I saw this over at Engadget today, it's a video of what many are assuming will be the next-generation Chocolate by LG.

Two things stuck out about the phone; first, its form factor. It's unusually long for a smartphone, but I do remember at least one more example of an unusually long smartphone:

The phone above my iPhone in this pic is actually a mockup of a Moorestown based device that Intel has been showing off for a while. Could the new LG phone be the first Moorestown based smartphone?

The answer is unfortunately, no. Despite the similarities in design to the Moorestown mockup and despite the ridiculously fast UI, there's no Moorestown in this phone. The video lists the phone as coming out in 2009 and Moorestown isn't arriving until 2010. Chances are that this new LG phone is using a SoC based on ARM's Cortex A8. While I don't think it's impossible for the Cortex A8 to deliver such a smooth UI, it is just far more believable that Moorestown could do it.

The second thing that stuck out is obviously the phone's awkward shape. The extremely long phone has a 4" screen, something called an "Active Flash UI" , touch screen keyboard and an active camera UI that lets you smoothly apply filters to your viewfinder before you take your photo (hooray).

Intel and LG do have a good working relationship, but the fruits of their collaboration won't be seen with this phone. That being said, if the video isn't a blatant lie, that's one sweet looking phone.

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  • cfaalm - Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - link

    It looks like the front of a car radio. Reply
  • WillyThePimp - Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - link

    Why It's unfortunate not to have a Moorestown SoC on it? Is Moorestown a much better and higher performing platform compared to the well-known and richly developed OMAP3? Does hold its power consumption an advantage to Omap36xx? What you say? Dual Core and HT? Those features drain a NetBook batteries in 4 hours!

    I mean, it kind of seems like a biased commentary, since it's been tested that the Cortex A8 render webpages at 80% speed of the Atom with only 60% of the frequency despite Cortex more-than-primitive FPU. (Ask any GCC contributor)

    If the industry actually wanted ATOMS for cellphones, I'm sure Intel would have delivered them centuries ago.

    (I don't consider myself as a troll, please refrain)
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  • IntelUser2000 - Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - link

    WillyThePimp:

    My Viliv S5's Atom 1.33GHz Z520 based MID has 4 hours minimum battery life and 5 hours video from 100 to 20% drain using a 22.9WHr battery. Atom isn't that far off, and pure performance wise, the Atom is about 40% faster than Cortex A8.
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  • T2k - Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - link

    "My Viliv S5's Atom 1.33GHz Z520 based MID has 4 hours minimum battery life and 5 hours video from 100 to 20% drain using a 22.9WHr battery."

    Yes and that, my friend, is exactly what he was saying: utterly pathetic for a phone, completely useless.
    Reply
  • faxon - Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - link

    video removed by the user lol, might want to find a mirror Reply
  • CZroe - Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - link

    "This video has been removed by the user."

    Anyone have a copy? ;)
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  • ssj4Gogeta - Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - link

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyOlByIIRck">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyOlByIIRck Reply
  • FuturEyes - Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - link

    Check out the similarity for yourself http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQa9nP4yyms">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQa9nP4yyms Reply
  • FuturEyes - Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - link

    Doesn't any one notice the similarity this phone has to the Nvidia Terga platform? It look just like their demo. I would place my bet that this is based on the Terga not ARM. Reply
  • Anand Lal Shimpi - Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - link

    Tegra is simply NVIDIA's name for its SoC that includes an ARM core. All the Tegra products are ARM11 based (albeit multi-core versions).

    It could very well be Tegra and the GPU could be powering much of the GUI.

    Take care,
    Anand
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