The Pandora open-source project is something Pocket Gamer has been following closely for quite some time, so we're delighted to finally hear a release date is coming for this intriguing little British-made beauty. The pre-order date has been set at September 30th, and with an initial production run of only 3000 units, it's likely to be quite a mad rush.

Despite being developed on a shoestring budget, the Pandora boasts the most powerful handheld processing power currently available - without the source code restrictions the other systems shackle themselves with. This is a machine that's designed to be supported by the open source development community, and being Linux-based, that's a broad spectrum of developers already lining up to get their hands on it.

Take a look at the tech specs, then edge toward the front of your seat in slavering anticipation:

  • ARM Cortex-A8 600Mhz+ CPU running Linux
  • 430-MHz TMS320C64x+ DSP Core
  • PowerVR SGX OpenGL 2.0 ES compliant 3D hardware
  • 800x480 4.3inch 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
  • GUI: gMenu, various X based desktops, Ubuntu etc. or make your own.

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