One person decided to play with the Nokia 1680 and turn it into a miniature Linux computer | TechBuzz

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An enthusiast who calls himself Reimu NotMoe decided to play around with the 14-year-old Nokia 1680 and turn it into a miniature Linux computer called Notkia. To turn the Nokia 1680 into a Notkia, he replaced the PCB, as well as most of the components, and left the original case and keys. So this miniature computer is equipped with a single-core Ingenic X1000E MIPS 1 GHz processor with 64 MB of RAM, 32 MB of NOR flash memory and 4 GB of SLC NAND flash memory.

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In addition, the original TFT screen has been replaced here by a 2-inch IPS LCD screen with an effective resolution of 220 x 280 pixels. There is also a USB-C port, OV5640 5 MP camera with autofocus, Yamaha MA-3 sound synthesizer (with support for ringtone), analog MEMS microphone, AMPAK module with support for Wi-Fi 4 and Bluetooth 4.0 LE, transceiver LoRa Semtech SX126x module, BL-5C battery and GNSS module not yet tested.

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The whole thing works under Linux, and the original T9 numeric keypad is used to enter text. Notkia can be used as a wireless communication device, walkie-talkie or very simple computer in terminal mode. Unfortunately, Notkia does not have one important feature. For now, there are no phone calls or mobile internet access, as Remu NotMoe has not been able to find a 4G LTE module small enough to fit in the device. Also, since there is no headphone jack, you will need a wireless headset or USB Type-C to 3.5mm audio adapter to use the headset with Notkia.

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All Notkia details can be found on Hackster and HackADay. Reimu NotMoe promises to open source firmware in the future. The project has already been submitted for consideration to the crowdfunding platform Crowd Supply, which means that there is a chance that Notkia will come to market in some form in the future.

Writes: Marijan Zivkovic

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