Intel’s upcoming Moorestown platform for MID’s is still some time away, but rather unexpected we bumped into a mock-up of a device from Wistron which will be based on the new Intel Atom platform for mobile internet devices. It bears an uncanny resemblance to the LG BL40 Chocolate, but there’s very little apart from the unusual screen size that the two have in common.
Although this isn’t an actual production device as yet, it looks quite promising and it has piqued our interested in the Moorestown platform, something earlier devices failed to do. The mock-up was displayed at the Ericsson booth during the Taiwan Broadband show and it’s an easy explanation as to why this was the case, as Intel and Ericsson are working together to bring 3G data modules to the Moorestown platform.
Looking at the device itself starting on the right hand side, we can see what appears to be a pair of air vents, which is suggesting that the Moorestown platform is still running quite hot, or at least hotter than ARM based devices. There’s also a shutter button here for the rear mounted 5 Megapixel camera.
On the left hand side is a pair of volume control buttons and a small cover that protects a USB port of the mini or micro variety, a micro SD card slot and a micro HDMI connector. The HDMI connector makes this an interesting device for those that want a very portable computer, yet needs the option to connect it to an external display or projector.
On the top is a 3.5mm audio jack for a headset and the power button. The front of the handsets houses the elongated screen which will hopefully offer a resolution of 800 pixels width, but as it’s a very wide display, there won’t be a lot of vertical space when browsing websites. There’s also what appears to be an ear piece here and two buttons for initiating and ending calls which suggests that Wistron is intending to compete with Smartphones with this device.
We’d also guess that it comes with built in WiFi and Blueooth and of course that 3G/HSDPA module from Ericsson. It looks like MID’s might just become a replacement for Smartphones in the near future, if the price is right. As an interesting side note, it seems like Wistron borrowed a few Apple logo’s for the fake screen on the device, but we’re fairly certain that this device won’t be running OS X.