Up until yesterday Firefox could only be found on smartphones and one 10″ tablet which is still making its way to market, but with the launch of the Fire 7 from Mozilla suddenly there’s a new temptation for this tablet owner.
According to Mozilla, the Fire 7 is a reference design that was developed in partnership with Via. It sports a dual-core 1.2GHz CPU with a Mali-400 GPU, 8GB Flash storage, 1GB RAM, and a 7″ (1024 x 600 resolution) screen. It also has Wifi and a pair of cameras (2MP and VGA), and it will run Firefox OS 1.3.
Mozilla has also gone on the record as saying that the 10″ Firefox tablet that showed up at the FCC a couple weeks back is also a reference design. The official specs include a 1GHz quad-core CPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB Flash storage, and a screen resolution of 1280 x 800.
Both designs are going to be licensed out to 3rd parties, and it looks like Alcatel might be the first in line. There are reports that this smartphone maker is going to ship a Fire 7 tablet, but I’m not sure if they can be trusted.
While the Mozilla specs for the Fire 7 reference design resemble many of the budget Android tablets currently on the market, the specs mentioned for Alcatel’s tablet do not. Cnet is reporting that Alcatel is going to ship a Fire 7 tablet, but the specs listed look like they belong to a smartphone:
It’s got a 7-inch 960×540 display, dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 0.3-megapixel front and rear cameras, a 9.9mm thickness, and 285g weight. With those specs, it looks like Alcatel plans reproduce the low-budget Firefox OS phone strategy but this time with tablets.
I’ve never seen a tablet with that screen resolution, so I have to wonder whether someone at Alcatel didn’t double check the specs before sharing them with the press.
Update: Brad Linder of Liliputing share the Alcatel press release with me. I can see now that someone didn’t bother to check for errors before sending it out. It even contradicts itself and says that the rear camera is both 2MP and VGA.
In any case, over the next 6 months or so someone (possibly Alcatel) is going to ship a 7″ Firefox OS tablet with specs about as good as many $99 Android tablets. I wonder how much it’s going to cost?