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Pandora handheld readies for pre-order

Pandora handheld readies for pre-order

The Pandora may be focusing on function over form, but with full-speed Amiga emulation already we'll let it slide.

The Pandora handheld, an open-source handheld console geared towards homebrew software, will go on preorder soon it has been revealed and the company has set the pre-order date at the 30th of September.

The Pandora is an open-source, fully capable system in a clamshell just a bit bigger than a Nintendo DS. It sports a wide range of connectivity options - everything from WiFi to USB - as well as having a decent 800x480 LCD touchscreen on top.

The first batch of units is set to ship at the end of November, with 3000 units being available worldwide this year and the next lot shipping out at the start of 2009. Priced at just £199 (or $329) in the UK, the Pandora is quite the bargain considering the formidable system (for a handheld), so check them out below!
  • ARM® Cortex™-A8 600Mhz+ CPU running Linux
  • 430-MHz TMS320C64x+™ DSP Core
  • PowerVR SGX OpenGL 2.0 ES compliant 3D hardware
  • 800x480 4.3" 16.7 million colours touchscreen LCD
  • Wifi 802.11b/g, Bluetooth & High Speed USB 2.0 Host
  • Dual SDHC card slots & SVideo TV output
  • Dual Analogue and Digital gaming controls
  • 43 button QWERTY and numeric keypad
  • Around 10+ Hours battery life
The Pandora is being heavily marketed as a open source system with emulation, homebrew and free games or demos being of vital importance. Already an impressive amount of software is creeping out from early developer samples - including full-speed Amiga emulation, which is a good sign.

Are you planning on picking up a Pandora, or are you going to be happy with your DS or PDA? Let us know in the forums.

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koola 23rd September 2008, 13:09 Quote
Meh, I'm sticking with my PSP for commercial and iPhone for homebrew.
mikeuk2004 23rd September 2008, 13:10 Quote
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Are you planning on picking up a Pandora, or are you going to be happy with your DS or PDA? Let us know in the forums.
Er..No. ill stick with my PSP thanks. My DS and PDA are sat in a draw gathering dust. Plus, that thing looks ugly and not very ergonomic
CardJoe 23rd September 2008, 13:14 Quote
Funny - My PSP is sat in the drawer for the same reason. Too big, too heavy, actually painful to use for long periods. It's my DS that gets the love - small, discrete, comfy.
shigllgetcha 23rd September 2008, 13:48 Quote
why will this allow homebrew/emulation when nintendo and sony wont?
wont they be just as afraid of copyright infringement?
Bauul 23rd September 2008, 13:52 Quote
Amiga emulation for the win! Bring on the Toki love.
Omnituens 23rd September 2008, 13:55 Quote
I'd like one, but I don't think I'd use it that often.

DS ftw!
jfab199+ 23rd September 2008, 14:12 Quote
I'd like one, but empty pockets won't allow it. Need to mod my PSP for custom firmware, but don't have that much time as a Grad student.
CardJoe 23rd September 2008, 14:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by shigllgetcha
why will this allow homebrew/emulation when nintendo and sony wont?

Because when you buy a DS or PSP (Wii, 360, etc) then you agree to terms and conditions. They want to keep the system CLOSED, so that they be the only ones to make or license games for them so that they can make money for it. If it's an OPEN platform, like the PC, then anyone can make money off of it without having to pay anyone else.

Pandora is hoping to be profitable enough on hardware that they don't need to sell software or games, while Sony and so forth sell their systems at a loss (except for the Wii) so that they can make money out of the games.
proxess 23rd September 2008, 15:01 Quote
seems like fun! i wonder if we can get some codecs onto it for media as well?
shigllgetcha 23rd September 2008, 15:10 Quote
o ok i thought it was that the original creator of the game that youve just emulated that would be against it. like they wouldnt be getting any "rolyalties" (not the right term i know) for a game they had developed and would have gotten if you had gone through the proper channels to get.

i guess i took it up wrong.
CardJoe 23rd September 2008, 15:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by shigllgetcha
o ok i thought it was that the original creator of the game that youve just emulated that would be against it. like they wouldnt be getting any "rolyalties" (not the right term i know) for a game they had developed and would have gotten if you had gone through the proper channels to get.

i guess i took it up wrong.

That too, but it's a different argument. To run an emulated game you usually need a ROM, which is an illegal copy of the game.
sotu1 23rd September 2008, 15:33 Quote
actually this looks cool. the DS is ok as a PDA, but i want something better suited to performing mini ofice tasks...like the eee....so wh don't i get an eeee???
hawky84 23rd September 2008, 15:35 Quote
my one penny's and two penny's are getting put aside as we speak :D will hopefully have this on pre-order
shigllgetcha 23rd September 2008, 16:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
That too, but it's a different argument. To run an emulated game you usually need a ROM, which is an illegal copy of the game.

thats more the point i was making tbh.

it does sound good tho. not sure if my hard earned would go into buying this but never know
pendragon 23rd September 2008, 18:35 Quote
am I the only one who immediate thought this was about www.pandora.com upon reading the news title? :)
DXR_13KE 23rd September 2008, 18:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by proxess
seems like fun! i wonder if we can get some codecs onto it for media as well?

i think so, they say it may run some light linux distros....
CardJoe 23rd September 2008, 19:04 Quote
Standard OS is some Linux variant too.
Zeus-Nolan 24th September 2008, 03:30 Quote
Is there any info on what it will ship with in the box / software
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