Pyra Pre-Orders Go Live

Yep, it’s happening. The Dragonbox Pyra has reached the next level and is now available to pre-order. Down payments are being taken at ED’s shop, with remainders to be paid when the unit is available to ship. The final pricing looks like this, with 330 EUR and 400 EUR being taken as down payments for the standard edition the mobile edition respectively.

Pyra Preorder (Standard Edition, 2GB RAM) – 595 EUR incl. VAT
Pyra Preorder (Standard Edition, 4GB RAM) – 630 EUR incl. VAT
Pyra Preorder (Mobile Ed., US, 2GB RAM) – 714 EUR incl. VAT
Pyra Preorder (Mobile Ed. , US-Ver., 4GB RAM) – 745 EUR incl. VAT
Pyra Preorder (Mobile Ed., EU-Vers., 2GB RAM) – 714 EUR incl. VAT
Pyra Preorder (Mobile Ed., EU-Vers., 4GB RAM) – 745 EUR incl. VAT

Mobile editions differ from the standard editions by adding a Sim card slot, as well as GPS, Altometer, hygrometer, barometer and compass.

For anyone not following this project, the final specs look like this:

  • Texas Instruments OMAP 5 SoC
  • 2x ARM Cortex-A15 @ 1.5Ghz with NEON SIMD
  • 2x ARM Cortex-M4
  • PowerVR™ SGX544-MP2
  • Vivante GC320 2D Accelerator
  • 2GB or 4GB RAM, 32GB internal eMMC
  • 720p 5″ LCD
  • High-Quality speakers, analog volume wheel
  • Headset-Port, Built-in-Mic, HDMI Video Out
  • Vibra-Motor
  • Ultra-portable: approx. 139 x 87 x 32 mm*
  • Huge battery for a long battery life (6000mAh)
  • Gaming controls (DPad, 4 shoulder buttons, 6 face buttons)
  • Two accurate analog controls with push-button
  • QWERTY keyboard with backlight
  • Integrated Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n (2,4 and 5GHz) and Bluetooth 4.1
  • Dual SDXC card slots, one internal MicroSDXC card slot
  • 2x Full-size USB 2.0 Host (one can be used as eSATA-with a small adaptor), 1x Micro USB 3.0, 1x Micro USB (Debug and Charging)
  • USB 3.0, 1x Micro USB (Debug and Charging)
  • Fully configurable RGB-LEDs for notifications
  • Optional: 3G/4G and GPS module, various sensors

There’s still no fixed date for shipping, although ED has said the first ones will begin to ship out this year.

To get your pre-order in, head on over to ED’s shop.

Thanks to Victor for sending this in.

21 Comment

  1. Ben says: Reply

    Insane prices … For that price you can buy full blown Core M tablets, that can play games like even Battlefield 4 with 30fps ( low setting ) and be more productive with because its freaking full blown window tablets.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fq1qjAxJ3tg

    And that video is without the thermal mod that increases the fps by another 30 a 50% in some games.

    Cube i9 / Teclast X2 / X3… hell, even the older Cube i7 Stylus still has great performance.

    Teclast X3: 8GB Ram / 128GB SSD ( 400mb/s ) / Intel Core M3 6Y10 / Dual USB 3.0: 430€ ( without tax )
    Cube i9: 4GB Ram / 128GB SSD / Intel Core M3 6Y10 / USB-C + USB 3.0 ports: 480€ ( without tax )

    Or the older :

    Teclast X2 Pro: 4GB / 64GB / Intel Core M3 5y30 / Dual USB 3.0: 313€ ( without tax )

    Full blown Windows 10 for productivity O and you can upgrade the SSD’s inside.

    Different markets, sure … but that price moves the Pyra into a whole different market segment. 599€ for the cheapest 2GB/32GB version, that is 500€ without tax. I am amazed that it took this long for the Pyra to come out and at that price. The market has already evolved way faster…

    1. Tim says: Reply

      But Tablets suck for gaming. If you’re going to have to put it on a stand and use a stand alone controller you may as well just use a console

      1. lexluthermiester says: Reply

        Eagerly agreed! Tablets that have built-in controllers based on Android are available and work very well. I have many and love how well they work! GPD’s Win is Windows 10 based and looks interesting.

