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Mozilla Working on $25 Firefox OS Smartphones With Spreadtrum SC6821 SoC

February 24th, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

The cheapest Android smartphones cost about $50, and this price is still a barrier to entry to many, as about 46.4% of phones sold worldwide in 2013 were feature phones according to Gartner, which still corresponds to about 838 million units per year. Mozilla and Spreadtrum are currently working together to bring $25 smartphones to market, and that’s retail price, running Firefox OS and powered by the latest Spreadtrum SC6821 SoC.

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$25 Firefox OS Smartphone – Source: Twitter

The $25 smartphone will come with 128 MB RAM, 256 MB NAND flash, and feature a 3.5″ HVGA touchscreen, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, FM radio, and run Firefox OS with HTML5 apps such as Twitter and Facebook, and access to a full web browser, according to Spreadtrum representatives. You would certainly not trade this phone with your existing Android phone, but if all you could afford until now was a feature phone, these upcoming ultra low cost Firefox OS smartphones could be appealing.

Spreatrum also put out a press release about their new SC6821 SoC with WCDMA support, but gave very little details, preferring to mention Mozilla partnership. I could not even find out if it is ARM based or not.

The $25 phone prototype is now being showcased in Mozilla booth at Mobile World Congress 2014.

Via EETimes

  1. onebir
    February 24th, 2014 at 14:16 | #1

    SC6820 & 6825 are Cortex A5; barring a complete breakdown of their naming convention SC6821 should be too. Will Firefox really run ok in 128MB RAM?

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  3. February 24th, 2014 at 14:47 | #3

    @onebir
    They are working on it, now Firefox OS uses about 92 MB RAM after boot. http://goo.gl/JuDCCL
    https://wiki.mozilla.org/FirefoxOS/Tarako

    Thanks. I think I could remove that “WCDMA” from my post though… I must have mis-read something…

  4. Xan
    February 25th, 2014 at 02:42 | #4

    SD slot ? If so I could find few uses for it.

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