In September hardware hacker bunnie Huang unveiled a new open mobile hardware device called Precursor. Now it’s up for pre-order through a crowdfunding campaign at Crowd Supply.

The early bird $450 rewards are sold out, but you can reserve one for a pledge of $512 or more and if everything goes according to plan, a year from now you’ll receive a hackable/customizable mobile device that’s unlike anything else available at the moment.

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  1. So much news bungling with this Surface Pro 8 news. This supposed Surface Pro 8 prototype is a very old test unit and I argue it was just an early test to gauge the electrical and thermal characteristics of Tiger Lake-U, which is layout compatible with Ice Lake-U. Why? None of the news sources took the time to actually look at the install date that was plainly visible on the device screen, which would inform them that it was imaged on April 12th, 2020. I did: http://forum.tabletpcreview.com/attachments/45158d92-eaab-463c-93df-b0e8074d69d4-jpeg.12716/ Again, Microsoft could have very well be just testing Tiger Lake-U in their preexisting design to get a feel for how it runs early on. As far as the actual leaks are concerned, Surface Pro 8 is still supposed to be inheriting some of the design improvements of Surface Pro X.

  2. That Sony Ericsson phone would have been the device of the century.

    Its very reminiscent of the old Sony Vaio P, which is one of my favorite devices of all time.