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Canvas Turbo A250
Micromax has been making waves in India with its reasonably affordable and well-specced Android smartphones, the latest of which is the Canvas Turbo A250, a five-inch display smartphone running Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean which comes pre-installed with BlackBerry Messenger.
Local media reports claim Micromax is headed to Russia this month and if its launch there goes well, it may spread its wings to the rest of Europe. ZDNet has asked the company for a confirmation of its Russian and European plans.
Cost: 19,990 rupees ($324)
Specs: The five-inch Canvas Turbo A250 has a full HD LCD screen with 1920x1080 resolution, with a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB storage, a 2,000mAh battery, a 13-megapixel rear camera and a five-megapixel front-facing camera.
Hails from: India
Geeksphone, the maker of early Firefox OS developer phones Peak and Keon, recently announced it was working on a new device called Peak+ that promised to be more powerful than Firefox OS smartphones on the market.
That is, until insurmountable troubles at its Asian suppliers over the past few months forced it to cancel manufacturing. With Peak+ off the table, the Madrid-based company plans to turn its attention to a new handset it's calling 'Revolution'.
Not much is known about the Revolution yet, however it appears it may run an Intel chip. Geeksphone released a video stating "This is what we are working on, but now with 4.8-inch screen", which showed an Intel Firefox OS phone outperforming one running on a Qualcomm ARM processor.
Also worth noting is that Geeksphone smartphones aren't officially running Firefox OS, since only devices sold by carriers can use the brand, such as the LG Fireweb, Alcatel OneTouch Fire, and ZTE Open sold by the likes of Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica, and Telenor. Instead, Geeksphone developer phones are running Boot2Gecko.
Cost: expected to be around €149 ($205), the price of the Peak+.
Specs: To be confirmed.
Hails from: Spain.
Want a smartphone made by people who were paid fair wages, using some materials derived from conflict-free minerals and Fairtrade certified gold? Netherlands-designed Fairphone might be the phone for you.
The handset wears its environmentally-conscious ethos front and centre with elements including a removable battery, no accessories included by default, and minimal packaging.
Unfortunatel,y all 25,000 phones in its initial run have been sold. And sadly for those that pre-ordered it, the Fairphone won't be filling anyone's stocking this Christmas.
"The first batch of around 11,000 phones leaves the factory on the 23rd of December 2013, after which it will make its way to your respective homes after Christmas," Fairphone Founder and CEO Bas van Abel said recently. "We want to apologise for the delay and that we won't make a Christmas delivery."
The second delivery leaves on 10 January next year, and the company is planning a further batch for the new year.
Cost: €325 ($446).
Specs: The device runs Android 4.2, has 16GB of storage and 1GB of RAM, and its 4.3 qHD screen comes with a 960x540 pixels resolution. The main camera is eight-megapixels, while the front-facing equivalent comes in at 1.3 megapixels. The battery is 2,000 mAh.
Hails from: Netherlands.