Alcatel’s One Touch Firefox OS smartphone officially launching in Europe and Latin America this summer
Initially announced in February, and approved by the FCC earlier this month, Alcatel’s One Touch Firefox OS smartphone (called One Touch Fire) is officially ready to be launched “this summer.” According to a press release issued today, the handset will be available in Europe and Latin America.
There’s no word on exactly what carriers will sell the One Touch Fire, but we know that Telefonica, Deutsche Telekom and Telecom Italia (among others) have announced their support for Firefox OS.
The One Touch Fire is an entry-level device, so it’s going to have a low price. Its features include a 3.5 inch HVGA display, HSDPA, Wi-Fi, GPS, stereo FM radio, 3.2MP rear camera, 256MB of RAM, 1GHz single-core Qualcomm MSM7227A processor, MicroSD card support, and a 1,400 mAh battery. Three color versions will be available: orange, green, and white.
It’s not clear if ZTE’s first Firefox OS handset – the ZTE Open – will be released before the Alcatel One Touch Fire. In any case, both are going to be available starting the next few months.
Mozilla has developed Firefox OS for mobile devices using HTML5 “and other open Web standards.” The company hopes the new platform will be a viable alternative to Android – and for the beginning it’s testing the market with affordable handsets like the Alcatel One Touch Fire and ZTE Open.