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The Neo FreeRunner (internal codename GTA02) is the second phone designed to run Openmoko software and is the direct descendant of the earlier [[FIC]] [[Neo1973]].    Hardware specs are [[Neo FreeRunner GTA02 Hardware|here]].
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== Finding out status before FreeRunner is released ==
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The '''Neo FreeRunner''' is the second phone designed to run Openmoko software and is the direct descendant of the earlier [[Neo 1973]].
  
To be emailed when it is released sign up to the announce mail list here http://lists.openmoko.org/mailman/listinfo/announce.    For frequently asked questions please check [[FAQ]].    Approximately, twice a month an Openmoko team member writes an update to the project here [[Community Updates]].
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== Specifications ==
  
No official launch date will be given until the phone is ready.
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* High resolution touch screen 2.84” (43mm x 58mm) 480x640 pixels
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* 128MB SDRAM memory
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* 256 MB integrated flash memory (expandable with microSD or microSDHC card)
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* microSD slot supporting up to 16GB SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) cards ([[Supported microSD cards]])
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* Internal [[Neo FreeRunner GPS|GPS]] module
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* Bluetooth
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* 802.11 b/g [[Neo FreeRunner Wifi|WiFi]]
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* 400Mhz ARM processor
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* 2 3D accelerometers
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* 2 LEDs illuminating the two buttons on the rim of the case (one bicolor [blue|orange] behind the power button, 1 unicolor [red] behind the aux button)
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* Tri-band GSM and GPRS
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* USB Host function with 500mA power, allowing you to power USB devices for short periods (will drain the FreeRunner battery faster)
  
== Intended use and users ==
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'''Versions''': The Neo FreeRunner is available in two versions, one for the GSM bands of North America (850/1800/1900 Mhz), and one for the GSM bands in the rest of the world (900/1800/1900 Mhz). Unless you explicitly discuss this, a local reseller may by default send you the version appropriate to the distributors location.
  
The Neo FreeRunner is a GNU/Linux based touch screen smart phone aimed at general consumer use as well as GNU/Linux desktop users and GNU/Linux software developers.
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A full list of the hardware specs and components of the Neo FreeRunner can be found at [[Neo FreeRunner Hardware]].
  
General phone users will appreciate the high spec and performance of the phone and the wide range of free and custom software packages that you are free to install to make the maximum use of the hardware for your particular needs. Note that software tweaks and improvements will continue after launch as both the Openmoko team developers and the wider linux community work together.
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A comparison between [[Neo 1973]] and Neo FreeRunner is available at [[Neo 1973 vs Neo FreeRunner]].
  
GNU/Linux users and software developers will appreciate the total freedom they have to use and design software for the FreeRunner
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== Getting the Neo FreeRunner ==
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[[Image:Freerunner02.gif|200px|right]]
  
== What are the specs ==
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The FreeRunner can be purchased from a [[distributors|distributor]]. The software available on the phone makes it suitable for power users and developers only -- it is not yet ready for the general consumer. Email announcements are found on the [http://lists.openmoko.org/mailman/listinfo/announce announce mailing list]. For frequently asked questions please check [[FAQ]].
  
The specs share some features with the previous [[Neo1973]] such as
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== Intended use and users ==
  
* A very high resolution touch screen (1.7" x 2.27" - 43mm x 58mm) 480x640 pixels
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The Neo FreeRunner is a Linux-based touch screen smart phone ultimately aimed at general consumer use as well as Linux desktop users and software developers.
* 128MB SDRAM memory to allow operation of many applications at once
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* Internal GPS module for map and tracking programs
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* Bluetooth for local data exchange
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* Physical appearance will be the same as the Neo1973. See openmoko.com for more.
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but will gain the additional features of
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Linux users and software developers will appreciate the total freedom they have to use and design software for the FreeRunner.
  
* 802.11 b/g WiFi for fast web browsing and data transfer
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General phone users will eventually appreciate the high spec and performance of the phone and the wide range of free software packages expected to emerge. These will allow users to make the maximum use of the hardware and tailor it to their particular needs. Since launch, the pace of software tweaks and improvements has increased as both the Openmoko team developers and the wider community work together.
* A faster 400Mhz processor (up from 266MHz)
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* A hardware Graphics Accelerator chip allowing the acceleration of a limited set of operations.
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== How usable is it? ==
** Unfortunately, this is on a shared slow (7M/s) bus with the SD card.
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* 2 3D accelerometers so that the phone can know its orientation for example switching to landscape mode automatically
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* 2 LEDs illuminating the two buttons on the rim of the case (one bicolor [blue|orange] behind the power button, 1 unicolor [red] behind the aux button)
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* Tri-band GSM and GPRS for North America (850/1800/1900 Mhz) and the rest of the world (900/1800/1900 Mhz)
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* USB Host function with 500mA power allowing you to power USB devices for short periods (will drain the FreeRunner battery faster)
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A full list of the hardware specs and components of the Neo FreeRunner (internal codename GTA02xxx) can be found here [[Neo FreeRunner GTA02 Hardware]]
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With most distributions the FreeRunner is working as a reliable phone. However it still has usability issues and many advanced features are still missing. (For example with SHR, the most used distribution, the phone keeps ringing for a second after a call has been accepted) For more information see [[Distributions#Features by distribution/release_target|distributions]].
  
A comparison between Neo 1973 and Neo FreeRunner is [[Neo1973: GTA01Bv4 versus GTA02 comparison|here]]
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Please see the [[FreeRunner: Selected Blogs and Articles]] to get more reviews. The [[Neo FreeRunner Hardware Issues]] page may also be of interest.
  
