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PengPod is back with a new GNU/Linux/Android Quad cored, dual booting, high resolution, paradigm defying 9.7" tablet.
Neal Peacock
Orlando, Florida
United States
3 Team Members

PengPod is back and this time our hardware can go head to head with anything on the market.  Our latest tablet, the PengPod 1040 has a Quad-Core Allwinner A31 Processor, High def 2048x1536 9.7" LCD, 2Gb of Ram, 16GB of Flash, SD Slot, Wifi, Bluetooth, 7 Ah battery and more.

Do you ever think, “I like the portability and cost of tablets but sometimes I have real work to do” ?

Thats why the latest PengPod can dual boot GNU/Linux and Android, all from internal memory.  No SD cards required, no flashing. Have the best of both worlds right out of the box. Android for web surfing, playing games and watching videos with its excellent touch UI. GNU/Linux provides access to a standard desktop, office suite, software IDEs, powerful networking tools and much, much more. Both systems share a large data partition for the easy exchange of files. Rebooting is simple and painless with an on screen menu to select an alternate boot option, or just let it time out to boot your default OS.

The PengPod 1040 Tablet


Product Description

PengPod 1040 – Quad Core Dual Boot - Android 4.1/Linaro - 16 GB - 9.7"


HDMI Port, Micro USB OTG

Dimensions (WxDxH)

9.45”x 7.4” x 0.4” ( 24 cm x 18.8 cm x 0.99 cm )


1.4 lbs (635 g)


ARM Cortex-A7 (Quad-Core)

Product Type



2 GB


9.7" IPS - 2048 x 1536 - Multi-Touch

Operating System

Linaro 13.04 / Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)



Wireless Connectivity

Bluetooth, 802.11b/g/n

Processor Clock Speed

1 GHz (Quad core)


7000 mAH


2 Megapixel rear + 0.3 Megapixel front


16 GB integrated - Micro SD Expansion

About the Processor - A31 SoC Features

  • CPU:

    • ARM Cortex-A7 Quad-Core

    • 256KB L1-Cache

    • 1MB L2-Cache

  • GPU:

    • Power VR SGX 544

    • Eight logic cores (8 shader engines)

    • Complies with Open GL ES2.0, Open CL1.x, DX 9_3

  • Video:

    • UHD H.264 4K ×2K @30fps video decoding

    • Full HD video decoding

    • BD Directory, BD ISO and BD m2ts video decoding

    • H.264 High Profile 1080P@60fps encoding

    • 3840x1080@30fps 3D decoding

    • Comply with RTSP, HTTP, HLS, RTMP, MMS streaming media protocol

  • Memory:

    • Dual-Channel LPDDR2/DDR3/DDR3L Controller

    • Dual-Channel NAND FLASH Controller

    • 64-bit ECC

  • PMIC:

    • A31exclusively tailor-made PMIC AXP221

    • 21-CH power output and 2.2A Flash charging

    • Comply with USB 3.0 power supply standard

  • Embedded Controller:

    • AR100, an OpenRISC controller. Manages deep powersave modes.

OS Options

The PengPods come with Android and Linaro installed on flash. The system will boot by default into Android (initially, this can be changed but Android should be run first to format the shared partition). The Android install has Google certification and access to the play store, maps and other typical Android apps you might expect. Linaro is a typical LXDE desktop environment backed by the Ubuntu Arm repositories including LibreOffice, GIMP, Apache, MySQL and most other mainstream Linux desktop applications.

Here is a list of the currently booting OS/Distribution options

  • Android 4.1 (4.2 Source available, should be ready soon)
  • Linaro (Based on Ubuntu for Arm with LXDE)
  • Fedora
  • ArchLinux
  • OpenSUSE
  • Ubuntu Touch

Here is a list of the OS options we are working on adding. The funds raised will help bring more of these to a working state. Some of these could be guaranteed with stretch goals if we reach that point.

  • Debian
  • Bodhi
  • Tizen
  • Cyanogenmod
  • FirefoxOS
  • Mer/NemoMobile
  • Chromium
  • Plasma Active

What you can do with your PengPod

The original PengPods have been used in many diverse applications including SCADA industrial controls, POS register systems, 3D printer controls, nurse stations, access control systems, survey equipment, LAMP servers, GPS navigation systems and more. With an open system the possibilities are only limited by your abilities and imagination.

An open system protects your freedom as well. All source for the Android build is available, not just Linux. You don't have to worry about what your tablet might be sending behind your back it is all free to be reviewed, modified and customized to your liking.

Why we need you

We want to be able to offer PengPod 1040 Tablet with the best software possible, at the best price possible and produce a quality product with an experienced, open source friendly contract manufacturer.  To meet our hardware goals and guarantee quality we need volume. 

This is our second time to market and we are now familiar with the demands of delivering the perks.  Open software is the lifeblood of the PengPod and what makes it so versatile. There are many exciting, evolving touch based Linux platforms we would like to offer with the PengPod. Each of these will require time and effort and with funding we will be able to make more of these available. 

Crowd-funding will allow us to bring on more permanent staff, including at least one full time engineer who will be dedicated to expanding and improving the software options available for the PengPod 1040.

