OpenMoko Linux phone to get Wi-Fi, faster chip

The FIC subsidiary promises the Neo FreeRunner will include improved hardware and Wi-Fi networking.

OpenMoko's Neo FreeRunner to ship this spring to developers. OpenMoko

OpenMoko is upgrading its Linux-based mobile phone with a faster processor, Wi-Fi networking, and better graphics abilities, the company said Thursday.

The Neo FreeRunner has a faster 500MHz processor, compared with 266MHz for the Neo 1973 introduced last July.

It's also got built-in hardware for 2D and 3D graphics along with new motion sensors that can trigger automated behavior. The wireless networking supports the 802.11b/g standards.

The company will preview the new version at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week and begin selling it to developers in the spring.

OpenMoko is a subsidiary of First International Computer , based in Taiwan.

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