Although the Intel Atom-powered LonMID M100 was only an engineering sample with an uncertain future the first time we saw it, my trusty newshound sent me a tip about a June 6th launch a few weeks ago that made it quite clear that the convertible dual-screened Linux phone wasn't destined to be seen once and then forgotten. Today we have further proof of that.
Pricing and availability are still stuck in the Great Unknown, but the device itself makes a prominent appearance on the newly discovered official LonMID website. Now shown only in dark red instead of black and gold, the 6.2" x 3.5" x 1.1" unit underwent a slight cosmetic procedure on its journey out of prototype status that appears to have removed the handset portion's hardware keypad. Images of the backside of the M100's 4.8" WVGA screen, which houses the 2.4" QVGA phone display, are rather small (see below), but the absence of that keypad is still unmistakable.
The specs haven't changed since the last time, though some of the ports/interfaces may have. Here's a quick rundown:
- 800MHz Intel Atom Z500 processor
- 512MB DDR2 RAM (up to 1GB)
- 4GB SSD
- Midinux operating system
- 4.8" primary touchscreen (800 x 480), 2.4" secondary display (320 x 240)
- Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, 802.11b/g
- I/O: SIM card slot, microSD card slot, USB 2.0, miniUSB, headphone jack, microphone
The engineering sample also featured an additional miniUSB port and headphone jack, rear camera, call buttons, and stylus slot. The final unit may also have these, but it isn't listed in the official specs or discernible from any of the new photos.