Geeksphone’s versatile Revolution gets CyanogenMod 11 and another price cut

Geeksphone’s Revolution handset may not be very appropriately named: the Atom(s intc)-based Android(s goog)/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(s amzn) 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(s nvda) Tegra 4i chipset, Geeksphone and partner Silent Circle announced through their Swiss joint venture, SGP Technologies.