The last time PengPod ran a campaign at Indiegogo it was able to get the funding that it needed. Right now the same team is back with a new campaign for the PengPod 1040. This new 9.7-inch tablet sports a quad core processor and is able to dual boot between Android and Linux.
The PengPod 1040 is designed to provide consumers with the portability of Android tablets as well as the productivity of a full desktop environment. This device has the best of both worlds which can immediately be used straight out of the box.
Booting between the two operating systems is very simple and is all done from its internal memory with no SD cards involved. A user simply has to choose from the onscreen menu to switch the OS. Data is share between both OS making it easy to access files.
The device first boots to Android but can be changed later on. Its Android OS has Google certification which allows it to use Google Play providing it access to thousands of apps. The Linaro OS is an LXDE desktop environment that is supported by the Ubuntu ARM repositories giving it access to LibreOffice, GIMP, Apache, MySQL and other mainstream Linux applications.
PengPod 1040 Tablet Technical Specifications
- Operating System: Linaro 13.04 / Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
- Display: 9.7″ IPS – 2048 x 1536 – Multi-Touch
- CPU : 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A7 (Quad-Core)
- GPU: Power VR SGX 544
- RAM: 2 GB
- Storage: 16 GB integrated – Micro SD Expansion
- Camera: 2 Megapixel rear + 0.3 Megapixel front
- Wireless Connectivity: Bluetooth, 802.11b/g/n
- Ports: HDMI Port, Micro USB OTG
- Battery: 7000 mAH
As of this writing a total of $23,460 has already been pledged with 24 more days to go to reach the goal of $349,000. If you are interested in supporting this campaign then you could pledge in $220 to get the PengPod 1040 with an expected delivery date of December 2013.