Friday, 3 October 2008

All About The Pandora

In this section we will explore the Pandora UMPC device ...

Technical Specifications
Core CPU - Texas Instruments ARM® Cortex™-A8 600Mhz+ CPU (Overclockable to 900MHZ+)
Graphics CPU - PowerVR SGX GPU, will handle OpenGL ES 2.0, several million polygons per second!!
System RAM - 128MB DDR SDRAM
Flash RAM - 256MB Internal Flash (used for storing OS and Apps then SD Card for more!
Display - 800x480 4.3" 16.7 million colours touchscreen LCD
Storage - Dual SDHC card slots - thats x2 32GB possible giving 64GB!!
Controls - Joypad PLUS Dual Analoge controls
Keyboard - 43 button QWERTY and numeric keypad
Other Interfaces - Bluetooth, High Speed USB 2.0, SVideo TV output
Battery Type - Removeable, 4000MaH battery, chargeable via USB
Battery Life - 10 hours plus for normal usage, over 100 hours for MP3 playback
Dimensions - 93.6 x 56.2 mm - a little bigger than a Nintendo DS
To see what the Pandora looks like, watch this YouTube video...

Operating System(s)
The core kernel for the pandora will support linux 2.6x. It is unknown yet as to which flavour of Linux the device will ship with, it is anticipated that it will be OpenPandora which will be compatible with Debian ArmTel packages.

However the device is flashable which means you can apply whichever flavour of Linux you want (making some tweaks along the way!!).

Here are some YouTube Videos of the Pandora running Ubuntu 8.04 and using Firefox web browser and other applications:

The emulators shown working below present a small snaphot of things happening on the Pandora front. Please note most of these emulators will be even faster when the Pandora is finally released, the YouTube videos show the emulators running on development systems:




Sony Playstation 1 (Awesome!!)


Here is a clip of Quake2 ..

Release Date
November 2008

Pre-Orders are now being undertaken for the pandora, from what we understand, the initial worldwide release of the device will be limited to 3000 units for Qtr 4 2008, with more to follow in 2009.

More Info
Can be obtained from the official Pandora site here ..

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