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DragonBox Pyra prototypes begin shipping (open source handheld gaming computer)

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The DragonBox Pyra is a handheld computer with a 5 inch display, a QWERTY keyboard and a built-in gamepad. It’s designed to run free and open source software, and it’s been under development for more than six years… and after all that time, project leader Michael Mzorek (EvilDragon) has finally begun shipping prototypes to customers who placed pre-orders for pre-production hardware.

Pyra-handheld forum member Grench ordered one of the first prototypes almost three years ago. He received it last week, and has shared some photos and initial impressions.

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It also supports 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 and has stereo speakers, a headset jack, a micro USB port, and an HDMI port. There’s also a “Mobile Edition” version of the Pyra with a 3G/4G modem.

The handheld PC features a backlit keyboard, a D-pad, analog sticks, a D-pad, and buttons that make the Pyra usable as a handheld gaming device. But it’s also a full-fledged computer that ships with a custom version of Debian Linux, although it also supports alternate operating systems.

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DragonBox Pyra open source gaming computers start shipping

  • DragonBox Pyra open source gaming computers start shipping

    Prototypes of the DragonBox Pyra open source handheld gaming computer have started shipping this week allowing those that ordered one of the first prototype’s to finally start playing. One search person is Pyra-handheld forum member Grench who has published a few images and first impressions of the DragonBox Pyra handheld gaming PC.

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