To me, this – while it is an admirable effort – is not a smartphone, but rather a modern Linux PDA since it has no modem to connect to cell services. I’ll keep sticking to this 22 year old definition, where a smartphone has to be an actual phone. [↩]
When I stumbled upon this three days ago, I felt like I absolutely had to blog this. Let’s have a look at the provisional specs first:
128MB of SDRAM
OpenGL ES 2.0
1080p30 H.264 high-profile decode
Composite and HDMI video output
SD/MMC/SDIO memory card slot
Open software (Ubuntu, Iceweasel, KOffice, Python)
Let´s talk about the SoC first. While a 700MHz ARM11 SoC isn´t what you´d call fast, it´s good enough for basic tasks. I think that a likely SoC for this thing is the Telechips TCC8902, which is a popular SoC for low cost tablets and supports 1080p thanks to an included ARM Mali 200 GPU – it would fit. But then again, this isn´t a finalized device yet and there are tons of ARM based SoCs out there, and as ARM11 ones aren´t exactly high end, many of them remain pretty much unknown.
As I said: The SoC is ok. What´s not convincing is the amount of RAM; 128MB is barely enough for todays smartphone OS like Android – Ubuntu won´t be much fun, you will be forced into using swap which will certainly cause some wear out on your memory card and slow the overall system down.