Spreadtrum and Mozilla to develop low cost smartphone

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by CBR Staff Writer| 24 February 2014

The companies have unveiled a $25 smartphone.

Spreadtrum Communications and Mozilla unveiled the new SC6821, which is said to be the first $25 smartphone, at the Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.

The new devices are expected to offer global accessibility of open Web smartphones to first-time and entry-level smartphone buyers, and reduce the time and costs of manufacturing handsets.

Mozilla Asia Operations president Li Gong said the combination of Firefox OS with Spreadtrum's entry-level smartphone platforms has the potential to dramatically extend the reach of smartphones and the Web globally.

"Firefox OS delivers a customized, fun and intuitive experience for first-time smartphone buyers and our collaboration with Spreadtrum enables the industry to offer customers an extremely affordable way to get a smartphone and connect with Web apps," Gong added.

SC6821 is a low memory configuration smartphone with a high level of integration that allows companies to develop devices with 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreens, integrated WiFi, Bluetooth, FM and camera functions.

Firefox OS is said to support Facebook, Twitter, HERE Maps with offline capabilities, as well as Firefox Web browser and the Firefox Marketplace for apps.

Mozilla also unveiled a new reference phone called Firefox OS Flame that should allow developers to test the capabilities of Firefox OS in a real environment.

The new mobile, which comes with a mobile network, hardware characteristics like the accelerometer, NFC and camera, is powered by a 1.2GH dual core Qualcomm MSM8210 Snapdragon processor.

Firefox OS Flame comes with changeable RAM capacity from 1GB to 256MB for the testing of app performance on phones with lower specs.

The new phone features a 4.5inch screen with FWVGA 854×480 pixels display, a 5MP rear camera, a 2MP front camera and 8GB of memory.

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