Firefox OS at MWC 2014: Mozilla Unveils Reference Smartphone and Tablets, Alcatel Introduces 3 Smartphones and one Tablet, $25 Smartphone on the way

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MWC 2014 is off and running, and there’s been no shortage of Firefox OS news so far. Some say the mobile OS will go nowhere, with Android and iOS dominating much of the world. But if Mozilla and Alcatel have their way, smartphone users in emerging markets will be sporting $25 Firefox OS smartphones. Sound too good to be true? It’s not.

First off, Mozilla has announced a new developer model smartphone, the Firefox OS Flame which rocks a 4.5″ screen and a dual-core processor. A few tablets were also announced by Mozilla, the 7 inch VIA Vixen and the 10 inch Foxconn InFocus, also development devices. Mozilla also unveiled new developer tools, which will help developers and manufacturers make adjustments to the devices. Check out the specs of the Firefox OS Flame, VIA Vixen and Foxconn InFocus reference devices below.

Firefox OS Flame reference device specifications

  • 4.5″ screen (FWVGA 854×480 pixels)
  • Qualcomm MSM8210 Snapdragon, 1.2GHZ Dual core processor
  • Dual SIM
  • 5MP rear camera
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • 256MB -1GB RAM (adjustable by developers), 8GB Internal storage
  • 3G, WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, Micro USB aGPS, NFC
  • 1800 mAh battery

VIA Vixen reference device specifications

  • 7″ (1024×600 pixels) LCD display
  • 1.2 GHz Dual Core Cortex-A9 processor with Mali-400 GPU
  • 2MP rear camera
  • 0.3MP front-facing camera
  • 1GB RAM, 8GB storage
  • Wifi: 802.11 b/g/n

Foxconn InFocus reference device specifications

  • 10-inch (1280 x 800 pixels, 24-bit color) screen
  • 1 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex A7 Allwinner A31 processor with PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU
  • 5MP rear camera
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • 2GB RAM, 16GB storage
  • WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, Micro USB, A-GPS
  • 7,000 mAh battery

Alcatel announced three Firefox OS powered smartphones and one tablet, all with entry to mid-level specs. The smartphones include the Alcatel OneTouch Fire C, Fire E and Fire S, with Alcatel’s tablet carrying the name of OneTouch Fire 7. Check out the specs below.

Alcatel OneTouch Fire C

  • 3.5″ 320 x 480 pixel HVGA TFT display
  • dual-core processor running at 1.2GHz
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 4GB of internal storage, microSD card slot for expansion
  • VGA rear camera
  • 1300mAh battery
  • HSPA+ connectivity

Alcatel OneTouch Fire E

  • 4.5″ 540 x 960 pixel qHD IPS display
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 4GB of internal storage
  • 5MP rear-facing camera, VGA front-facing camera
  • LED flash
  • 1700mAh battery

Alcatel OneTouch Fire S

  • 4.5: qHD display
  • quad-core 1.2GHz processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8MP rear-facing camera, 2MP front-facing camera

Next up we have Alcatel’s Firefox OS tablet, which is being kept a bit of a mystery. Alcatel hasn’t shown any pictures of the device, and claims the tablet as a concept device. We’ll see when and if Alcatel rolls it out to the public anytime soon. In the meantime, check the known specs below.

Firefox OS tablet – Alcatel OneTouch Fire 7

  • 7″ 540 x 960 qHD display
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • front and rear facing VGA cameras

Last but not least, Mozilla has a $25 Firefox OS device coming soon. In a partnership with Spreadtrum, Mozilla will be offering Firefox OS devices for as low as $25. Yes, the devices will be on the lower end of the spec spectrum, but amazing specs aren’t the point of Firefox OS devices.

Firefox OS will be making its way to 12 new markets in the first half of 2014, with Telefonica launching devices in Argentina, Costa Roca, El Salvador, Ecuador, Germany, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Panama. Deutsche Telekom will push Firefox OS to Croatia, the Czech Republic, Macedonia and Montenegro.

That’s all the Firefox OS news we’ve got for now. Stay tuned for more as our coverage of MWC 2014 in Barcelona continues.

via: fonearena , phonearena , Android Central

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