What will the gPhone look like?

This Information Week article by Thomas Claburn is a delightful riff on what the ideal “mobile phone” will be like: In short, the home-office of the future, minus the furniture and major appliances. He dangles titillating clues about mobile technology and business trends as well as astute observations about the market forces that are both accelerating and impeding his ultimate gratification.

Here’s his wish list for the gPhone (an idealized mobile device, in other words) starting with the best phone he can find on the market today — the OpenMoko Neo 1973:

The OpenMoko Neo 1973 is built using a Samsung S3C2410AL-26 CPU, capable of running at up to 266 MHz, 64MB Samsung NAND flash, 128MB SDRAM,Texas Instruments (TXN)’ Calypso-based GSM modem, an AGPS module from Global Locate, GPRS analog baseband and RF transceiver chips, an 8GB Samsung microSD card, a TPO mobile LCD display and a Touch Screen controller, an audio subsystem, a vibration module, support for analog and Bluetooth headsets, a Phillips power management chip, and aNokia (NOK) BL5C battery, not to mention a stylus.

The OpenMoko Neo 1973

Being idealistic about this, though, we want a multi-touch screen (making the stylus optional), a more powerful processor (Via’s Mobile-ITX board, perhaps), WiMax support (not to mention UMTS and HSDPA support), Unlicensed Mobile Access (currently being offered in the United States by T-Mobile), an 8 megapixel camera that can take video and transmit it in a live stream, optional programmable buttons, an accelerometer (like the iPhone), ambient noise sensors, a digital compass, a fingerprint sensor, an LED flashlight and laser pointer, FM receiver and transmitter, RFID read/write capability, an inductive charger, a solar recharging panel, and multiple SIM slots.

(The photo is not in the original, I added it because this thing looks cool.) I’m not quite certain (but strongly suspect) that the author meant his second paragraph to be over-the-top — just about everything on the list is recognizable as being available in some handheld device or other at present, but it would be quite a trick to get that all in your pocket at once….


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