Open Pandora Laptop-Like Linux Handheld Available for Pre-Order

Open Pandora Laptop-Handheld

This is the Open Pandora. (Click for the photo gallery)

The Open Pandora, a laptop-like handheld computer based on an OMAP processor and Linux OS will go into mass production next month, after four years of waiting, and is available for pre-order now.

Pandora’s design and features are based on suggestions and requests by open source comunity gathered on the gp32x forums. The device runs a modified version of Angstrom-Linux distro and is primarily oriented toward game emulations. It has a 4.3″ resistive-touch screen and game controls on the base, alongside the QWERTY keyboard.

Here are the Pandora specs:

  • Texas Instruments OMAP3530 processor at 600MHz (officially)
  • 256MB DDR-333 SDRAM
  • 512MB NAND FLASH memory
  • IVA2+ audio and video processor using TI’s DaVinci™ technology (430MHz C64x DSP)
  • ARM® Cortex™-A8 superscalar microprocessor core
  • PowerVR SGX530 (110MHz officially) OpenGL ES 2.0 compliant 3D hardware
  • integrated Wifi 802.11b/g (up to 18dBm output)
  • integrated Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR (3Mbps) (Class 2, + 4dBm)
  • 800×480 resolution LTPS LCD with resistive touch screen, 4.3″ widescreen, 16.7 million colors (300 cd/m2 brightness, 450:1 contrast ratio)
  • Dual analog controllers
  • Full gamepad controls plus shoulder buttons
  • Dual SDHC card slots (up to 64GB of storage currently)
  • headphone output up to 150mW/channel into 16 ohms, 99dB SNR (up to 24 bit/48KHz)
  • TV output (composite and S-Video)
  • Internal microphone plus ability to connect external microphone through headset
  • Stereo line level inputs and outputs
  • 43 button QWERTY and numeric keypad
  • USB 2.0 OTG port (1.5/12/480Mbps) with capability to charge device
  • USB 2.0 HOST port (480Mbps) capable of providing the full 500mA to attached devices (examples include USB memory, keyboard, mouse, 3G modem, GPS)
  • up to two externally accessible UARTs and/or four PWM signals for hardware hacking, robot control, debugging, etc.
  • un-brickable design with integrated boot loader for safe code experimentation
  • Power and hold switch useful for “instant on” and key lockout to aid in media player applications on the go
  • Runs on the Linux operating system (2.6.x)
  • Dimensions: 140×83.4×27.5mm
  • Weight: 335g (with 4000mAh battery)

The handheld costs 375 EUR (for international customers) or 445 EUR (for EU-Customers, incl. 19% VAT).

Via: UMPC Portal

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  1. whats the price? well ok it’s listed, but is there any movement will this come to light? when can we give you our money?

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