Qualcomm and partner BSQUARE announced the APQ8060 S3 reference development Dragonboard today. Besides having a cool name that conjures up images of Bruce Lee, it's a great way for hardware and software developers to work with Qualcomm's latest and greatest gear without the bulk (and locked hardware silliness) of the typical OEM Android phone. The Dragonboard includes an APQ8060 processor (think the T-Mobile Galaxy S II or HP TouchPad), and two pre-installed daughterboards with sensors and wireless (802.11 b/g/n Wifi and Bluetooth) complete with a full build of Android and all hardware drivers for just $299. Other packages include a 480x800 touchscreen, camera, and earpiece for $199, or you can get the whole bundle for $498.
The benefit of using this type of kit for design and testing is the wide open hardware, and the ability for expansion. The board has all the connectors we're used to on our phones, like USB, as well as test points and a JTAG connector. You wouldn't use this to build your next custom Android ROM, but it sure would be handy when designing and building an Android powered home automation system, or even the mythical Android powered toaster. If you're interested in more details or purchasing, hit the source link and have a look.