OpenMoko to launch Neo FreeRunner open source smartphone at CES

OpenMoko Neo 1973

OpenMoko will unveil the Neo FreeRunner, the consumer version of its Neo 1973 open-source mobile phone that has been under development for the past year or so, at a press-only event during CES 2008.

“FreeRunner’s a significantly improved device from the Neo 1973. Our developers gave us great feedback as they explored the first version of the device,” said Steven Mosher, VP marketing, Openmoko. “We added WiFi, motion sensors, faster processing, and improved graphics, creating a compelling mass market device for open source development. The open source community was key in achieving that goal. Without them this remix of the Neo would not have been possible.”

The FreeRunner will be available either in either an 850MHz tri-band or a 900Mhz tri-band configuration. It adds a faster 500MHz processor, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, and motion sensors that will trigger functions based on detected user activity. It will maintain the overall look and feel of the Neo 1973 (pictured here).

The first FreeRunner shipments will go to developers and it will be offered to consumers once the software for the new hardware becomes available. Pricing information is not yet available.

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