Firefox OS developer tablet details revealed

CES 2014 brought with it some news of what’s next for Mozilla and Firefox OS, including the platform making its way to televisions (webOS-style) as well as tablets. The company shared just such a tablet design, and offered a few initial specs, but this week the full picture finally emerges, as we get our hands on the details behind the first Firefox OS tablet.

Like some of that early Tizen hardware we’ve mentioned on occasion, this Firefox tablet is intended specifically for developer use; don’t count on seeing this hardware available in stores. That said, it still may be able to give us some insight as to what we might expect from the eventual commercial release of similar devices.

Much as Firefox OS phones don’t really push many limits, the tablet’s hardware is similarly restrained. It’s manufactured by InFocus and features a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 display – that right there should set the stage for where we’re going from here. Devs can look forward to working with a quad-core 1GHz A7-based SoC (so, sort of Moto G-like), 16GB flash, 2GB RAM, and a 5-megapixel rear camera with 2MP front-facer. It looks like it’s WiFi-only and packs a 7000mAh battery.

As you can see up top, it’s not the prettiest thing, either, but this is just a starting point. Could this effort one day lead to a cheap, decently powerful tablet with solid battery life? Maybe, but the budget tablet space already has some fierce competition from killer Android deals like the Nexus 7; Mozilla will have to bring its A-game to compete.

Source: Asa Dotzler
Via: Liliputing

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