    2. lexluthermiester says: Reply

      Think I’m gonna have to join you on this one. At the current exchange rate[as of this day’s post] the 745euro price translates to $849. I can buy a really nice laptop AND a nice convertible Android/Windows tablet. If it were for $250 that would be closer to reasonable for what it is. GPD’s Win that they just successfully crowdfunded, is much lower in price and much better in specs. This is purely a niche market item for those who want the specific utility offered and where price is not a limiting factor. For the mass market, it offers little over other commonly available devices.

      1. Tim says: Reply

        It certainly looks like the GPD will be the way to go. I for one can’t wait till it’s available

  2. WANT says: Reply

    It is also German made, case from Greece.

  3. Also not mentioned is that the Pyra has a modular SoC design, so later on a newer/better processor could be replaced down the road by the user for considerable less than buying a whole new unit.

    This Modular SoC board contains the SoC, DRAM and eMMC storage.

    1. Just to add, everything design wise will be opensourced when the Pyra ships, so a third party could design their own SoC board.

  4. What a waste of fucking money!

    1. Sword says: Reply

      Please name a more capable computer that is as small with the same features (hint a phone does not have anywhere near the same capability)

      1. lexluthermiester says: Reply

        At this size, there are a few options, all of them less expensive[GPD’s XD comes to mind]. Heck, Nextbook makes several high quality Android and Windows devices of similar portability for a small fraction of the cost. Though “total waste.. of money” is an awful exaggeration, the sentiment of it being over-priced for what you get is not hard to understand. And to be fair, if this item came with a multi-boot option for Android/BSD/Linux/Windows, it would be FAR more appealing. This device, as is, remains an expensive hobbyist item.

        1. Well, there is a fair likelihood that some sort of Android build will be available in the future due to the nature of development (you can run an older version of Android on the OpenPandora). Of course, there are no guarantees, but it would hardly be surprising considering the history of the community.

          1. lexluthermiester says:

            That’s a good point! Although they never did get it passed Android 2.3. The Pandora 1ghz could’ve easily handled 4.3. Hopefully the community with give 4.4 a go and then skip 5 straight into 6.

  5. podian says: Reply

    See, it would be absolute end-game portable device if it had Atom. ARM lowers its utility way too much for that price.

  6. Chad W Smith said on January 22, 2016 at 2:45 am:
    “I am looking forward to the update-after-next. The next update will be about the “Release Date / Price” for the Pyra.” – Check

    “The update after that will be the horrible fallout of the scandal, and the -1 out of 10 reviews of the “Prototype / Alpha / Pre-release” versions that are slower than last year’s bargain basement smartphones.” – See you soon…

    1. Well “Soon” was a bit optimistic…

      Here we are over a year later, and there has been no news.

      Imagine preordering something back in May of 2016 – and still not having anything but promises.

      In the time between this preorder and now – (and bear in mind, as of today, June 7, not a single production unit has been delivered) – in that time, the GPD Win was on put on IndieGogo – and delivered, and is now available in tons of shops around the world. It costs less (around half as much as their “Downpayment” preorder prices!) – runs a much more capable operating system – a much faster processor, more ram, a bigger hard drive, is thinner, has BT, and … Most importantly of all ….

      IT EXISTS!!!

  7. Tim says: Reply

    Thinking back I got my Pandora for $300 and I thought that was expensive. 681.10 USD?! No way man. I’m buyer at $400

    1. lexluthermiester says: Reply

      Ya, totally with you on that point, but even $400 would be too much for something like this.

  8. Slimy Cat says: Reply

    No tax or vat for people outside the EUR. So 500 EUR for 2GB standard edition and 600 EUR for mobile version. 30 EUR for 4GB for all versions.

  9. There’s a couple of lines they changed with the specs which should be updated in the story above, they are:

    Integrated Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n (2,4 and 5GHz) and Bluetooth 4.1
    Dual SDXC card slots, one internal MicroSDXC card slot (can be used for the OS instead of the eMMC)
    2x Full-size USB 2.0 Host (one can be used as eSATA-with a small adaptor), 1x Micro USB 3.0, 1x Micro USB (Debug and Charging)
    2GB or 4GB RAM, 32GB internal eMMC

    1. obscurehandhelds says: Reply

      Updated, cheers.

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