Interest in handheld gaming has never really slowed down, it’s just that in the past, there were only a few options. Today, there are more and more handheld devices being manufactured that cater to different types of gamers. The Nintendo Switch is the first choice for most, while the Steam Deck and a few others such as the OneXplayer and AYA NEO are designed for gamers that want powerful hardware. Then there are Android handheld devices designed for retro gamers, such as the AYN Odin.
In this article, we’ll be comparing the AYN Odin Lite and AYN Odin Pro. The AYN Odin Pro has better specs than the AYN Odin Lite, but is there a significant enough difference in performance? Here’s a comparison chart of the two to start things off.
AYN Odin Lite vs Pro Comparison Chart
There’s no real difference between the AYN Odin Lite and Pro when it comes to design and build quality.
When it comes to design, there’s pretty much no difference between the AYN Odin Lite and Pro. They have the same physical dimensions, the same number of ports and they also have similar button layouts. The two devices also have RGB lighting zones at the base of the analog sticks and at each side, which you can disable if you’re not a fan.
Both handhelds measure 8.82 x 3.74 x 0.59 inches, so they have just the right size for a portable gaming machine. The company took inspiration from the design of the Nintendo Switch Lite—from the size of the handheld down to the button layout. However, the AYN Odin handhelds are more ergonomic since they have a curved body with grips at the back.
As for build quality, these two feel solid and sturdy. The buttons don’t feel mushy and they are responsive and tactile. Once you put your hands on either of these handhelds, you’ll feel that they are quality products.
You can get the AYN Odin Lite in black, transparent black, white and transparent white, while the AYN Odin Pro is available in black or clear purple.
Their displays are also pretty much the same. They both sport 5.98-inch IPS LCD touch screens that have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. These displays have a max refresh rate of 60Hz. Since these are IPS displays, the colors are vibrant, but the blacks have a shade of grey. Overall, the screens are nothing special, but they do what they are supposed to do.
Ports and Buttons
As mentioned earlier, the AYN Odin Lite and Pro have the same ports and button layout. Both of them have a USB-C charging port and a 3.5mm headphone jack at the bottom. At the top, there’s a rubber flap that houses the microSD card expansion slot and their mini HDMI out. There are vents at the back and at the top for active cooling.
The AYN Odin Lite and Pro have the same button layout as the Nintendo Switch Lite, except for the placement of the select and start buttons. They have offset analog sticks, a very good d-pad, Y-X-B-A face buttons and L/R bumpers and triggers. Aside from these, both AYN Odin models also have back buttons, which can be remapped.
Hardware and Features
The Mediatek Dimensity 900 of the AYN Odin Lite is newer and more efficient, but the AYN Odin Pro’s Snapdragon 845 has better support and GPU performance.
The biggest difference between the AYN Odin Lite and Pro is in their internal hardware. The AYN Odin Lite is equipped with the newer Mediatek Dimensity D900 which is more efficient than the Snapdragon 845 inside the AYN Odin Pro. However, the Snapdragon 845 has the faster GPU, and when it comes to optimization and compatibility, the Snapdragon 845 has the advantage over the Dimensity 900 SoC.
Another difference between the two devices is with their storage and RAM. The AYN Odin Lite has 4GB RAM and it only has a 64GB variant. On the other hand, the AYN Odin Pro has 8GB RAM and three storage options—64GB, 128GB and 256GB. The difference in RAM can be felt, but since both devices have a microSD card slot, the difference in storage is not that big of a deal.
When it comes to connectivity, the newer AYN Odin Lite will have WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2. Both of which are a step up over the WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 5.0 of the AYN Odin Pro. The AYN Odin Lite’s WiFi 6 will give you better performance when streaming games.
Both handhelds run on Android, but the difference is that the AYN Odin Lite is shipped with Android 11 while the AYN Odin Pro comes with Android 10. The two are designed for native Android gaming, emulation and game streaming. The AYN Odin Pro, which has the Snapdragon 845, can also run Windows on ARM, allowing you to play some games that are only on Windows.
However, Windows on ARM is an open source project with a lot of kinks that still need polishing, and you’ll have to install it yourself. For some, this is easy, but for most people, it may not be worth the hassle.
You’ll have a much better gaming experience with the AYN Odin Pro than the Odin Lite.
There are a bunch of things that you can do on both the AYN Odin Lite and Pro. They can run native Android games and the performance offered by both in this area is somewhat of a mixed bag. The newer Dimensity 900 SoC of the AYN Odin Lite can run some games better, while some games that are optimized for Snapdragon SoCs will run better on the AYN Odin Pro.
You can also use emulators for both handhelds, and this is what these handhelds are designed for. The AYN Odin Pro offers better performance here as it can run Gamecube games without issues. You can also emulate some PS2 and Wii games on the Pro model. In contrast, the AYN Odin Lite can only smoothly emulate up to Gamecube games, and it will struggle with Wii and PS2 emulation.
Another use for these handhelds is streaming. You can stream games from your PC and consoles, as well as cloud streaming services such as Game Pass. In this area, the WiFi 6 of the AYN Odin Lite should offer better performance than the WiFi 5 of the AYN Odin Pro.
Go with the AYN Odin Lite if your primary purpose is streaming games, but if you want to play native Android games and better emulation, the AYN Odin Pro is the better choice.
AYN Odin Lite
Best for streaming
AYN Odin Pro
Best for Android games and emulation
The AYN Odin Lite and Pro both offer excellent value. These are the best Android handhelds right now, when it comes to emulation. They have active cooling for better performance than smartphones and tablets that have comparable specs, and the controls are responsive and a joy to use. These are definitely worth buying if you want a handheld device for playing Android games, emulation and streaming. That said, the AYN Odin Lite is the better pick if your main use-case is streaming due to its WiFi 6 connectivity. For Android gaming, emulation and playing Windows on ARM games, the AYN Odin Pro is the wiser choice.
The AYN Odin can emulate up to Gamecube, and some Wii and PS2 games.
The AYN Odin Pro supports Windows on ARM, so it can technically play Steam games. However, don’t expect a very smooth experience. Aside from that, you can also stream Steam games from your PC via Steam Link or Moonlight.
The AYN Odin base and pro models will be able to run some less demanding Wii games, but the Lite version won’t.
The AYN Odin is a handheld gaming device that runs on Android. It can play Android games, it can be used for emulation, and it can be a streaming handheld device.