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ODroid 2.1 is Available

The ODroid by Hardkernel, for those of you who forgot about this little device, is a handheld portable game console sporting the Android OS and looks like a PSP but with more buttons. You can also hook it up to your tv with 720p video output via HDMI should you want to show off your mad Farm Frenzy skills while at your buddy’s house.

ODroid comes in three flavors: Lite, Premium and Developers Edition with prices ranging from $199 for Lite to $349 for the Developers Edition. Originally this was suppose to ship with Android 1.5 but since then it has been upgraded to Android 2.1, so you can now have an Android 2.1 device for $199. For some reason the site still claims it ships with Android 1.5, no idea why, maybe it ships with 1.5 but gets upgraded to 2.1 right away. Either way the ODroid platform is ‘completely open’ for developers to develop on.

Official hardware/software stats:

Processor: Samsung S5PC100 Cortex-A8 833Mhz

Memory: 512MB DDR2

Flash: 10GB (replacable standard 2GB Micro-SD for u-boot/kernel/Android system, replacable standard 8GB SDHC for user data)

Display: 3.5-inch, 320 x 480 true-color capacitive touch screen.

Video: supports 720p via HDMI cable (H.264+AAC based MP4 format)

Video Out: mini-HDMI connector with SPDIF audio

Audio: Built-in speaker and microphone, standard 3.5mm headphone jack

I/O: USB 2.0 high speed with bus powered charging, Line out/in, UART for development, extra charger input

WiFi: 802.11 b/g

Other Features: 3-axis accelerometer; gaming oriented key pads

System Software: u-boot 1.3.4, Kernel 2.6.27, Android 1.5R3 (actually Android 2.1 now)

Dimensions: 150x76x16mm

Weight: 160g (with battery)

Battery : 1300mAH rechargeable lithium-ion

and you also get a debugging board to connect between the ODroid and your PC.

Hardkernel is stating that the ODroid Android 2.1 will be available in early March (which is now technically) and can be purchased from their online store. SlideMe, one of the more popular Android alternative markets, comes preloaded onto the device as well. They also have a list of 3rd party markets on the development site to make life a little easier finding games and apps.

The real question is, would you even buy one of these? For one thing, the screen is awfully small for a device like this and there is plenty of room around it for it to be a bigger size. Also, in the picture you can see it has a dialer/contacts and everything else so would this fit into T-Mobile’s (or whatever carrier you use) phone plans?

I’d love to get my hands on one of these to test it out even if I can’t use it as a phone but without being able to try it first I’m not sure if I would buy one.

Source Referenced: HardKernel

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