Moorestown is Intel's Atom based SoC that's designed for smartphones. The chip will be out in Q2 2010, with phones and devices available in the second half of 2010. Today Intel showed us three devices based on Moorestown, two phones and one tablet.

All three platforms are running Moblin 2.1 and all were very quick. I'd say faster than anything ARM based I've seen thus far. I asked Intel about how Moorestown will compare to a SoC with dual ARM Cortex A9 processors. Intel was very firm in its response saying that it expects to deliver better performance on both single and multi-threaded code at smartphone power levels than an SoC with two Cortex A9 cores. It'll be a while before we can confirm for ourselves, but it's a bold statement from Intel.

The first device was an OpenPeak tablet:

The Moorestown silicon went into this tablet two weeks ago, so not all applications were functional. Those that worked, seemed to work well. The OS lacks the left/right swipe functionality of an iPhone. You need to use previous/next buttons to navigate the home screen.

The UI looks very clean and the tablet itself was a decent form factor. I wouldn't say that it's perfect, but clearly a step in the right direction. The platform never felt slow in my limited time with it.

Next up we have an LG smartphone based on Moorestown with Moblin 2.1. It's a bit longer, thicker and heavier than an iPhone:

Apps launched quickly and multitasking is obviously supported but I'd say that overall the interface isn't all that clean or intuitive. Ultimately what I'm interested in is Moorestown itself. LG is a start, but hopefully we'll see more devices that implement it better.

Finally we have a smartphone that is actually iPhone sized. It's made by Aava and is a bit thicker, but lighter than an iPhone 3GS:

The UI on this phone is more like the traditional Moblin UI.

This is a huge step forward to see working devices that can make phone calls based on Moorestown. Cortex A9 vs. Moorestown this year? I'm excited.

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  • alkarl - Saturday, January 09, 2010 - link

    could moblin run epsxe on such devices ?? Reply
  • Griswold - Saturday, January 09, 2010 - link

    When I look at this huge LG phone thingy, I feel set back to the 90s with its phone monstrosities.

    Looks like x86 is still far away from being ready to power really small devices. I wouldnt be surprised if we're looking at 4-5hrs standby here. :P

    Next please.
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  • IntelUser2000 - Saturday, January 09, 2010 - link

    Pessimist:

    http://arstechnica.com/open-source/news/2010/01/mo...">http://arstechnica.com/open-source/news...artphone...

    "LG says that the product has a 1850mAh battery and can endure five hours of 3G browsing on a single charge."

    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2357918,00.as...">http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2357918,00.as...

    "The GW990 gets about 4 hours of talk time and 300 hours of standby on its 1850 mAh battery."

    5 hour 3G Browsing Time
    300 hour standby

    The Aava concept is much smaller.
    Reply
  • nofumble62 - Friday, January 08, 2010 - link

    Direct competition to my iPhone hah?? go take a hike. Reply
  • pcfxer - Friday, January 08, 2010 - link

    How was the Starbucks? Or was that not yours? Reply
  • velanapontinha - Friday, January 08, 2010 - link

    This is totally off topic, but I had to let you know: the OCZ DDR3 ad in the homepage is very flashy at spreading ignorance: "lifetime warranty for piece of mind" PIECE of mind??? Reply
  • MadMan007 - Friday, January 08, 2010 - link

    The LG Smartphone actually made me 'lol.' It's like a funhouse mirror version of an iPhone...sooo goofy looking! Reply
  • Roland00 - Thursday, January 07, 2010 - link

    I am curious of the aspect ratio for that display Reply
  • Manabu - Thursday, January 07, 2010 - link

    I wonder the battery life of those devices. Especially the last phone. This should be really a jump in power efficiency for Intel. I'm surprised.

    BUT, those tablets wont be able to run Windows 7, right?
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  • jigglywiggly - Thursday, January 07, 2010 - link

    I really can't wait for this, Intel's perf on these cpus will kill everything arm has to offer. Reply

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