The low-cost smartphone market is heating up in India. Two major providers have introduced extremely affordable smartphones to this emerging market.
Spice Mobility and Mozilla launched India’s first Firefox smartphone, the Spice Fire One Mi-FX. It is powered by a 1 GHz processor and has a 3.5 inch screen with a resolution of 480 x 320 pixels. It has a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera and a 2 megapixel rear-facing camera.
The phone is expected to retail for $38 USD.
Intel will also introduce the Cloud Fx Firefox OS based smartphone. The phone’s features appear to be similar to the Spice Fire One phone, but this phone may sell for even less, possibly $30 USD. These phones will be available exclusively on Snapdeal.com.
Word of Mozilla’s plans to introduce this low-cost phone began to surface in June. Mozilla is best known for creating the web browser Firefox, but they also have worked to create a mobile operating system called Firefox OS. While most smartphone makers are focused on apps, Mozilla is focused on its web browser. They have worked hard to enhance the performance features and overall function of their phone so that browsing is optimized. One of the main advantages is the fact that users have instant access to all apps on their Mozilla phones all at once, rather than having to download them individually.