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> Pandora, details of a genuine Z killer!
post Dec 22 2007, 01:24 AM
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For the last year or two it seems that one of the main topics of discussion on this board has been the arrival of new PDA's and UMPC's that might be a worthy Z replacement. Although some of these units have offered some superior specs, they'd always fall short somehow ie no clamshell, no Linux support, inferior screen or something.

Well, thankfully it would seem our calls for a REAL Z replacement have finally been answered with PANDORA (is this the first female computer since the Amiga??) which is due to be released Spring 2008 for around 199 (they hope!). Check out these specs!

~800Mhz ARM CORTEX cpu
Clamshell design!
On-board wifi
Linux/X11 as standard!
800x480 screen
USB2 host
7M poly/s 3D accel
A/V output
2 x SDHC slots
keyboard AND joypad

There you go! Pretty much everything we were hoping for in a new Zaurus but from a relatively unknown British company. Why has it took so long for someone to put something like this together when there have been so many suitable dev boards to base such a design upon for years? I'm just hoping the build quality of these things can match the Z, if they manage that at 199 I'm sure it'll be a HUGE success and could well be the device to break Linux open to much wider, more mainstream audience?

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danboid   Pandora   Dec 22 2007, 01:24 AM
xjqian   keyboard looks horrible. Build quality (plastic?) ...   Dec 22 2007, 03:38 AM
Dromede   Oh my god, that thing looks horrible. The specs ar...   Dec 22 2007, 06:36 AM
Snappy   Could be promising, but the color combo is killing...   Dec 22 2007, 09:24 AM
Dromede   dammit, those specs are awesome. But i hope they c...   Dec 22 2007, 09:47 AM
jfv   Is it by the same people who makes the GP2X? It lo...   Dec 22 2007, 10:41 AM
Capn_Fish   http://www.engadget.com/2007/12/20/gp2x-co...dubbe...   Dec 22 2007, 11:52 AM
danboid   Oh dear! OESF is NOT impressed with the Pando...   Dec 22 2007, 12:51 PM
tg   There are some really ugly designs out there (to m...   Dec 22 2007, 03:26 PM
nilch   Oh no, not another hope of a Zaurus replacement an...   Dec 22 2007, 05:15 PM
Capn_Fish   Perhaps v2.0 will be better (or the non-mock-up).   Dec 22 2007, 05:29 PM
adf   I LIKE it. I spent a few hours today trying to ge...   Dec 22 2007, 06:50 PM
danboid   So, apart from me and ADF, nobody likes it because...   Dec 23 2007, 12:50 AM
tg   QUOTE(danboid @ Dec 23 2007, 03:50 AM) So...   Dec 23 2007, 04:39 AM
fpp   Personally I don't give a damn if it's ugl...   Dec 23 2007, 07:53 AM
Capn_Fish   I donn't care if it's ugly, but that keybo...   Dec 23 2007, 08:34 AM
Chero   This one already looks a bit better : The black ve...   Dec 23 2007, 10:43 AM
ZDevil   The first impression of the pics: Terrible keyboa...   Dec 23 2007, 06:02 PM
adf   QUOTE(ZDevil @ Dec 23 2007, 05:02 PM) The...   Dec 23 2007, 06:50 PM
tg   It does not matter how well it is supported when i...   Dec 23 2007, 08:12 PM
cycle_55   I've been watching this discussion for a few d...   Dec 23 2007, 09:42 PM
nilch   The Looks vs Functionality debate is a very old on...   Dec 24 2007, 07:39 AM
speculatrix   the pictures are rendered from a CAD drawing, so I...   Dec 26 2007, 02:36 PM
geeko   The specs are awesome, but the keyboard looks terr...   Dec 27 2007, 03:16 PM
the_oak   Looks could be improved greatly by just making all...   Dec 28 2007, 09:44 AM
desertrat   I can put up with the crappy look of the keyboard,...   Jan 2 2008, 03:02 PM
relei   Hello, that is a device for gamers it comes from ...   Jan 2 2008, 05:06 PM
relapse808   I personally like it. I dont think the actual har...   Jan 10 2008, 02:34 PM
Frederic Bergeron   Not a Z replacement as you cannot even type the le...   Jan 10 2008, 09:47 PM
teh.sean   I think it looks pretty awesome as a GAME platform...   May 14 2008, 08:06 AM
Tom61   Here's a video of the prototype running a slid...   May 20 2008, 05:24 PM
Jiba   I agree that the design is weird : the case is too...   Jun 3 2008, 02:40 PM
adf   QUOTE(Jiba @ Jun 3 2008, 02:40 PM) I agre...   Jun 3 2008, 03:53 PM
Capn_Fish   Didn't it say Wi-Fi/Bluetooth somewhere?   Jun 3 2008, 05:32 PM
bozo   WiFi, no Bluetooth   Jun 3 2008, 08:10 PM
canguy247   Actually, bluetooth is going to be included. Appa...   Jun 4 2008, 01:52 AM

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