If you are someone who has always wished to have a smartphone but have not been able to afford one due to high prices, here might be good news for you. As reported by Intex, on August 29th the company will launch its first Firefox smartphone, which has been described as the country’s cheapest smartphone. The Spice Fire One Mi-Fx 1 is a dual-SIM phone priced at Rs 2,299, which is about $38, and aims at those consumers who haven’t been able to purchase smartphones so far due to price sensitivity. Initially, the Spice phone will be made available exclusively on Snapdeal and later it will go on sale through major retail stores, Saholic, and also Spice Hot-Spot stores.
Spice Fire One Mi-FX 1 Firefox Phone
With a HVGA screen measuring 3.5 inches the Fire One Mi-FX 1 is tiny by today’s standards. It sports a 2-megapixel main camera and 1.3-megapixel front facing unit and is powered by a 1 GHz single-core CPU. For connectivity the handset has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth; however, there is no 3G. It may be perceived as a major drawback by some, but considering that in most parts of India 2G/EDGE is all you can get, the lack of 3G shouldn’t be that much of a problem. With not much to boast about in terms of hardware, the main attraction of this device is its affordability which will bring it to a larger segment of consumers.
The Spice Fire One Mi-Fx is not the only Firefox phone that will hit the stores in India in the next few days. Earlier this year, Mozilla has teamed up with Intex and Spice to manufactures smartphones that would be priced at Rs 1,500 (approximately $25) and it looks like it could make good on its promise with the upcoming Firefox OS powered device.
Research firm IDC reports that smartphone sales across India recently increased due to affordable devices launched on the market by local manufacturers such as Micromax and Karbonn. According to IDC data, in the second quarter of 2014, smartphone sales grew from 10.02 million units to 18.42 million units. As stated by Mozilla president Li Gong, only one year after the first Firefox OS device launched, Firefox OS smartphones are now available in 17 countries across Europe, Asia and Latin America.
More popular smartphone makers are not lagging behind in launching affordable phones either. For example, Microsoft has also been reported to be pursuing affordable smartphone category aggressively. However, at present, the new Spice Fire One Mi-Fx 1 is possibly the most affordable smartphone in the world. With competition between smartphone manufacturers getting fiercer than ever by the day, mobile giants like Apple and Samsung will have to come up with a product that one would want to buy for more money. Besides the Spice Fire One Mi-Fx 1 other devices with Firefox OS to be available globally include the ZTE Open II and the Alcatel OneTouch Fire E.