Geeksphone revealed specs for its unlocked Atom-based Revolution smartphone, set to ship Feb. 14 for about $270, with dual-booting Android and Firefox OS.
Spain-based Geeksphone tipped the Revolution the last week of December, revealing the major specs and the fact that it would support both Android and Firefox OS. An image was leaked in mid-January, followed by more informally revealed specs last week. Now, Geeksphone has finally posted full specs. Pre-sales are said to begin soon for a ship date beginning Feb. 14, starting at just above 200 Euros ($270). The ship date, however, may apply to unfulfilled pre-orders for the earlier, now discontinued Peak+ phone.
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Previously announced features include the relative novelty of an x86 processor: the dual-core Atom Z2560 member of Intel’s most recent smartphone-oriented Atom SoC generation, “Clover Trail+”. (Intel plans to announce the next generation, 22nm “Merrifield” Atom family at Mobile World Congress in late February.) We also knew about the Revolution’s 4.7-inch, IPS qHD display, 2000mAh battery, and HD-capable 8-megapixel camera.
Newly revealed features include a second, front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera with 1080p video support, as well as 1GB of DDR2 RAM and 4GB of eMMC flash. By comparison, Geeksphone’s earlier high-end model, the Peak+, featured the same RAM, flash, and camera, but had a somewhat slower 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 8225 SoC, as well as a smaller 4.3-inch qHD display, and a slightly less powerful 1800mAh battery.
Other features are also somewhat similar to the Peak+, including a microSD slot, WiFi and Bluetooth (now upgraded to Bluetooth 3.0), and a full array of sensors. Geeksphone doesn’t call the Revolution a world phone, but it offers just about all 2G and 3G flavors of cellular reception. There’s no 4G LTE, however.
Back and side views of the Revolution
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In comparison to the specs of other Android phones, the Revolution falls in the mid-range. Yet compared to other Firefox OS phones, it’s the top dog. Technically, it’s not the same commercial Firefox OS build, but rather Mozilla’s community-based B2G (Boot2Gecko) OS, which would presumably give Revolution users first crack at new Firefox OS features. According to forum comments by Geeksphone CEO Rodrigo Silva-Ramos, the Revolution is likely to run a B2G build equivalent to the latest Firefox OS 1.3.
Despite its Android first, dual-boot implementation, which allows users to swap out B2G OS for another, presumably Linux-based community OS, the unlocked phone is still essentially the closest thing there is to a Firefox OS development phone. It replaces Geeksphone’s Firefox-only Peak+, Peak, and Keon phones, which no longer appear to be available.
Summary of Revolution specs
Specifications listed for the Geeksphone Revolution include:
- Processor — Atom Z2560 (2x “Clover Trail+” x86 cores @ up to 1.6GHz)
- 1GB LPDDR2
- 4GB eMMC flash
- MicroSD slot for up to 32GB
- Display — 4.7-inch IPS qHD (960 x 540 pixel) LCD multi-touch
- 802.11 b/g/n
- Bluetooth 3.0
- HSPA/WCDMA 2100/1900/900/850MHz
- GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900MHz
- HSDPA up to 21Mbps
- HSUPA up to 5.76Mbps
- GPRS Class 12
- EDGE Class 12
- Light sensor
- Proximity sensor
- Camera — 8-megapixel rear-facing with flash LED; 1.3-megapixel front-facing with 1080p@30fps capture
- Other I/O — micro-USB; 3.5mm audio
- Battery — 2000mAh
- Dimensions — 135 x 64.8 x 9.8mm
- Operating system — Android 4.2.2; B2G OS (community Firefox OS); supports other alternative community OSes in place of B2G
Sign-up for Geeksphone Revolution notifications for pre-sales is available now. The first devices are expected to ship Feb. 14, starting at just above 200 Euros, or about $270, minus tax and shipping. More information may be found at the Geeksphone Revolution product page and the Geeksphone forum.