DragonBox Pyra, Linux powered handheld

The mostly anticipated Linux handheld, DragonBox Pyra, is now available to pre-order. It has a full keyboard, gaming controlls and is the successor of the Open Pandora. It is supposed that the release date should be approximately in early 2016.

Pyra vision is to become a pocket device for gaming and everyday computing. With Pyra you will do every day tasks like your work in your computer, web browsing, server administration, office work and coding.

DragonBox Pyra is supported by GNU/Linux. A cool thing about Pyra is that it doesn’t collect data about you and protects your privacy. Pyra got a really powerful CPU, a dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 and one of the best batteries on the game. If you are a gamer, you will love Pyra. Except the analog nubs, it got great gaming controllers. Also it got a 5″ screen with 1280×720 pixels.

Creators of Pyra brag about their touchscreen and tell us that it is the best around, and they are right. Pyra has aresistive touch screen, which offers high accuracy and multi-touch options. In aspect of connectivity, Pyra supports 4G/3G/UMTS/GPS, Micro USB, Mini USB and MicroHDMI.

For a full list of tech specs check the bullet points below:

  • SOC: TI OMAP5432, 2x Cortex A15 (up to 1.7Ghz each), 2x Cortex M4 CPU, PowerVR SGX544-MP2, Vivante GC320 2D Accelerator, DSP, Neon
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Display: LCD, 5 inches Full HD display (response time 20ms, same as the one used for the Google Nexus 5), 720p
  • Battery: expected to be at least the same as the existing Pandora‚Äôs (4000 mA)
  • Connectivity: Wifi (802.11 a/b/g/n), Bluetooth, optional UMTS/3G module and GPS, mini-HDMI out to connect on standard screens, Full USB port 2.0, MicroUSB port 3 (OTG) and 2 (for charging and debugging purposes), 2 SDXC card slots, and a audio jack port
  • OS: will be Debian, with a repository for Pyra packages, there will be also a standard Debian repository for standard Debian software