KDE presents Necuno Mobile, a Smartphone with Plasma Mobile

Necuno Mobile

Much it has been spoken here in the blog about what the new generation will be (or at least we hope so many) of Smartphones with Linux natively installed along with this, to be able to enjoy our favorite desktop environment in this one and also have the already famous convergence of what Canonical promised us with Ubuntu Touch.

Well, recently the people in charge of the KDE project recently introduced the new smartphone that has the name "Necuno Mobile" and which of course has the Shell Plasma Mobile.

Necuno Mobile is a Smartphone developed jointly with Necuno Solutions and supplied with firmware based on the Plasma Mobile shell.

The device is positioned as a hardware platform with a totally open firmware, focused on guaranteeing the security and privacy of the users.

About Us Plasma Mobile

Plasma is a free and open source graphical user interface developed by KDE. Its Plasma Mobile platform is an effort to bring the Plasma graphical user interface to mobile devices.

Plasma Mobile It is a promising and true open source alternative for the duopoly. Plasma Mobile is based on the mobile version of the Plasma 5 desktop, the KDE Frameworks 5 libraries, the Voicecall / Ofono phone stack, and the Telepathy communication framework.

For graphics output, the kwin_wayland composite server is used. Plasma Mobile is not tied to the low-level components of the operating system, allowing the platform to run under different base operating systems, including launch on Ubuntu / Neon, Arch Linux, postmarketOS, and more.

The platform focuses on the launch of mobile applications written with Qt 5 and the Kirigami rapid application development framework.

It supports running plasma applications and widgets for the KDE Plasma desktop, as well as the ability to use programs written for the Ubuntu Touch, Sailfish, and Nemo platforms.

About Necuno Mobile

According to the manufacturer Necuno there are no closed firmware components on the phone that access the main memory of the device.

Since they They detail that the WiFi chip and the baseband modem are isolated and do not have access to the main memory or the processor.

For FCC / CE certification, the wireless chip must be equipped with organic firmware that does not allow going beyond specified frequency ranges, modulation types, and power levels.

To block the access of said proprietary firmware to the main memory of the device, it was decided to connect the wireless chip through the SDIO bus.

The privacy and security of our users are the primary focus of Necuno Solutions, and we are working with the Free Software communities to ensure that hardware is a welcoming platform for free and open source operating systems in the mobile ecosystem.

Plasma Mobile and Necuno solutions are a perfect match for community collaboration due to their shared values ​​regarding open source, privacy and security.

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Necuno Mobile components

The smartphone hardware sIt is built using the NXP i.MX6 SoC with a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor and a Vivante graphics accelerator.

All SoC i.MX6 technical documentation and BSP components are open for free download and auditing.

The platform can be implemented exclusively with the help of free software, including a free Etnaviv driver for the Vivante GPU.

Specific phone hardware details are as follows:

  • SoC: ARM Cortex-A9 NXP i.MX6 Quad
  • GPU: Vivante (Etnaviv)
  • 5,5 screen inches
  • Aluminum housing
  • 3.5mm audio out
  • Input type: Micro USB
  • WiFi (chip connected via SDIO)
  • 100 Mbit / s full Ethernet (!)
  • Serial port
  • LTE connection type.

The device was developed in collaboration with the free software developer community and was initially positioned as an optimal platform for open mobile operating systems.

The date of receipt of the phone as well as the sale date and the price will be announced later. The device is planned to be produced in Finland.


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  1.   Andreale Dicam said

    It is a pity that here in Latin America we are so far from this type of device. The brought in, the devalued currency exchange differential and not finding a market for parts make them inaccessible. You see little phones from strange brands, they are all Samsung, Huawei, Motorola, LG, Sony or iPhone, all but the last one are Android and they are seeing us to the mites.

    You really want some privacy and independence.