OpenMoko’s Neo 1973 open source mobile was a roaring success last year, selling out within three days of going on sale in July. Now, the company is set to use CES to take the wrappers off its new model, which is called Neo FreeRunner.
New features include a beefed-up 500MHz processor, a better 2D/3D graphics processor, built-in Wi-Fi and motion sensors to “cue functions based on detected user activity” (i.e. you wave it around and the handset Does Stuff).
The Neo FreeRunner is due to ship to developers this Spring, and is being demoed at CES next week for the first time. There’ll be two separate tri-band versions available: one 850MHz and one 900MHz. If I get my hands on it at the show, watch this space for first reactions.