CES 2010 : Intel Showcases Moorestown Smartphone, Blurs Tablet Frontier

Intel demonstrated its first Moorestown device, a smartphone build by Korean company, LG Electronics, and labelled, the GW990. The mobile internet device was shown at CES 2010 during a keynote demonstration by upbeat Intel CEO Paul Otellini.

The GW990 appears to be a minuature version of existing MID on the market and sports a 5-inch multitouch display capable of displaying 1024x480 pixels complete with two cameras.

With a 2.13:1 aspect ratio, it is not very far from the 2.33:1 one displayed by the LG Chocolate BL40 launched lat year. The GW990 can show more than three times the amount of pixels compared to the iPhone.

More worryingly for Microsoft, Intel chose to use its own Linux-based operating system, Mobilin, to power the gadget rather than any version of Windows Mobile, let alone a full-fledged Windows 7 OS.

The phone, which has the biggest screen on the market and looks like an elongated iPhone, comes with a 3D-interface, can handle 720p video (but not display it natively) and integrates LTE 4G.

Otellini says that it will go on sale in the second half of 2010 (or as we put it, depending on market demands).

Moorestown will go against ARM's Cortex A8 and A9 families in 2010. It is based around Lincroft, a System-on-chip solution that's expected to consume only a tenth of the power of Silverthorne, Intel's desktop Atom family, when idle.

Our Comments

The billions of dollars Intel injects in research and development are starting to bear their fruits. There have been suggestions that AMD and ARM should join forced to rival Intel. This wouldn't be such a bad idea.

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