Mozilla Firefox OS debuts with phones from ZTE (Open), Alcatel (OneTouch Fire). LG and Huawei will follow
Mozilla has officially showcased the first two smartphones to run Firefox OS. As expected, these are made by ZTE and Alcatel. They are both small, low-end devices made for emerging markets.
The ZTE smartphone is called ZTE Open. Its features include a 3.5 inch HVGA display, HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, GPS, 3.2MP rear camera, 1GHz single-core Qualcomm processor, 256MB of RAM, 512MB of ROM, and MicroSD card. Here’s what the handset looks like:
The Alcatel OneTouch Fire seems to have similar specs, but its design is obviously different:
TheVerge has a video showing both the ZTE Open and the Alcatel OneTouch Fire. The handsets don’t seem to perform too well – at least not when compared to mid-end or high-end smartphones that run other OSes. But maybe things will get better when they hit the market – sometime in mid-2013. The first countries to get Firefox phones are Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela, Spain, Poland, Serbia, Hungary and Montenegro. Pricing details have not been unveiled.
LG and Huawei will manufacture Firefox OS handsets, too, but it’s not clear exactly when this is going to happen.
Mozilla says that new Firefox OS smartphones will be released in the US starting 2014. Sprint should be one of the carriers to offer at least one of them.