Intel CEO Unveils x86 Moorestown Smartphone

Shown off by CEO Paul Otellini, the LG-manufactured GW990 is more of an MID or 'superphone' than it is a smartphone. Packing a 5-inch screen with 720p HD video playback, two cameras (one forward facing and one traditionally placed on the back of the device) the device runs on the Linux-based Moblin OS.

Describing the Moorestown platform, Otellini said, "It's smaller, faster and better than anything we've done before." Based on the x86 architecture, Moorestown is set to launch this year.

"Two years ago I showed a suite of futuristic, compute-intensive applications for handheld devices," Otellini said. "The computing was really done on a desktop PC behind the curtain because handhelds didn't have the processing capability yet. Two years later, the future is here."

While details about the phone are scant, Otellini says it will ship in the second half of 2010. The introduction of Intel chips to mobile phones comes as Atom chips begin to see some serious competition in the netbook space.

More on CES 2010

Create a new thread in the US News comments forum about this subject
This thread is closed for comments
Comment from the forums
    Your comment
  • sunflier
    ...two cameras (one forward facing and one traditionally placed on the back of the device)...

    Does that mean we can take two pictures at the same time??
    j/k...or am i?
  • Gian124
    likely the forward facing cam is for video conferencing, skype / IM programs, etc... since it is described more as a MID than a phone.
  • back_by_demand
    Nice picture of Otellini, shame about no picture of the actual phone

    I did find some already elsewhere but its a bit rude posting a link to a rival tech website