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MWC 2014 | Firefox announces $25 smartphone

New budget smartphone announced along with news of Firefox OS coming to 12 new markets.

Firefox might have trouble breaking into the high-end smartphone market given the strong foothold of iOS and Android, but they appear to be doing a great job with the other end of the spectrum. Today at MWC in Barcelona, the company announced that they plan on releasing a $25 smartphone, hoping to help more people worldwide access the internet.

The low-cost smartphone is possible thanks to a partnership between Mozilla and Spreadtrum Communications, which will provide the SC6821 chipset that runs the show. According to Mozilla, the new chipset uses low memory configuration and a high level of integration to reduce the total cost of materials needed, allowing the development of low-end smartphones.

Actual details of the smartphone haven't been made available, but the chipset is capable of powering smartphones with 3.5" HVGA touchscreens along with integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and camera functions. This news also coincides with the announcement that Firefox OS will be making its way into 12 new markets within the first half of 2014, including areas such as Argentina, Guatemala, Croatia and the Czech Republic.


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Omar Qudsi, 2014-02-23 (Update: 2014-02-23)