By Stephen Schenck | December 20, 2013 12:27 PM
Nearly 11 months ago we got a look at the first two commercial Firefox OS smartphones, the Keon and Peak from Geeksphone. Since then, we’ve seen other manufacturers emerge to develop phones for the platform, and Geeksphone itself has run into a little trouble, ending up forced to cancel the Peak’s follow-up, the Peak+. Still, it’s continuing on with support for the platform, and last month word emerged of a device called the Revolution, which would be capable of running both Android and Firefox OS. Today, some early hardware details of this model start coming to light.
Apparently we’re looking at a 4.7-inch qHD display, eight-megapixel main camera, 2000mAh battery, and a 1.6GHz Intel Atom SoC powering the phone – the same chip in the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1. None of that is great, but it’s certainly better than most of the Firefox OS phones out there, and sounds about in-line with what we expected from the canceled Peak+.
The dual Android/Firefox OS compatibility could easily be the phone’s big selling point – at least if it works well, and is convenient. So far, we haven’t heard any details on the specifics; could this be a choose-at-boot situation, with both platforms living on the phone at once, or will users have to reflash, like we see with the Oppo N1 and its CyanogenMod support?
The Geeksphone Revolution should ship sometime in the first quarter of next year.