GUPP Phreedom: Linux-based WiFi/GSM Smartphone
Malaysian startup GUPP is expected to ship a Linux-based smartphone, called Phreedom [sic], in the second quarter of 2007. The Phreedom is a dual mode WiFi/GSM&GPRS phone that will allow traditional mobile telephony with a cellphone carrier as well as VoIP via a WiFi connection (VoWiFi). The Phreedom smartphone features a 2.5″ QVGA display with a resolution of 320×240 and a QWERTY keyboard, which will come in handy to use the Internet browsing and e-mailing features the Phreedom phone will offer.The GUPP Phreedom is powered by a PXA270 running at 312MHz and a total of 320MB flash and SDRAM. The Linux operating system is powered by a 2.6 kernel.
The advantage of these emerging Linux smartphones is that they are being designed by small companies who don’t have the same pressure as the big names get from the cellphone networks, so they can offer features like VoIP telephony that others don’t, for fear of damaging there cellphone network allies.
[via Linux Devices]
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