Firefox OS Reference Tablet Specs Emerge

Now that Mozilla has Firefox OS up and running on commercially sold smartphones, the company is setting its sights on the tablet sector. The company revealed a Firefox OS contribution platform to accelerate the development of Firefox tablets and the supporting ecosystem back on January 6. This will be accomplished by providing dedicated contributors with access to resources and reference hardware, initially with tablets from Foxconn.

"We have to make the hardware available before the software is final to make it possible for contributors around the world to help us complete the build of Firefox OS for tablets. We will be working with partners like Foxconn to expand this program for developers soon," reads the company's blog.

Mozilla's own Asa Dotzier, director of Firefox OS, has now provided the hardware specs of the Foxconn-made reference Firefox OS tablet. It's very similar to the Infocus nFocus New Tab F1, which sells for around $400 USD. The tablet sports a 10.1-inch IPS multi-touch screen with a 1280 x 800 resolution that is backed by a quad-core Allwinner A31 chip clocked at 1 GHz, PowerVR SGX544MP2 graphics, and 2 GB of DDR3 memory.

Other features include 16 GB of internal memory, a 2MP camera on the front and a 5MP camera on the back, Wireless N and Bluetooth connectivity, a microSD card slot, a microUSB port and more. The dimensions are 266 x 170 x 9.7 mm. Powering this tablet is a 7000 mAh battery.

Details of this tablet program were listed here weeks ago. "Because Firefox OS is built on the Web, and the Web is a truly extensible platform, we can continue to optimize Firefox OS for smartphones, while also building for tablets and different uses around the world with the help of our community," Dotzler previously stated.

Contributors will work together to complete the tablet version of Firefox OS. The program will start in the coming weeks, when Mozilla will share more details about how contributors can apply to receive a reference tablet. Nightly builds will be offered for developers to keep up to date, and all program details will be posted on Mozilla's Hacks in the coming weeks.

That said, we should be hearing more about Mozilla's tablet plans very soon. Will we see a working demo during MWC 2014? Looks like there's a good chance!

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  • digiex
    "It's very similar to the Infocus nFocus New Tab F1, which sells for around $400 USD."Too expensive...I hope Mozilla will make it a lot cheaper.
  • icemunk
    I don't see this doing so well.. unforuntely, as much as I'd love to see another good Mobile OS; the flickle consumers tend to stick with the most popular, which is Android; and the trendy iOS. WebOS, BB10, etc...
  • pyro226
    How does the reference hardware stack up to a Google Nexus? A lot of it will come down to price and value. I have a feeling that the nexus wins in value. It'll be interesting to see what manufacturers put out with it though.What I can easily look up: Camera on the front is higher resolution and back camera is the same resolution and the screen resolution is smaller. ~75% more battery power.Things I'm left wondering: Processor and Graphics? I'm guessing both are weaker on reference Firefox OS reference hardware than the Nexus 2013's Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064, but I really don't know. Qualcomm is clocked faster and graphics on the Reference Hardware wouldn't need to be as strong because it's running a low resolution.