This #DragonBox #Pyra, a portable open-sourced mini-computer / gaming PC is presently available for pre-order. The modular equipment — that looks like an overweight Nintendo 3DS, by a QWERTY keyboard, and runs Debian Linux — holds been in development since 2014 and comes by a pretty average, but interchangeable spec sheet:
TI OMAP 5 dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 processor
5-inch 720p resistive touchscreen
SIM-Card slot (on the LTE version)
Modular CPU-board “RAM, CPU, and storage”, mainboard “all ports,
Bluetooth and Wi-Fi”, also display-board
microSDXC (can be used to increase storage)
6,000mAh replaceable battery
Two SDXC card slots, one internal, 32GB of internal eMMC storage
HDMI video out, 2 USB 2 ports, 1 Micro USB 3.0, 1 Micro-USB (charging).
If a more recent CPU becomes you don’t need to buy a new unit, but only a CPU board and replace it.
That saves money in the long term and is environment-friendly. The same applies to the other boards as well.
The modular options make the Pyra an attractive device, particularly if enough people buy it, and updated parts are easily available over the coming years. The device will be able to run software like LibreOffice and Firefox, as well as Linux and console games (using an emulator). While there is no firm release date for the DragonBox Pyra as of yet, you can preorder it today starting at $575 (€500).
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