Neo FreeRunner

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What Does Neo FreeRunner Mean?

The Neo FreeRunner is a highly customizable smartphone device developed through the Openmoko project – a community dedicated to the development of mobile devices with open source software. Descended from the Neo 1973, the Neo FreeRunner features an elliptical form factor with a 2.84-inch high-resolution touch screen.


The Neo FreeRunner design is geared toward users with a high technical acumen and users that enjoy tinkering with phones and gadgets.

Techopedia Explains Neo FreeRunner

The Neo FreeRunner software, including the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) chip’s bootloader and software, may be easily updated. Because the Neo FreeRunner ships with a default OS, updates are not usually required prior to device startup.

An Internet connection is required for the installation of downloadable applications through online repositories. Although risky, new repositories may be added to allow for applications not included in the original OS.

Key Neo FreeRunner specifications include:

  • High-resolution (480×640 pixel) 2.84-inch touch screen display
  • 128 MB Synchronous DRAM (SDRAM)
  • An internal Global Positioning System (GPS) module
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • Tri-band GSM
  • Two 3D accelerometers
  • Touch screen interaction with a finger or stylus.

Built to run on a Linux-based platform, the Neo FreeRunner has been tested with a number of Linux-based operating systems (OS), including Openmoko Linux, Debian, Gentoo Linux and Android, as well as Inferno, which is a distributed OS.


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