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Moblin Linux on x86 Smartphone: Intel's Small Step Forward

During a press briefing at CES on Thursday, Intel CEO Paul Otellini revealed the LG GW990, a Moorestown-powered smartphone that runs Intel's Linux-based Moblin operating system. The product is expected to arrive on the market in the second half of this year.

When Intel lifted the curtain on Moorestown last year, the company contended that it would finally make it possible to bring the x86 architecture to smartphones. The claim seemed somewhat fantastical, but now Intel and LG could potentially deliver on that promise. Moorestown is said to be considerably more energy efficient than Intel's previous Atom offerings, but it's still unclear what kind of battery life we can expect to get from devices like the GW990.

 

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