And in this corner! Breaking the internet (or at least Indiegogo)! Is the launch of the Ayn Odin 2! That’s right, the Odin 2 has had its’ launch today and has in no way been the smoothest, but has absolutely been a smash hit. The Ayn Odin 2 launched this morning, August 22nd at 5am PST/8am EST, and right from the get go, they had so much traffic that the site went in and out for the first few minutes. But fear not! The campaign is not only still going, but in only 10 hours (as of 8/22 at 3:15pm PST) has already reached $715,000 dollars! If you want in on the campaign, you’ve still got a solid 30 days left to go if getting in early isn’t your thing.
Odin Schmodin though, what are the specs of this thing if it’s the first time you’ve heard of Ayn, an Odin, or whatever a retro handheld is. The Odin 2 is powered by a Snapdragon 8Gen2 processor. This puts it at the top of the power ladder and is something that could last you a long while emulation wise. Depending on the model you’ll get either 8, 12, or 16gb of ram, and 128, 256 or 512gb of storage respectively. Alongside that comes a massive 8,000mAh battery, Wifi 7, Bluetooth 5.3 and active cooling. All of which is packed away into a build of Android 13.
This is powering a 6 inch 1920 by 1080p IPS touch screen, and you can get that screen on any of the five color options. That includes Black, White, SNES (US), Transparent Purple, and Transparent Blue.
But that power comes at a price, and what might that price be? For early bird backers here on the Indiegogo, it’ll cost $299 for the 8gb model, $369 for the 12gb model, and $449 for the 16gb model. Those prices will raise to $339, $439, and $499 respectively once the Indiegogo campaign runs its course. Alongside that, Ayn also offers a number of accessories including the Super Dock for $48, a TPU case for $14, a Storage case for $13, or a 100 watt charger for $25. Oh- did I mention the Odin 2 has 65 watt fast charging? Because it does.
With all of this information in mind and in front of you, the last important thing to mention is shipping; both time and cost. The cost of shipping will range anywhere from $20 to $40 depending on your country. Here in the US and Canada shipping is $29, in the UK it’s only $23. However, depending on your country you may have to pay additional shipping fees.
Finally, shipping times: Ayn suggests mass shipments in December, and considering their development journey and process, that very well may be the case. However, as they have shown with the Odin and Loki, there will likely be delays and an increased wait time. Please keep that in mind when you go to pre-order through their campaign.
What do you think? Is it worth it? Can it scratch that itch new technology leaves when you buy it and realize something better is on the horizon 3 months from now? Maybe check your wallet before diving in, but the Odin 2 is really shaping up to be a fantastic handheld for future-proofers everywhere.
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