== What is the price? ==
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== See also ==
  
The device will be sold in multiple channels (including [http://www.openmoko.com Openmoko.com]), the official price has been set to 399$ but it could slightly vary in some countries (due to taxes).
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*[[Getting Started with your Neo FreeRunner]]
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*[[FAQ]]
  
[[Category:Hardware Support]]
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[[Category:Neo FreeRunner Hardware| ]]
[[Category:GTA02 Hardware| ]]
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[[Category:GTA02| ]]

Latest revision as of 12:43, 20 December 2011


The Neo FreeRunner is the second phone designed to run Openmoko software and is the direct descendant of the earlier Neo 1973.

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[edit] Specifications

  • High resolution touch screen 2.84” (43mm x 58mm) 480x640 pixels
  • 128MB SDRAM memory
  • 256 MB integrated flash memory (expandable with microSD or microSDHC card)
  • microSD slot supporting up to 16GB SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) cards (Supported microSD cards)
  • Internal GPS module
  • Bluetooth
  • 802.11 b/g WiFi
  • 400Mhz ARM processor
  • 2 3D accelerometers
  • 2 LEDs illuminating the two buttons on the rim of the case (one bicolor [blue|orange] behind the power button, 1 unicolor [red] behind the aux button)
  • Tri-band GSM and GPRS
  • USB Host function with 500mA power, allowing you to power USB devices for short periods (will drain the FreeRunner battery faster)

Versions: The Neo FreeRunner is available in two versions, one for the GSM bands of North America (850/1800/1900 Mhz), and one for the GSM bands in the rest of the world (900/1800/1900 Mhz). Unless you explicitly discuss this, a local reseller may by default send you the version appropriate to the distributors location.

A full list of the hardware specs and components of the Neo FreeRunner can be found at Neo FreeRunner Hardware.

A comparison between Neo 1973 and Neo FreeRunner is available at Neo 1973 vs Neo FreeRunner.

[edit] Getting the Neo FreeRunner

Freerunner02.gif

The FreeRunner can be purchased from a distributor. The software available on the phone makes it suitable for power users and developers only -- it is not yet ready for the general consumer. Email announcements are found on the announce mailing list. For frequently asked questions please check FAQ.

[edit] Intended use and users

The Neo FreeRunner is a Linux-based touch screen smart phone ultimately aimed at general consumer use as well as Linux desktop users and software developers.

Linux users and software developers will appreciate the total freedom they have to use and design software for the FreeRunner.

General phone users will eventually appreciate the high spec and performance of the phone and the wide range of free software packages expected to emerge. These will allow users to make the maximum use of the hardware and tailor it to their particular needs. Since launch, the pace of software tweaks and improvements has increased as both the Openmoko team developers and the wider community work together.

[edit] How usable is it?

With most distributions the FreeRunner is working as a reliable phone. However it still has usability issues and many advanced features are still missing. (For example with SHR, the most used distribution, the phone keeps ringing for a second after a call has been accepted) For more information see distributions.

Please see the FreeRunner: Selected Blogs and Articles to get more reviews. The Neo FreeRunner Hardware Issues page may also be of interest.

[edit] See also

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The Neo FreeRunner (internal codename GTA02) is the second phone designed to run Openmoko software and is the direct descendant of the earlier FIC Neo1973. Hardware specs are here.

Finding out status before FreeRunner is released

To be emailed when it is released sign up to the announce mail list here http://lists.openmoko.org/mailman/listinfo/announce. For frequently asked questions please check FAQ. Approximately, twice a month an Openmoko team member writes an update to the project here Community Updates.

No official launch date will be given until the phone is ready.

Intended use and users

The Neo FreeRunner is a GNU/Linux based touch screen smart phone aimed at general consumer use as well as GNU/Linux desktop users and GNU/Linux software developers.

General phone users will appreciate the high spec and performance of the phone and the wide range of free and custom software packages that you are free to install to make the maximum use of the hardware for your particular needs. Note that software tweaks and improvements will continue after launch as both the Openmoko team developers and the wider linux community work together.

GNU/Linux users and software developers will appreciate the total freedom they have to use and design software for the FreeRunner

What are the specs

The specs share some features with the previous Neo1973 such as

  • A very high resolution touch screen (1.7" x 2.27" - 43mm x 58mm) 480x640 pixels
  • 128MB SDRAM memory to allow operation of many applications at once
  • Internal GPS module for map and tracking programs
  • Bluetooth for local data exchange
  • Physical appearance will be the same as the Neo1973. See openmoko.com for more.

but will gain the additional features of

  • 802.11 b/g WiFi for fast web browsing and data transfer
  • A faster 400Mhz processor (up from 266MHz)
  • A hardware Graphics Accelerator chip allowing the acceleration of a limited set of operations.
    • Unfortunately, this is on a shared slow (7M/s) bus with the SD card.
  • 2 3D accelerometers so that the phone can know its orientation for example switching to landscape mode automatically
  • 2 LEDs illuminating the two buttons on the rim of the case (one bicolor [blue|orange] behind the power button, 1 unicolor [red] behind the aux button)
  • Tri-band GSM and GPRS for North America (850/1800/1900 Mhz) and the rest of the world (900/1800/1900 Mhz)
  • USB Host function with 500mA power allowing you to power USB devices for short periods (will drain the FreeRunner battery faster)

A full list of the hardware specs and components of the Neo FreeRunner (internal codename GTA02xxx) can be found here Neo FreeRunner GTA02 Hardware

A comparison between Neo 1973 and Neo FreeRunner is here

What is the price?

The device will be sold in multiple channels (including Openmoko.com), the official price has been set to 399$ but it could slightly vary in some countries (due to taxes).