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Intel-powered Geeksphone Revolution will run Android, Firefox OS or maybe even both
You’d be forgiven if you have never heard of Geeksphone. Although the company goes all the way back to 2009, when it first released its Geeksphone One Android handset, it is still a relatively unknown brand. More recently, the small Spanish-based company has spent its time creating developer-oriented smartphones that run on Firefox OS.
Starting with the upcoming Geeksphone Revolution however, Geeksphone will be returning to its Android roots. Even more interesting, the handset will ship with Android but according to the manufacturer it is designed in a way that makes it possible to install a different OS like Firefox. Advanced users may even be able to dual-boot, creating a handset that works with both Android and Firefox OS.
It’s still unclear whether Geeksphone will provide a stable Firefox OS ROM for those interested in running it on the Revolution, but considering the company’s recent history with Firefox OS — it’s certainly possible.
Advanced users may even be able to dual-boot, creating a handset that works with both Android and Firefox OS.
Aside from the potential of having a handset that works with both Firefox OS and Android, another way that the Revolution differs from most other devices is that it will employ a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 CPU. For those paying attention, that’s the same CPU found in the Dell Venue 7 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1.
In addition to the Intel CPU, the Revolution’s other specs include a 4.7-inch IPS display with a resolution of 960×540, an 8MP camera, microSD and a 2,000 mAh battery. Unfortunately no details have been revealed when it comes to RAM or internal storage.
While the Intel CPU should allow the device to perform reasonably well, Intel processors are historically less battery efficient than Qualcomm CPUs. That said, the Z2560 is said to be nearly as battery efficient as most ARM processors, at least according to Intel.
The pricing for the Revolution has yet to be revealed, but we imagine it will certainly be fairly low-priced when it arrives to Europe in the 1st quarter of 2014.
Overall, this the Revolution is an interesting concept, even if the display resolution is probably a bit too low for most users. What do you think, would you be interested in the handset if its price was low enough?