As the first smart phone powered by Intel’s Moorestown processor, the LG GW990 definitely pushes the boundaries of smart phone capabilities–and their dimensions. From the outside, this device looks like a longer first-gen iPhone with a few extra buttons along the sides, complete with a huge 4.8-inch resistive touchscreen. The expansive 1024 x 480 display is crisp, clear, and bright, and you can easily see Web pages like Amazon.com without having to scroll horizontally. Although we’d prefer a capacitive touchscreen, the display was responsive
On the inside, the Moblin OS has two distinct layouts. The first layout you’re presented with has three customizable panels that spin around like a 3D triangle. The second layout features horizontal lines of all the applications on the device divided by category and can be reached by pressing an on-screen button on the main menu.
One of the hallmark features of this device is that it plays 720p video. But as you’ll see in our video demonstration, it’s not only possible to play that 720p video without a hiccup, it’s possible to play the video with other apps open, such as the calendar and browser, without a single misplaced pixel in the video. Turn the GW990 horizontally and you can scroll through panes of your open applications, including a playing video, three at a time.
Overall, our initial impression is that the Moorestown processor is definitely a force to be reckoned with. The LG GW990 is still being tweaked but right now we love the Mobiln interface, the excellent multi-tasking abilities, and the beautiful screen. It’s expected to launch in the second half of the year, but, while you’re waiting, check out our video of the LG GW990 in action and plenty of shots of this super smart phone after the jump.