Mozilla's Low-Cost Smartphone to Enter the Market Soon  

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  • TEMPO.CO, New Delhi - Mozilla Corporation will release its new smartphone in India this week. The smartphone, which will be called the 'Cloud FX', will be sold at US$33 through the Snapdeal online store.

    BBC reported that the Cloud FX was created in a joint project between Mozilla and India's cellular phone company Intex Technologies. Retailed at only a quarter of the price of Google's AndroidOne, it is clear that the smartphone's target market is the lower class consumers. "The phone is hoped to represent low-class smartphone and create a strong market momentum in Asia," said President of Mozilla Gong Li, yesterday.

    The Cloud FX is equipped with a 320 x 480 pixel HVGA 3.5 inch display. The phone uses the Firefox operating system with a 1 GHz processor, 4 MB memory, 2 MP camera, and a battery capacity of 1,250 mAh. Its additional features, including Bluetooth connectivity, Wi-Fi, and dual SIM card capability, provide good value considering the phone’s price.

    The Cloud FX is the first Firefox-based smartphone released in Asia. Gong Li said that the product can open up new markets and expand internet access through cellular phones. Data revealed that India will soon have 104 million smartphone users in 2014, twice the number recorded in 2013.

     After India, the Cloud FX may hit the Indonesian market. Gong Li said that at the end of the year, the product will be marketed in Indonesia. For the Indonesian market, Mozilla will team up with Chinese microchip producer Speadtrum Communications Inc. in order to achieve a more affordable price of US$25.

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