By Alexandra Burlacu | Jan 20, 2014 08:02 AM EST
Mozilla is apparently starting to test Firefox OS on tablets, and has shared the specs for the first prototype in this new program.
The company's browser-based operating system is already available on a few low-end smartphones, and Mozilla is looking to move into tablet territory. The OS is designed to run web apps written using HTML5, as well as other web technologies.
Mozilla's Asa Dotzler has recently revealed the specs of the first device in this Firefox OS program. The specifications indicate that the first Firefox OS tablet will be low-cost, low-end devices, just like the Firefox smartphones. Dotzler mentions a 10.1-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, an Allwinner A31 ARM Cortex-A7 quad-core processor with PowerVR SGX 544 graphics, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage capacity.
Other specs include front- and rear-facing cameras of 5 and 2 megapixels, respectively, microSD card support for additional memory, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, a microUSB port, and a 7,000 mAh battery. The tablet is apparently made by Foxconn, and all signs point to a low-end Android slate. Mozilla revealed the specs after receiving the prototype from Foxconn.
It's worth noting, however, that the Firefox OS tablet Foxconn sent to Mozilla under the codename Flatfish is actually a low-end 10-inch tablet called Infocus New Tab F1, Geek.com points out. The F1 has already sold on sites such as AliExpress for roughly $150.
Mozilla Firefox OS tablets would essentially be cheap slates designed for users who want to surf the web, but are not willing to purchase a costly device. The specs listed above may not be high-end, but they are more than decent for a $100 - $150 price point.
This may allow Mozilla to make a strong debut on the tablet market, and ultimately the company may move to higher-end Firefox OS tablets as well. This low-end tablet portrayed here may be just a place to start, and it doesn't rule out the possibility of premium Firefox OS slates.
On the mobile phone front, Mozilla has teamed up with several hardware partners that launched Firefox OS phones in developing markets, where newcomers may stand a better chance against Android and iOS. The company will likely follow a similar strategy for its tablets.