Edelweiss the First ALP Powered Smartphone?
An Israeli firm has announced what could very well become the first shipping smartphone running the Access Linux Platform. Dubbed the Edelweiss, the GSM phone features an impressive list of features most notably a 3.5 inch 480 x 854 pixel touchscreen display.
If there are any ALP holdouts still out there, you're going to have to likely plan a trip to Russia in order to get your hands on one. At this point, the Edelweiss is only rumored to be launching in Russia later this month. The company has created a preview site for the phone, while mainly in Russian, it does list the specs in English and shows the device from all angles.
The Edelweiss is named after an alpine flower and was designed by Emblaze and is said to be manufactured by Sharp. Emblaze first announced a licensing deal with Access and Sharp just over a year ago. ALP is a the mobile Linux based Operating System developed by Access and the former PalmSource group. It offers compatibility with native mobile Linux apps, Palm OS Garnet Applications and Java (J2ME) apps.
The Phone itself sports a seemingly buttonless all screen design, highly reminiscent of the iPhone. It has a glass 3.5 inch 480 x 854 pixel touchscreen display, a quad band GSM phone radio with Tri-band UMTS support (850/1900/2100). 8 or 16GB of internal flash memory, a 1450 mAh battery, proximity and ambient light sensors, gps and a 3.2 megapixel camera with auto-focus. It has dimensions of 115 x 56 x 12.3mm (4.5" x 2.2" x .48" inches) and weighs 130g (4.6 ounces).
The Monolith Project
Emblaze is also reportedly working on a second ALP device code-named the Monolith. It is said to be based on five years of research and will be announced sometime in 2009.
Thanks to Sven for the tip.
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