Mozilla is beginning to test Firefox OS on tablets. The browser-based operating system is designed to run web apps written using HTML5 and other web technologies and it’s already available on a handful of low-end smartphones.

If the specs for the first Firefox OS tablet prototypes are anything to go by, the first tablet-sized devices running Mozilla’s software will also be low-cost, low-end devices.

Firefox OS tablet

Mozilla’s Asa Dotler has shared the specs for the first devices in the Firefox OS tablet program. It has a 10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and an Allwinner A31 ARM Cortex-A7 quad-core processor with PowerVR SGX 544 graphics.

The tablet has front and rear cameras, WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS, a microSD card slot and micro USB port and a 7000mAh battery.

The tablet’s built by Foxconn, and it basically has the specs of a low-end Android tablet.

That doesn’t mean all Firefox OS tablets will be low-cost devices, but it’s not a bad place to start. Mozilla’s hardware partners have been launching Firefox OS phones initially in developing markets, where smartphone and tablet saturation isn’t as high as it is in the US and Europe — and where a newcomer might have a better chance to compete with Android, iOS, and other dominant platforms in developed markets.

via Geek

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8 replies on “Meet the first Firefox OS tablet prototype”

  1. Those might be ‘low end specs’ for 2014 but that would be mainstream just a year ago. The only spec that looks low end is the AllWinner SoC but I suspect it is plenty fast for anything the platform is going to allow. Doubt there are going to be many 3D games running on a HTML5 only device.

    And that is the problem, the platform is low end, not the hardware.

    1. I’d be surprised if there isn’t an AOSP or CM rom made for this thing shortly after it comes out.

  2. My guess, regarding the purchase of all tablets, is that most people pay WAY too much for what they actually end up using, OR needing.

    Success for this device seems assured, since it appears that its cost should be far more in line with its benefits than in most devices, i.e., you won’t be paying for a lot of features you don’t need and–in all likelihood–will never use.

    This is the reason I haven’t bought a tablet.

    I’m going to buy one of these.

    1. I think the value in firefox os is a browser on every screen, and a cheap screen anywhere you can imagine it. I’m sure that’s google’s Android endgame too, but do you want every screen in your house advertising crap at you….

      If they can get the OS working on a variety of hardware the idea starts becoming viable.

  3. It will be ingesting to see how Firefox does with that low end hardware.

  4. Battery Life could be AMAZING on this one. Those A7’s do have great battery life but most manufacuteres just put tiny batteries in. With an A7 and decent battery in this could make this an all day beast. And for everything I have done on my tablet with the A31 has not lagged at all. I will be buying this tablet when it comes out.

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