Details have emerged from Mozilla regarding the specifications of an upcoming FireFox OS tablet, which is expected to be released in the near future.
Back in July, Mozilla’s Chief Technology Officer Brendan Eich stated the company was moving aggressively towards releasing a low-cost tablet running the Firefox operating system. Now, Mozilla has received its first prototype device from Foxconn, the company who will be manufacturing the devices.
The prototype tablet, which has been codenamed Flatfish, is the same Foxconn prototype as the Infocus New Tab F1, Wi-Fi. The Flatfish runs on an ARM Cortex A7 Quad-Core 1.0GHz CPU with PowerVR SGX544MPS2 GPU. It has a 2GB DDR3 SSD and 16GB of memory, expandable via a microSD card slot.
The screen is 10.1-inches with an IPS capacitive multi-touch display and a 1280 x 800 resolution. The tablet connects to the Internet via Wi-Fi b/g/n. The 700mAh battery should be good for five to six hours of continuous use and a week on stand-by.
While the tablet is designed to be low cost, it includes some features that are left out of many similarly-priced tablets. The Flatfish prototype has both a 5MP front-facing camera and a 2MP rear-facing camera. It also includes a micro-USB port, headphone jack, GPS, Bluetooth, and even a gyroscope.
Mozilla designed the Firefox OS to run on very low-cost devices. The operating system uses a Linux core with a version of the Firefox web browser layered on top of that to provide the user interface and application environment. All apps are written in HTML5, including the ones that are bundled with the OS.