Hi guys, it seem you are talking about the GTA04 without actually naming it!
(in case you didn't know about it, as the software when it works and you like it, there is no need to re-invent the hardware if there is one board that actually work well and nice for our purposes)
They are planning to produce about a hundred of boards in a few weeks, so hurry up! Contact them if you are interested
The prices look really bad, but with theses little production batches, they arenot able to discuss the price with their distributors, also, this is more or less the price of all the components anyone could buy separatly without any volume rebate, but thing can evolve fast and make more and more persons interested and happy "customers".
There are cad models for the "genuine" case that are buidable by shapeways: also, a lot of mods are coming from the community (like bigger screens, or batteries, solar panels, pixel qi displays, etc...
see : 3D Printed GTA04 Case | SlyBlog
Note that at this price, using this commercial method ((the simplest, with a very few money and funding), goldelico is only releasing a sort of proof of concept phone, not a commercial one, but one can imagine that with a little more people interested , they could grow very fast and obviously offer better deals (having more distributors interested, biggest impact on the market, advertisment, etc...).
The processor could be upgraded too, in futures versions, you can also think about adding more ram, maybe the board design also could have an upgrade, but this one should require more work...
Goldelico only ship the board with a little optional SD with a minimal debian system, but:
A few months ago, a dozen of prototypes were sent to a few motivated devs, and 3 days after, these devs could:
-upgrade the kernel from 2.6.3x to 3.2.
- release qtmoko an opensource distro based on debian and qt-embedded (ex-qtopia),
- release a beta version of SHR.
- redesign some drivers in a very creative way, test the hardware a lot, and optimize power managment.
quoting Mickey Lauer post on that topic:
"If you want longterm support for a platform, your best bet is to build a community around it. But you will also want to work on hardware support otherwise you’ll run into the next dead end. "
and about webos possibly becoming opensource:
"If we could use the WebOS application stack on top of the FSO middleware, we may have a real chance to get something great and usable – and complete – soon."
(Michael Lauer - Freelancer / IT has seen a crazy year)
Videos showing the openphoenux GTA04 in action :goldelico - YouTube