Pandora Game Console / Handheld PC Nears Launch

Pandora Teaser Graphic

This is kind of exciting — in a geeky sort of way. The open source Pandora handheld is just about ready to launch judging by the latest demo videos posted on the project’s blog. I always knew the Pandora guys were basing the gaming device on Linux and using emulation software, but I had no idea that they were going to also provide a full desktop environment as well. You could say… it’s more of a pocketsize netbook now (about the size of a Nintendo DS). Expected MSRP is $330.

Pandora - Credit: mweston

Feature highlights:
Operating system – Ångström-Linux (Wikipedia states Pandora is compatible w/ Ubuntu, Gentoo as well)
Desktop evironment – Xfce (works well w/ GTK apps)
CPU – Texas Instruments 600Mhz ARM processor
Graphics – Texas Instruments 430Mhz DaVinci video processor
4.3-inch (800×480) touchscreen
43 button QWERTY and number keypad
10+ hour battery life
Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR
Dual SDHC card slots
TV out (composite, S-video)

Working emulators: Dreamcast, PlayStation, Amiga, Super NES, Atari Jaguar and Sega Mega Drive software (Nintendo 64 emulator is under development)



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