The Perks

This time the perks are simple, some swag, shirts and the like, the Tablet and optionally some accessories:

Tablet includes

  • PengPod 1040 – 9.7 Tablet described above
  • Power Supply (US Prongs, prong adapter if international)
  • USB – Micro Cable
  • USB OTG Micro-Full Size female, adapter
  • Manual (English)

Bluetooth Accessory pack includes:

  • Capacitive Stylus
  • Bluetooth Keyboard/Case
  • Bluetooth mouse


Get a supporter T-shirt, details and images coming soon

Quotes About the Original PengPods

 "Finally, the Linux army has its own portable, touch-screen option."
Eric Mack - cnet

 "If you want both Android and a full desktop operating system on a touchscreen device it doesn't get any more affordable than the PengPod."
Jon Brodkin - Ars Technica

“PengPod created excitement because it promised to build a tablet that would run Linux as well as Android and be "free of Google and Android's restrictions.""
Julie Bort - Business Insider

 "The prospect is a compelling one, and it fits right in with the Linux-powered revolution that’s been going on."
Kathetrine Noyes - PC World


Shipping:  We have a 1040 Tablet Perk and an International 1040 Tablet perk, for shipping outside the US.  If you accidentally select the US one and live outside the US but already contributed, please contribute again and select the 'forgot international shipping' perk.  All international shipping will be done with DHL or UPS at our option.

Customs Fees & Duties:  You will most likely have to pay duties upon delivery of your perk outside the USA.  These vary by country and we cannot quote them ahead of time.  In the EU expect to pay the VAT and any national sales tax.  In Canada GST will likely be charged.  Please check your local laws.  Also the courier is likely to charge a collection fee, please contact your local office for more information.

Referral contest!

Most people that would want a PengPod still don't know it exist!  Help us spread the word about the PengPod1040 and you could get one free!  We are giving away one free PengPod 1040 to whoever refers the most contributors!  If you win and have already contributed for a PengPod1040 you will have the choice between a refund or an additional PengPod 1040.  Details: Will be selected based on highest total contributions referred a single account, total users referred will be used as a tie breaker if needed.  Does not include any duties or taxes required to receive the device and of course depends on us reaching the goal.

Thanks for helping up spread the word!

ViewTouch POS

We are pleased to announce a promotion backed by our friends at ViewTouch, inventors of the first graphical Point of Sale software back in 1986.  They have long been supporters of Linux and take full advantage of open source software to keep their register systems both feature rich and secure. They contacted us with this offer for two reasons.  They share our belief that tablets should be able to run unrestricted operating systems, just like we enjoy on our desktops and also they worked with our first generation devices and want to help make the next generation PengPod 1040 a reality. 

We are able to offer 100 PengPod 1040s pre-installed with their ViewTouch POS software for a contribution of $495.  Normally this system would cost $2000 for the software license and the initial hardware.  The software does require a monthly use, support and training fee of $29 to be enabled, typically this fee would be $79 but they have offered to discount that as well for a savings of $600 a year.  This is a great chance to support free software and acquire a high quality, commercial restaurant POS system for less than $500 thanks to our friends at ViewTouch and the power of an open system. 

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This campaign ended on October 26, 2013
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Select a Perk
  • $1USD

    Support open source and say no to walled gardens. Tell the world you want tablets without restrictions. Also earn our eternal gratitude.

    14 claimed
  • $45USD
    Forgot International Shipping

    If you already contributed for a PengPod1040 but need it shipped outside the USA, select this perk.

    19 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $65USD
    Forgot Bluetooth Accessories

    If you already contributed for a PengPod1040 but decided you want the Bluetooth accessories, select this perk. Includes Bluetooth Keyboard Case/ Bluetooth Mouse/ Capacative Stylus

    25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013

    EARLY BIRD: PengPod1040

    PengPod 1040 Tablet: 9.7” tablet with 2G Ram/ 16G Flash. Preloaded with a dual-boot Android/Linaro setup. Ready for customization. Includes pieces listed in project description.

    100 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $249USD

    PengPod 1040 Tablet: 9.7” tablet with 2G Ram/ 16G Flash. Preloaded with a dual-boot Android/Linaro setup. Ready for customization. Includes pieces listed in project description.

    11 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $294USD
    PengPod1040: International

    SHIPPED OUTSIDE THE USA: PengPod 1040 Tablet: 9.7” tablet with 2G Ram/ 16G Flash. Preloaded with a dual-boot Android/Linaro setup. Ready for customization. Includes pieces listed in project description.

    17 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $314USD
    Peng1040 With BT Accessories

    PengPod 1040 Tablet: 9.7” tablet with 2G Ram/ 16G Flash. Preloaded with a dual-boot Android/Linaro setup. Ready for customization. Includes pieces listed in project description AND Includes Bluetooth Accesoory kit, Keyboard Case/ Bluetooth Mouse/ Capacative Stylus.

    39 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $359USD
    Peng1040 W/ BT Acc:INTL Ship

    SHIPPED OUTSIDE THE USA: PengPod 1040 Tablet: 9.7” tablet with 2G Ram/ 16G Flash. Preloaded with a dual-boot Android/Linaro setup. Ready for customization. Includes pieces listed in project description AND Includes Bluetooth Accesoory kit, Keyboard Case/ Bluetooth Mouse/ Capacative Stylus.

    39 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $495USD
    PengPod with ViewTouch POS

    One PengPod 1040 preinstalled with ViewTouch Point of Sale software, a basic restaurant menu, ViewTouch PDF manual and a stand. Use of the ViewTouch software requires a license fee of $29 a month which must be purchased directly from ViewTouch.

    0 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
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