DragonBox Pyra

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DragonBox Pyra
Pyra logo-full.svg
Manufacturer OpenPandora GmbH
Type Handheld game console / UMPC / PDA hybrid
Operating system Debian
System-on-chip used Texas Instruments OMAP5432
CPU 1.5 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 with NEON SIMD
Memory GB (4 GB option)
Storage Dual SDXC slots, one internal microSD slot
Display 5" LCD resistive display, 720p
Graphics 533 MHz PowerVR SGX544MP2
Controller input D-pad
Connectivity Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB (all port sizes), MicroHDMI, headset port and 3G/4G/UMTS/GPS (optional)
Dimensions 139 mm x 87 mm x 32 mm
Predecessor OpenPandora
Website pyra-handheld.com

The DragonBox Pyra is an upcoming Linux-based handheld computer equipped with a keyboard and gaming controls. The project achieved protoyping state in 2015. On 1 May 2016 preorder became possible, with a final release date open.[1]

History[edit]

Pyra prototype with Debian, running a browser (3 May 2016).

The Dragonbox Pyra is the spiritual successor of the OpenPandora device, and shares some of the original Pandora team members. The Pyra is designed and developed in close connection with the OpenPandora community, taking their feedback and experience with the Pandora into account. The OpenPandora GmbH, residing in Germany, organizes design, prototyping and the production in Europe (Greece and Germany).

The Pyra was presented officially at the FOSDEM 2014 in Brussels.[2] In 2015 several working developer prototypes of the Pyra have been produced and were given to software developers for evaluation and software creation. Development and fine tuning of the final specifications is still ongoing.[3][4] Preorder of six Pyra variants (4 GB RAM and 3/4G mobile options) became possible on 1 May 2016.

Architecture[edit]

Like the predecessor OpenPandora, the Pyra includes features from several architectures making it a cross between a handheld game console, a subnotebook, a PDA, and a smartphone.

The Pyra design aims for modularity and openness in software as hardware alike. For instance the PCB is separated in three parts: CPU board (CPU, RAM and storage), mainboard (ports, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth) and the display board. The replaceable CPU board allows future upgrades of CPU and RAM. The Pyra is assembled with screws (not glued) and is therefore repair and modification friendly.

It was announced that the hardware schematics will be available (license unannounced), which would make the Pyra a kind of Open source hardware.[5] For compliance with the Free Software Foundation's "Respects Your Freedom" free hardware certificate the closed source SGX GPU driver was identified as only remaining software roadblock ("would be good to have free drivers, but we can't achieve this for the GPU" but the device may or may not run without a 3D driver, possibly free 2D driver is available or either could be made).[6] The certification is not only about bundled software, using proprietary software, or recommending it, such as non-free [emulated] games, but also about naming, e.g. Linux vs. GNU/Linux.

Software[edit]

The operating system will be based on the common open source Linux distribution Debian which allows the use of already available desktop open source applications from the Debian repository, for instance Firefox, Thunderbird, LibreOffice, GIMP etc. The around 1,500 applications, created for the mostly open source OpenPandora software ecosystem,[7] are expected to be available for the Pyra in short time by source ports.

Technical specifications[edit]

The various model specifications are summarized as follows:

Specification Base model Mobile model
Dimensions 139 mm x 87 mm x 32 mm
SoC Texas Instruments OMAP5432 (1.5 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 with 533 MHz PowerVR SGX544MP2)
Screen 5-inch LCD resistive display, 720p, 20 ms response time
Audio High-quality speakers, analogue volume wheel, 3.5 mm headphone jack, built-in-mic
Haptic feedback Force feedback vibramotor
Keyboard Four-row backlit QWERTY keyboard
Game controls D-pad, 6 face action buttons, 4 shoulder buttons, 2 clickable analog nubs
Ports Dual SDXC full size slots + one microSD slot underneath the battery
Micro-USB 3.0 on-the-go (OTG) port
Full-size USB 2.0 host port
Full-size USB 3.0 host port (only 2.0 speed until a CPU upgrade) with optional eSATA adapter (full SATA speed)
HDMI output through Type D (micro) port
Battery User-replaceable battery with 6000 mAh capacity
LEDs Fully configurable RGB LEDs for notifications
Connectivity Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 3G/4G module including GPS, a 6-axis digital compass, a pressure, humidity and gas sensor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1

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See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ dragonbox-pyra-now-available-preorder on The Verge (2 May 2016)
  2. ^ Pandoralive post about the FOSDEM news
  3. ^ DragonBox Pyra pre-orders begin (open Source handheld gaming PC) on liliputing.com (05/01/2016)
  4. ^ DragonBox Pyra : les news on open-consoles-news.com (2015)
  5. ^ Pyra on pyra-handheld.com "Full schematics will be available: You could. i.e. design your own custom mainboard and use Pyras CPU board to run it." (1 May 2016)
  6. ^ respects-your-freedom-certification on pyra-handheld.com
  7. ^ repo.openpandora.org "Apps: 1583, Dl's: 1225287" (6 May 2016)