weighs 320 grams, AYN shared that its next handheld uses a MiniLED display. This is an immediate upgrade over the LCD touchscreen found on the Odin 2. However, this also gave us an idea that the Odin 2 Mini wouldn’t be a Retroid Pocket 4 Pro competitor. Notably, having a handheld that can reach up to 1100 nits of brightness means that you’ll be able to play this outside without worrying much about it not being bright enough.

AYN Odin 2 Mini Colors

The exploded view also gives us a look at the back, complete with the indentations on either side for your fingers to rest. We don’t know if these are touch-sensitive, but I would bet that not to be the case. Lastly, the Odin 2 Mini is available in either Black or White, which we’re happy to see.

AYN Odin 2 Mini: Specs

Once AYN started teasing its new device, there were obviously a lot of unanswered questions. Namely, whether this new handheld was set to replace the Odin 2, which remains the pound-for-pound best retro handheld, besides a Steam Deck. On the AYN Discord, the company clarified that it’s not positioning the device as a competitor or replacement for the Odin 2, stating that it is “mainly designed for portable purposes.”

Although it’s seen as a “side-grade,” the Odin 2 Mini will still reduce sales of the regular Odin 2. Especially when looking at the spec sheet, revealing that pretty much everything is the same between the Odin 2 and Odin 2 Mini.

AYN Odin 2 Mini Specs

The two major differences, besides the weight, are the battery and the screen size. The Odin 2 Mini features a smaller 5-inch touchscreen display, compared to the 6-inch screen of the Odin 2. As for the battery, AYN tossed a 5,000mAh cell in its latest handheld, leaving the Odin 2 and its 8,000mAh cell as the king.

AYN Odin 2 Mini: Price and Release Date

AYN Odin 2 Mini Pricing

The second-to-last piece of the puzzle was the price, which AYN swiftly shared. There are two configurations available, with the 8GB/128GB model priced at $339. Those who want a little more “oomph” can opt for the 12GB/256GB model, coming in at $399. The company says “All SKUs will include a free bag and screen protector during the pre-ordering period.” If you pre-order, you’ll receive a couple of freebies.

Odin 2 Mini Pre-order discount

You’ll need to move quickly.

AYN decided to wait a few more days before letting everyone know when you would actually be able to pre-order the Odin 2 Mini. Thankfully, the wait is almost over, as pre-orders open on May 20th at 6:30 PM PST (or 9:30 PM EST).

In an attempt to fuel the hype train even more, there are a few different coupons. You can save up to $30 for a limited time. AYN has confirmed there are 200 $30 coupons available, along with 300 $15 coupons. Even if you miss out on either of those, you’ll still save $10 if pre-ordering between May 20th and June 20th.

AYN Odin 2 Mini

Once you get your orders in, the timer begins. AYN says the Odin 2 Mini will begin shipping sometime in “late June.” It’s rather disappointing but doesn’t come as too much of a surprise. Between the Odin 2 Mini and Ayaneo Pocket S, there’s a lot to be excited about in the realm of Android handhelds.

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