AYN Loki will be an affordable Windows gaming PC handheld (from the makers of AYN Odin Android handheld)

AYN Loki will be an affordable Windows gaming PC handheld (from the makers of AYN Odin Android handheld)

The company behind the Android-powered AYN Odin handheld game console has announced that they are working on a new model with an almost identical design, but one important difference: AYN Loki is a handheld gaming PC running Windows.

According to a short teaser video, Loki will be “the most affordable Windows handheld ever made,” with prices starting at $299 $239 for an entry-level model with a 12th-generation Intel Core processor or $499 for models with AMD Ryzen 6000U chips with RDNA 2 graphics. Update: AYN Loki is now available for pre-order, for $239 and up, and it comes in four different versions: AYN Loki Mini, Loki Mini Pro, Loki and Loki Max.

AYN will offer several different configurations of the Loki handheld, including an entry-level AYN Loki Mini priced as low as $239, with a choice of an Intel Celeron or Pentium processor based on the 12th generation Intel Core architecture or an AMD Mendocino processor, which is a budget chip that combines Zen 2 CPU cores with RDNA 2 graphics.

While AYN had initially only teased the Intel option, it appears that the company has decided to offer an AMD Mendocino option in the days following rival handheld manufacturer AYA’s announcement of the upcoming AYA Neo Air Plus gaming handheld PC which with an AMD Mendocino processor and $289 starting price.

Higher priced versions of AYN’s Loki handheld will feature AMD Ryzen 6000U chips with Zen 3+ CPU cores and higher performance RDNA 2 integrated graphics.

Loki Mini Loki Mini Pro Loki Loki Max
Show 6 inches
1920 x 1080 pixels
IPS LCD
Processor

Intel Celeron 7305 (Alder Lake U w/5 cores, 5 threads)

or

AMD Mendocino (Zen 2)

Intel Pentium 8505 (Alder Lake U w/5 cores, 6 threads)

or

AMD Mendocino (Zen 2)

AMD Ryzen 5 6600U
Zen 3+ architecture
6 cores / 12 threads
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
Zen 3+ architecture
8 cores / 16 threads
Graphics

12th Gen Intel UHD @ 1.1 GHz w/48 eu

or

AMD RDNA 2

AMD Radeon 660M
6 GPU computing cores
AMD Radeon 680M
12 GPU computing cores
RAM

8 GB

LPDDR4x-4266 (Intel)

LPDDR5-6400 (AMD)

8GB / 16GB
LPDDR5-6400 MHz
16 GB
LPDDR5-6400 MHz
Storage 128 GB
M.2 2230 PCIe NVMe SSD
microSD card reader
128 GB / 256 GB / 512 GB
M.2 2230 PCIe NVMe
microSD card reader
512 GB
M.2 2230 PCIe NVMe
microSD card reader
Wireless Wi-Fi 6E
Bluetooth 5.2
Battery 26.5 Wh 40.5 Wh 46.2 Wh
Harbors USB 4.0 (Intel) or USB 3.2 (AMD)
3.5 mm audio
microSD card reader
USB 4
3.5 mm audio
microSD card reader
Control Full controller w/Xbox style layout
Hall sensor analog triggers
Gyroscope
Rumble support
Size and weight 15 mm thick

362 grams

20 mm thick

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Colors transparent black, white black and white black and white black and white
Price $239 $279 (Intel)
$299 (AMD)
$489 (8GB / 128GB)
$579 (16GB / 256GB)
$649 (16GB / 512GB)
$775

Update: When AYN first unveiled the Loki Mini and Mini Pro, the company said the Intel models would be available with 9W Celeron 7300 and Pentium Gold 8500 processor options, and priced at $249 and $299, respectively. But most likely due to competition, the company has upgraded the specifications of these models to 15W Celeron 7305 and Pentium Gold 8505 processors, while prices dropped to $239 and $279.

Backers of the AYN Odin crowdfunding campaign will be able to save $25 to $100 off these prices when they order a Loki. And according to Taki Udon, the storage is user-replaceable, meaning people who order one of the cheaper models may be able to upgrade to a larger SSD.

via @AYNTechnologies (Facebook)

While the teaser video makes it look like at least some models of AYN Loki will be the same size as the company’s Android-powered Odin handheld, YouTuber Taki Udon says that not all Loki models will be the same size, which suggests that “mini” and “max” refer to more than just prices and specifications.

That is not to say that the new model is identical to Odin in terms of physical design. It looks like Loki’s display may be slightly smaller than the Android-powered Odin’s 5.98-inch 1080p display

Another way that AYN Loki looks a little different than Odin: the company’s Android-powered Odin has action buttons with a Nintendo-style X, A, B, Y layout, while Loki will have an Xbox-style Y, B , A, X – configuration. This change makes sense for a Windows handheld, as Microsoft’s operating system includes built-in support for Xbox-style controllers.

Other details we can glean from the video include that the USB-C port, audio jack, and microphone all remain unchanged, as do the rest of the buttons, analog joysticks, and D-Pad.

/r/LokiHandheld (via u/TakiMaki_YT)

It’s unclear when the new AYN Loki will be available for purchase, but you can find more details about the company’s existing Android-based AYN Odin handhelds with ARM processors on the AYN website or its Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.

That model is available for purchase with prices starting at $197 for an AYN Odin Lite with a MediaTek Dimensity 900 processor and Android 11 software (although that model has yet to ship), $239 for an Odin Base with a Snapdragon 845 processor, 4GB of RAM , 64GB of storage and Android 10 software or $289 for an Odin Pro with a Snapdragon chip, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

Just remember that the company is still working on sending devices to people who previously backed the crowdfunding campaign. So you may want to check AYN’s Shipping Dashboard page or Indiegogo updates to get a sense of how long it will take for orders placed now to ship.

via Taki Udon, Taki Udon’s Discord server and Ayn.Technologies (Instagram)

This article was first published on May 25, 2022 and last updated on May 30, 2022 with additional information about the processor and pricing options.

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