First pics and complete specs revealed for ‘Multi-OS’ Geeksphone Revolution

January 29, 2014

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    Late last month we learned that the relatively unknown handset maker Geeksphone was preparing to release a new smartphone that potentially can run your choice of either Android or Firefox OS. Now Geeksphone has updated their webpage to include even more detailed specs for the device, as well as the first actual images of the so-called Geeksphone Revolution.

    For those that have never heard of Geeksphone, the Spanish company released its first Android handset back in 2009, but later jumped ship to focus on developer-targeted handsets for Firefox OS. Now it looks like their latest handset hopes to merge the two efforts, as it will arrive with Android pre-installed but give users the choice of ditching Android in favor of Firefox OS or really any other custom ROM.

    It’s unclear exactly how their multi-OS system will work, though Geeksphone states that once you choose an OS, they’ll keep it up to date with their “1-click OTA system”. From the sounds of it, the Revolution will not support dual-booting out of the box, but perhaps there will be ways around this.

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    As for the specs, the Revolution might not have exceptional hardware, but it’s not exactly a push-over either. The handset will be powered by a dual-core 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 CPU with 1GB of RAM. Other specs include a 4.7-inch IPS display with a resolution of 960×540, 4GB internal storage, microSD for expansion, an 8MP rear cam, 2MP front cam, HSPA+ connectivity, Bluetooth, and a 2000 mAh battery.

    The low resolution display and puny amount of storage/RAM are probably going to prove to be deal-breakers for most of us. Still, if the price is right, the Geeksphone Revolution could still appeal to tinkerers that like the idea of being able to easily pick your own OS. Then again, you can pretty much do that already by getting involved with the Android custom ROM community.

    There is no word on the pricing or release date for the Revolution just yet, though Geeksphone is targeting a European release for Q1 2014. What do you think, interested in the Geeksphone if the price is right? Or are the specs just too weak for your tastes?

    Comments

    • American Patriot

      If it is not OS=centric, and I can load my choice of OS, without having to call my carrier to reprogram my number, I can live with this. The specifications are not superb, but on par with many well known brands, so this is not an issue, and the inclusion of the Micro-SD card slot is a bonus I look for in every device I wish to purchase directly.
      Contract phones are a waste of money, and the bloat that is always preloaded is a chore to remove. Contracts are dinosaurs, and the practice needs to go extinct.
      Customer/phone/carrier/freedom/choice. That is the path I wish to travel!

      • RanRu

        Wouldn’t part of “freedom” and “choice” be continuing to give people the option to sign contracts? It may not work for folks like you and me, but it works for a lot of people who aren’t necessarily passionate about mobile technology, and if that’s their preferred method, I don’t see a problem with contacts continuing to exist alongside the current trend of low-margin, off-contract devices.

    • MasterMuffin

      If you choose FF Os, then the specs are great

    • RanRu

      “The Revolution might not have exceptional hardware, but it’s not exactly a push-over either.”

      It isn’t? Are you sure?

      Joking aside, this could be a good opportunity to get Firefox OS into the ecosystem while allowing folks to maintain peace of mind. Competition (fair competition, anyway) is always welcome.

    • Roberto Tomás

      android or Tizen please … who even uses firefox any more? they are using a codebase almost 20 years old, that’s not fun

      • Ricardo Silva

        So you prefer Android which has been based on the Linux Kernel which is 33 years old? Nice logic.

    • anonymous

      If this will be higher than $100, it’ll fail from the gecko.

    • Johnathan Katz

      Lol, Firefox OS, they lost me when they mentioned that.

    • Jayfeather787

      Specs too weak for me. No Intel. Snapdragon FTW!

    • Arturo Raygoza

      I love Firefox as a browser, that’s how it should stay.

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