We were a little uncertain whether there was a market for HardKernel’s ODROID Android gaming device, but those doubts don’t appear to have been shared by the development community. We’ve heard that the entire first batch of ODROID developer edition units have sold-out, and will begin shipping in Korea on November 5th; meanwhile a second batch will go on sale there next week. The device sells for the equivalent of around $320.
Meanwhile sales of the global developer model will begin from late November, in advance of the consumer ODROID version which is expected in December 2009. ODROID is based on the same 833MHz Samsung S5PC100 chipset as found in the iPhone 3GS, paired here with 512MB of RAM and a 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen; no 3G, since the ODROID’s focus is gaming not calls, but there’s WiFi b/g, Bluetooth and a mini-HDMI port, together with USB Host.
ODROID 720p HD video playback demo:
ODROID gaming demo: