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New Geeksphone to run Android and Firefox OS on x86

Dec 27, 2013 — by Eric Brown 3,338 views

Mozilla’s hardware partner for unlocked Firefox OS phones revealed that it is prepping a new phone that will run both Android and Firefox OS, on an Intel processor.

Not much was heard this month from the early leader in the new wave of mobile Linux operating systems, Firefox OS. However, on Dec. 20, Spanish hardware designer Geeksphone, which has previously introduced the Peak, Peak+, and Keon phones running Firefox OS, tipped a new phone called the Revolution that it will “market” in the first quarter of 2014. The Revolution will ship with Android, but also supports Firefox OS, and other presumably Linux-based “alternatives.”

Geeksphone’s Revolution smartphone teaser
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The Revolution is notable for its use of Intel’s 1.6GHz Atom Z2560 (“Clover Trail+”) system-on-chip. The unlocked phone will have a 4.7-inch, IPS qHD display, as well as a 2000mAh battery, plus an “HD-capable 8MP camera with flash and expandable storage.”


Throughout the year, a number of Android phones and tablets have debuted with the Atom Z2560, including Samsung’s 10.1-inch version of the Galaxy Tab 3 tablet. Most Clover Trail+ Android devices have bypassed the U.S. market, and few have been top sellers.

It’s expected that Intel will have better success in 2014 with its faster, more battery efficient “Merrifield” SoC, which has yet to be unveiled. This is another variation of the same 22nm “Silvermont” architecture used by Intel’s new “Bay Trail” tablet (Atom Z3000) and embedded (Atom E3800) SoCs.

Further details about the Revolution phone will eventually emerge on the Geeksphone website.

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