CutiePi is possibly the strangest name I’ve heard for a tablet and it applies to device that uses a Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 Lite. It’s meant to run Linux-based software like Raspbian and the design is open source. We have more details below.
The product was first unveiled earlier this year and now the hardware and software are closer to final right now. CutiePi developers have posted some pictures and a video showing the custom CutiePi printed circuit board in use, similar to the one on that turnkey pcb assembly service online.
The design files are available at Github, if you like tinkering around and making your own tablet. Of course you can also buy the full device, once the crowdfunding campaign gets going and the product can be mass produced.
The finalized version is going to pack an 8 inch 1280 x 800 pixel display, an IPS LCD, together with a 5000 mAh battery and the body measures 8.2 x 4.9 x 0.5 inches, plus it weighs a bit over 12 ounces. Compute Module 3 Lite uses a 1.2 GHz Broadcom BCM2837 CPU, 1 GB of RAM and it lacks a built in storage or wireless capabilities. There’s also a WiFi and Bluetooth module in the mix, plus a microSD card reader and an USB Type-A and Type-C ports, plus micro HDMI.
Other features include GPIO pins, gyroscope and a sleep/wake button. No info on pricing and other details, but we’re bound to get more over the next weeks.