Earlier in June, Intex had announced that they will launch India's most competitive smartphone sometime in August. It seems that the company is now fully prepared to launch its first ever Firefox-powered smartphone on August 25.
Intex is claiming that event will mark the arrival of "India's lowest priced smartphone". The home grown players will definitely unleash the ‘Cloud FX' in the country this month. The phone is rumored to cost users Rs. 2,000.
It's not just Spice Mobility, but Intex too have shown interest in producing and marketing ultra low-cost Firefox-powered smartphone. Earlier in the day we got to know the arrival of the Spice Fire One Mi - FX 1 at Rs. 2,299. Spice is clearly targeting 90 percent of the feature phone users wanting to switch to smartphones.
Coming back to Intex's Cloud FX smartphone, the company hasn't made the device's specs sheet official yet; though they had once mentioned some specs. For instance, the Cloud FX would come with a 3.5-inch display and a 1 GHz processor (unspecified chipset). It would feature a 2MP rear facing camera, as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.
Interestingly, the specifications mentioned by Intex are similar to the reference $25 Firefox OS-based smartphone. Thus, the Intex-made device would be similar to the reference model showcased by Firefox and spreadtrum at MWC 2014.
And the big question remains: how these handset makers will tackle Android and cheap Nokia Asha feature phones in India. For Nokia, the time is not conducive to give extra focus on the feature phone market. The Nokia-made features phones are already on the verge of extinction. The question of whether feature phones can survive continues to surface; Android will undoubtedly remain the clear market leader.
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