Lilbits: A smartphone with a smartwatch on the back, mini-PCs and Linux for phones, PCs and servers

Over the last few years, Unihertz has made it a habit to zag in the smartphone space when the rest of the world zigzags. Are you looking for a BlackBerry-like phone with a physical keyboard? There’s Unihertz Titan. Do you want a small screen? Check the Jelly, Atom or Titan Pocket lines.

But the coming Unihertz TickTock could be the company’s strangest phone to date. It is a rugged phone with an extra screen on the back to view times, notifications or other content in an instant. Shaped like a circle and surrounded by a raised metallic surface, it is basically designed to look like a smartwatch strapped to the back of a phone. Why? Your guess is as good as mine.

Unihertz TickTock will soon be available for pre-order through a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, and you can sign up to be notified when it goes live. The company promises that Early Bird supporters will be able to save 35% on the retail price (however much).

Aside from the fact that the phone supports 5G, that’s just about all we know so far. More details should be available closer to launch.

Here is an overview of the latest technology news from across the web.

Unihertz TickTock preview [UniHertz / YouTube]

The Unihertz TickTock is a rugged Android phone that has a different screen on the back that … looks and works like a smartwatch. Info in a moment, I guess, but not on your wrist. Going to Kickstarter soon.

N64 Mini PC conversion includes all accessories [HackADay]

Grab an N64 and you can mount an Intel NUC inside, blurring the boundaries between a classic console and a full-fledged PC. You can find more pictures and details about the construction process at HackADay.io.

Jetson EX1 and SUB mini PCs insert Xavier NX SoM into metal enclosures [CNX Software]

The Jetson EX1 Mini PC is a mini PC powered by an NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX module with a 6-core ARMv8 CPU, 384 CUDA cores, 48 ‚Äč‚Äčtensor cores and 21 TOPS performance. It runs Ubuntu and comes with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD for $ 1249.

True convergence is here: PureOS 10 is released for all Librem products [Purism]

Purism has released PureOS 10 “Byzantium” as the default operating system for its Librem-branded laptops, desktops, servers and phones. Designed to scale across device types, there are new features for disabling wirelessly, backing up files, and more.

Ubuntu Touch OTA-20 release [UBPorts]

Ubuntu Touch OTA 20 released with support for new devices including Pixel 2, LED messaging support for multiple devices and bug fixes.

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