If world number one Samsung has taught the mobile industry anything, it’s perhaps that sometimes the best policy is to throw a whole bunch of crud at the wall and see what sticks.
Seemingly subscribing to that notion, Mozilla’s partners have announced no less than seven new Firefox OS devices between them.
French manufacturer Alcatel is to blame/thank for four of those, namely the Fire C, Fire E and Fire S smartphones, alongside the Fire 7 tablet. Incidentally, the Alcatel Fire 7 is in fact the first Firefox OS tablet.
Here are some key specs:
- Alcatel Fire C specs: 3.5in display (320 x 480), 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 2GB of user-accessible storage (with microSD), VGA rear camera, 1,300mAh battery
- Alcatel Fire E specs: 4.5in display (540 x 960), 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 2GB of user-accessible storage (with microSD), 5MP rear camera, VGA front camera, 1,700mAh battery
- Alcatel Fire S specs: 4.5in display (540 x 960), 1.2GHz quad-core processor, possibly 1GB of RAM (unconfirmed), 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, LTE connectivity
- Alcatel Fire 7 specs: 7in display (540 x 960), 1.2GHz dual-core processor, VGA cameras
Throwing in a pair of its own, Chinese manufacturer ZTE has the Open C and Open II, both of which were vaguely announced back at CES 2014. Now we gots more deets.
- ZTE Open C specs: 4in (480 x 800), 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, 512MB of RAM, 2MP rear camera, 1,200mAh battery
- ZTE Open II specs: 3.5in (320 x 480), 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 256MB of RAM, 2GB internal storage 1,150mAh battery
Finally, rounding off the septet is the Huawei Y300 (not to be confused with the Android-rockin' Y300 *sigh*), with a 4in WVGA display, 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 1,950mAh battery, 5MP rear camera, and VGA front camera,
Good lord. Chances are I’ve probably confused some of those specs along the way (as various other sites have), but you get the idea: low-end, wallet-friendly garbage aimed at emerging markets.