Ayn, maker of the Odin Android handheld, is releasing a line of what it calls the “most affordable” Windows handheld game consoles to date (via Liliputing). The cheapest of the bunch starts at just $299 – $100 less than the 64GB Steam Deck.
Ayn announced the news in a YouTube video and a series of Instagram posts, giving us a glimpse of what we can expect in terms of looks, tech specs, and price. While the entry-level $299 Loki Mini comes with 64GB of storage and an Intel Alder Lake U chip, the standard Loki handheld features an AMD Ryzen 5 6600U chip with three different storage options. : 64 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB, each costing $499, $599. , and $699, respectively. The $799 Loki Max features an upgraded AMD Ryzen 7 6800U chip and 512GB of storage.
If you are unhappy with the amount of storage that comes with the device, you may be able to upgrade after purchasing it. YouTuber Taki Udon has learned that each model can come with swappable storage, which means you might have the option to give your storage a boost if you start to run out of space (via Liliputing).
On the outside, it looks like the Ayn Loki inherits most of its design from the Switch-like Odin, but as Liliputing notes, it replaces a colored set of buttons in an X, A, B, Y configuration with a solid black or white scheme with the same Y, B, A, X arrangement you’ll find on an Xbox controller. There’s also a USB-C port and headphone jack on the bottom of the device.
Judging by another of Ayn’s Instagram posts, it looks like the Loki is set to drop tomorrow at 9:00 PM EST and will likely be available for purchase on her website. Taki Udon also indicates that Odin owners can get access to the Loki lineup at discounted prices, but it’s unclear how much Ayn will take off.
Ayn is just one of the brands trying to tackle the Steam Deck. Another company, Aya Neo, made its first portable gaming PC available on Indiegogo last year. It has since released with the Aya Neo 2 and Aya Neo Slide, both featuring the AMD Ryzen 7 6800U chip and Radeon 680M iGPU that could beat the Steam Deck on paper. Aya Neo has yet to release pricing information for these two models, but they likely won’t be as affordable as the entry-level Loki Mini or Steam Deck – most of Aya Neo’s handhelds cost more than $1000. That’s probably why Aya Neo just released the Aya Neo Air line, a set of lighter handhelds that start at $549 for an AMD Ryzen 5 5000U processor and 128GB of storage.