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.
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.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.
8 Replies to “Mozilla Working on $25 Firefox OS Smartphones With Spreadtrum SC6821 SoC”
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?
They are working on it, now Firefox OS uses about 92 MB RAM after boot. http://goo.gl/JuDCCL
Thanks. I think I could remove that “WCDMA” from my post though… I must have mis-read something…
SD slot ? If so I could find few uses for it.
I’ve just noticed there are $25 android phones, available without contract, albeit locked to a service called Tracfone.