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Flame: The Firefox OS Phone for Developers

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Mozilla, together with its hardware partner T2Mobile, is releasing a new Firefox OS device called the Flame. The device is available for preorder at a cost of $170 and includes free shipping.

The phone comes unlocked for any network and has the following specifications below.

  • Qualcomm MSM8210 Snapdragon, 1.2GHZ Dual core processor
  • 4.5? screen (FWVGA 854?480 pixels)
  • Cameras: Rear: 5MP with auto-focus and flash / Front: 2MP
  • Frequency: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
    UMTS 850/900/1900/2100MHz
  • 8GB memory, MicroSD slot
  • 256MB ? 1GB RAM (adjustable by developer)
  • A-GPS, NFC
  • Dual SIM Support
  • Battery capacity: 1,800 mAh
  • WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, Micro USB

As you can see, these specs put the Flame fall into the lower to mid tier category of smartphones. This seems to be Mozilla?s target as they try to slowly creep into the smartphone market space.

The phone though, is mainly geared towards developers who want to have a great development and testing environment for the Firefox OS and HTML5. The phone comes with a software configurable RAM option that can be used to emulate many different devices that are slated to be commercially available later in the year.

Mozilla assures the developers that their partner, T2Mobile, will provide the Flame with updates to each major version of Firefox OS. There will also be a simple mechanism to be able to switch between different release channels as it is important for developers to always make sure that the latest version is used but their software has to be backwards compatible to a point as well.

Ultimately, what makes the Flame unique is the OS. It will depend on how Mozilla can deliver on their software to see if they have any chance of breaking the smartphone market. At a cost of $170, it?s more expensive than Motorola?s latest offering, the Moto E.

We covered the Moto E here.

Once the device is preordered, the Flame will take around 4 weeks before it ships. The Flame will be shipped for free to anywhere in the world except for Japan and users in Japan will need to go through a few steps to be able to get it.

Photo Source: Mozilla website

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