Necuno is planning to launch a smartphone that will offer an opensource alternative to the existing Android and iOS-based devices
Necuno has partnered with KDE, the manufacturer of Plasma desktops for Linux and Plasma Mobile interface, to introduce a new smartphone range that will run on Linux operating system. This will be one of the first Linux-based smartphones that will be available to users as an alternative to the Android and iOS-based ones.
The opensource smartphone will be using the NXP’s Arm Cortex-A9 i.MX6 quad-core chipset with a Vivante GPU, which is an old processor. The manufacturer has, however, chosen it due to the ability to use free and open software without any binaries, public technical datasheets and the possibility to use Etnaviv’s free software-accelerated GPU driver. Necuno will manufacture the smartphone in Finland.
The Linux smartphone will have an aluminum body with a 5.5-inch display. It will also have a 3.5mm audio jack, micro-USB port and a programmable button. The operating system will be Linux-based with Plasma Mobile on top. Necuno has not made any revelations regarding the price, RAM or storage capacity of the forthcoming phone.
The company has, however, informed that the device will be made available initially without a cellular connection for security concerns. It will gradually incorporate the LTE option in the future.