Dutch company Fairphone has made a bit of a name for itself in recent years by offering modular, repairable smartphones like the Fairphone 4, along with long-term software support, unlocked bootloaders, and ethically-sourced materials, where possible. But Fairphone isn’t the only company making repairable phones.

As reported by WinFuture, German company Shift Phones began taking pre-orders for the SHIFTphone 8 today. It’s a repairable phone with 13 different user replaceable modules. Unfortunately, like Fairphone’s devices, it’s unlikely to be offered outside of Europe anytime soon.

Here’s a roundup of recent tech news from around the web.

SHIFTphone 8 modular repairable phone [Shift Phone]

German phone maker Shift Phones is taking pre-orders for the SHIFTphone 8 with a 6 inch FHD+ display, a Snapdragon 700 series processor, 8GB of RAM, Android 13-based software, and a repairable design thanks to 13 replaceable modules.

HTC Vive XR Elite [HTC]

HTC Vive XR Elite VR headset is up for pre-order for $1099 (1920 x 1920px per eye, 110 FoV, 90 Hz, inside-out tracking, Snapdragon CR2, 12GB RAM, 128GB storage, WiFi 6E, BT 5.2. 26.6 Wh battery.

PS2 emulator for Android AetherSX2 ceases development due to ‘death threats’ [Android Authority]

The open source PS2 emulator for Android will continue to be available, but the sole developer has had enough with abuse from users and has suspended further development.

AYA Neo 2 and Geek crowdfunding ends, but you can still order one [Indiegogo]

Crowdfunding has ended for the Aya Neo 2 and AYA Neo Geek handheld gaming PCs with Ryzen 7 6800U chips, but it’s still up for pre-order through Indiegogo InDemand. Prices start at $853.

Raspberry Pi Pico W to get Bluetooth LE support very soon [CNX Software]

The hardware supports Bluetooth, but we’ve been waiting on on the software to enable it. Now it looks like the wait is almost over.

Google Pixel 7a memory and storage specs leaked [@chunvn888]

Google Pixel 7a will have 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB of storage according to the guy in Vietnam who posted a hands-on video of a pre-production model this week.

Progress Update on a DIY handheld Linux PC [@[email protected]]

It’s designed to be a cheap device with a screen, keyboard, and BL808 RISC-V processor module. The developer has also 3D printed some cases

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  1. I’ve been interested in Shift (over Fairphone, though both have excellent ethics) ever since there was some effort put into producing a Linux image for the Shift6. Is there any news on progress with that?

  2. 422€ for a modular smartphone, SMH… the problem is the same as with Fairphone and Librem, they’re selling modularity and privacy as a premium.

    These will never take off unless they offer models below 150 or even 100 USD.