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ODROID Android handheld worldwide dev-edition launches; new 3D gaming video demo

ODROID Android handheld worldwide dev-edition launches; new 3D gaming video demo

We've been following the ODROID Android-based gaming handheld for months now, reasonably tempted by the idea of a touchscreen, HD-capable device with the processor from the iPhone 3GS and Google's open-source OS.  Having sold the entire first batch of their developer model back in October, the Korean company have followed up with a worldwide developer edition complete with free shipping.  They've also released a new video demo, of the ODROID playing Speed Forge 3D on a 42-inch HDTV with accelerometer motion-control.

Video demo after the cut

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ODROID Android gaming handheld dev edition sells out

ODROID Android gaming handheld dev edition sells out

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.

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ODROID Android handheld up for preorder; full release December

ODROID Android handheld up for preorder; full release December

We've been keeping an eye on the ODROID Android-based portable entertainment device over the past few months, and today our source at the company let us know that the developer version is going up for pre-order from today.  Priced at the equivalent of around $320, and with deliveries expected to begin from November 5th, the ODROID developer edition has the same 833MHz Samsung S5PC100 processor as in the iPhone 3GS, 512MB of RAM and a 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen.

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ODROID Android handheld gets HD TV/gaming video demo

ODROID Android handheld gets HD TV/gaming video demo

Last we saw of the ODROID Android Entertainment device was a spec-sheet and some tiny images; now, at least, we know they have a working prototype.  The company has sent us a video demonstrating the ODROID's HD movie-out connectivity, as well as some big-screen gameplay, with the gaming handheld's ARM Cortex A8 processor proving just as capable as we've seen from the iPhone 3GS.

Video demo after the cut

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