LG Fireweb lands in Brazil running Firefox OS
LG’s first Firefox OS phone, the one that first got photographed in February, is now official and has gone on sale in Brazil. And it’s called LG Fireweb. This is one handset that definitely took its time getting to the market – eight months since the first sighting, to be precise.
Like all the other Firefox OS devices that have been unveiled so far, this is a low-end phone. Its main claim to fame is the operating system it runs (because it’s rather new, we assume) and the low price (but more on this in a bit).
The LG Fireweb has a 4-inch 320×480 touchscreen, a 5 MP autofocus camera with LED flash, a 1 GHz single-core Qualcomm processor, 3G, 4 GB of internal storage, and microSD card support.
Now about that low price. Vivo Brazil is offering the Fireweb for 449 reals, which amounts to approximately $206 at today’s exchange rates. That’s… not extremely cheap, is it? Granted, phones tend to be more expensive in Brazil than elsewhere, so maybe the Fireweb will be more affordable in other countries. At this price, the Fireweb is more expensive than LG’s cheapest Android offering in Brazil, the Optimus L3 II, which retails for just 399 reals ($183). That said, the Optimus L3 II has a smaller display with smaller resolution, so maybe the bigger screen is worth the difference. But is that really enough to sway people away from Android and its more than one million apps? Only time will tell, surely.