In a latest report by Digitimes, Mozilla Taiwan CEO and company COO Gong Li has confirmed that the company will launch inexpensive smartphones in India at a price of around $50 (Rs 3,000 approx.). As per the report, Gong Li also added that in India, there will be more than 10 hardware partners.
Back in June 2014, Mozilla had already announced its partnership with Spice and Intex, as per ET reports and the company also plans to release its first set of Firefox-based smartphones in India manufactured by the two (2) OEMs. Gong reportedly also informed that Mozilla will also be in partnership with more than 10 retail chains in India.
Already, last month Intex announced it plans to launch Firefox OS device, Cloud FX in August 2014. As per the official company press release, it was informed that the smartphone will be priced under Rs. 2,000.
Hence, based on the Firefox reference design that was announced at the MWC earlier this year, Intex Cloud FX could come powered by a 1GHz Spreadtrum processor. Moreover, Intex also made it official that the smartphone would come with a 3.5-inch display, a 2-megapixel rear camera, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity and dual SIM support.
At the same time, Spice has also confirmed about its plans to launch a Firefox-based smartphone in the month of July and it would come with dual SIM support.
With the under 3k smartphone range, looks like Mozilla plans to target the low-end smartphone consumers in India. And since India has a large chunk of 30% smartphone buyers opting from other growing brands, the Firefox with its extreme pricing structure might become much popular among the dirt cheap market if not in mid-range.
Apart from the India-based hardware partners, LG Electronics and China-based vendors Alcatel OneTouch, Huawei Device and ZTE will also be making smartphones suitable for running Firefox OS. All these manufacturers are already operating in India, hence they might be able to cater to the need of the customers with new OS installed in their phones.
Further, Foxconn Electronics and Via Technologies are also looking into developing tablets running the Firefox platform. Panasonic, on the other hand is planning a Firefox OS smart TV.
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