First Firefox Tablet Clears the FCC

One First Firefox Tablet Clears the FCC e-Reading Hardware Web Browser of the first tablets to run Firefox OS could be coming to the US in the near future.

A new device from Chinese tablet maker Infocus cleared the FCC this morning. This tablet, which was first revealed to the world about a month ago, runs Firefox OS on a quad-core CPU.

The InFocus New Tab F1 tablet features specs which were solidly mid-range last year, but in the coming year we're probably going to see on budget tablets. It has a 10.1" screen with resolution of 1280 x 800, and according to the specs shared last month we're looking at a tablet with a 1GHz quad-core Allwinner A31 CPU, PowerVR SGX 544MP2 GPU, 2GB RAM, and 16GB Flash storage.

First Firefox Tablet Clears the FCC e-Reading Hardware Web Browser This tablet went through the FCC in order to be tested for Wifi and Bluetooth. It also has a pair of cameras (5MP and 2MP), GPS, a microUSB port, a microSD card slot, and a 7Ah battery.

You can find photos of the tablet on the FCC website, including both external photos and a teardown, but you won't be able to find the user manual. Infocus submitted the user manual they wrote for the Android version of the tablet, and that won't do us much good.

Firefox OS is an operating system based in part on the Firefox web browser.  Unlike Android, where the most important parts are developed and controlled by Google, Firefox OS is open source. New development is supported by Mozilla, but not controlled.

This OS has shown up on a smartphone here and there, but it's still relatively unusual to see a device running Firefox OS. I haven't seen it myself, but I do know how to find one. If you're interested in playing around with Firefox OS you might want to buy a ZTE Open smartphone. You can find them on Ebay or Amazon for under $100.

As you can probably guess from the price, this is a relatively underpowered smartphone (specs). It has a 3.5" screen, a single-core 1GHz CPU, and it is actually running an old version of Firefox OS. But if you want to explore the new OS without sinking a lot of money into the purchase (or installing it yourself on other hardware), this is would be a good way to go.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

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