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Summary:

The plucky Spanish outfit’s own-brand smartphone may offer loads of operating system options, but its repeated discounting suggests it’s not terribly popular. Geeksphone has also revealed the processor for its upcoming Blackphone.

Geeksphone Revolution

Geeksphone’s Revolution handset may not be very appropriately named: the Atom-based Android/Mozilla device will from 1 May see a price cut, little more than two months after it went on sale. It’s not a huge drop – from €239 ($331) down to €199 – but it does suggest sales haven’t been great, especially given that the small Spanish manufacturer already discounted the smartphone when it started selling it through Amazon a few weeks ago.

That said, the device is arguably becoming ever more of a bargain, particularly when you consider its versatility. The price cut wasn’t the only Revolutionary news Geeksphone emitted on Monday – the company also said the handset would get an update to Android “Kit Kat” 4.4 in the coming days, along with the option to use CyanogenMod 11, the latest iteration of the non-Google Android software.

In other words, the Revolution will become a cheaper alternative to OnePlus’s One CyanogenMod handset, which costs $299 excluding tax (the €199 Revolution works out at $276, and that’s including tax – without tax it’s €164, or $227). What’s more, the Revolution also comes with the option of using Mozilla’s Firefox OS, or “FXOS” as it is branded in this case. Geeksphone also said on Monday that the Revolution would be compatible with FXOS 2.0, soon to be available in beta.

True, the OnePlus handset is a quad-core affair and the Revolution only has a dual-core Intel chipset, but Geeksphone insists “the performance of this device is significantly higher than the average of CPUs ARM quad-core equipped terminals.” So there.

Meanwhile, the Madrid-based outfit had a further bit of news on Monday, this time in connection with the privacy-centric Blackphone, which it will be making and which will go on sale in June.

The Android-derived handset, notable for the bundle of privacy-preserving apps with which it will come bundled, will use an Nvidia Tegra 4i chipset, Geeksphone and partner Silent Circle announced through their Swiss joint venture, SGP Technologies.

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  1. lol you can’t compare the OnePlus One with this on the hardware side , it’s like a BMW vs a Skoda.
    The Revolution is 4.7 inch 960×540 , 1GB RAM , 4GB NAND , no LTE, 8MP cam, 2000mAh battery so kinda bellow mid range while the OnePlus is upper high end.
    For clarity the OnePlus 16GB is 269 euros in EU and 300$ in the US and the pres releases does not say without tax.
    Even Moto G is cheaper than the Revolution and that’s without going to things like Doogee D350 at sub 120$ for 4.7 inch 720p, quad A7 so same mid range hardware.
    200 euros is too much but i guess it’s a lazy way to get CM for a bit cheaper than the One or the OPPO N1 or get FFOS on above very low end hardware.

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