Images, new details arrive on dual-boot Geeksphone Revolution


A bit over a month ago, we heard about a really interesting smartphone being worked on by the team at Geeksphone. You may recall the brand from its very early efforts into Firefox OS handsets, and this time it was returning to feature the upstart OS, but with a compelling twist: the phone would also be capable of running Android. We heard about a few specs back then, like a 4.7-inch qHD screen (quarter, not quad, mind you) and a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Atom SoC. Now we’re finally getting a look at the phone itself, learning some additional hardware details, and hearing more about the dual-OS capabilities.

Geeksphone now has a full spec breakdown on Revolution available, mentioning things like 1GB of RAM, 4GB of flash (with microSD expansion), and band support: there we get no LTE, and 3G support with an EU flavor to its coverage (2100MHz but no AWS).

Intriguingly, there’s no mention of Firefox OS by name; instead, the phone is described as running both Android and an “alternative OS,” which specifically can be Mozilla’s Boot 2 Gecko (aka Firefox OS) or “other community-developed builds.” In a statement, Geeksphone clarifies that this is a legal issue stemming from the lack of a non-carrier-affiliated way to get officially sanctioned Firefox OS certification, and until Mozilla makes such a thing available, Geeksphone can’t use the brand or its logo.

But that hiccup aside, we’re very interested in the possibility of running other non-Firefox platforms alongside Android. A Ubuntu option, perhaps? Whatever the case may be, look for a polished way to transition between platforms, which Geeksphone describes as taking “just a couple clicks.”

Source: Geeksphone
Via: Engadget

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