Pandora Linux Handheld Gaming Console Back on Pre-Order After Sell Out

September 14, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Pandora, the Linux-based gaming handheld, is back on pre-order. The first 1,000 pre-orders have been shipped since they became available in May.

The Pandora, which is designed to take advantage of existing open source software and to be a target for home-brew development, is basically a miniature computer device running Linux.

While the device is primarily a handheld gaming console, due to it’s open source nature you can pretty much run anything on it. It includes several features that no handheld game consoles have previously had, making it a cross between a handheld game console and a subnotebook. It comes with a 4.3-inch screen and runs web browsers and some desktop software, such as OpenOffice. In addition to a D-pad, buttons and analog joysticks, it also comes equipped with a full QWERTY keyboard. It also comes with WiFi 802.11b/g, Bluetooth & High Speed USB 2.0.

The device, which is sold for $350, can be pre-ordered now and the makers hope to ship another 3,000 units by the holidays. The Register reports that the next batch of units are in production, and pre-order units should start shipping sometime in December.

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