The Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013 is in full swing and we are seeing
plenty of new launches. ZTE got its share of limelight as it launched
the first smartphone based on Firefox OS - ZTE Open.
ZTE Open features a 3.5-inch
screen with HVGA display. The smartphones is powered by a Cortex A5
processor, which clocks 1GHz. There is 256MB of RAM, 512MB of internal
storage. For camera there is a 3.2-megapixel rear camera on-board.
Connectivity options include Bluetooth, A-GPS and Wi-Fi capabilities.
Open packs in 1,200mAh battery. This smartphone is an entry level
device and is expected to be light on the pocket. However, the exact
price of ZTE open continues to be a mystery for now.
plenty of reports in the past that had indicated ZTE will be unveiling a
smartphone running on Firefox OS. Earlier speculations touted that this
smartphone may be dubbed the ZTE Mozilla rather than ZTE Open.
As per the company, this handset will start retailing in Latin America and Europe starting June 2013.
continues to push the boundaries with the aim of bringing customers the
very latest that mobile technology has to offer." said He Shiyou, ZTE
EVP and Head of the Mobile Devices Division.
moved very quickly and has worked closely with us to develop a robust
Mozilla Firefox OS smartphone," said Brendan Eich, Co-founder and CTO of
Mozilla. "Firefox OS brings powerful open Web technologies to the
smartphone market, giving users more choice and more options that
reflect their lifestyle."
After ZTE, the other smartphone makers
such as LG, Huawei and Sony have also indicated that they are eager to
launch smartphones based on Firefox OS and will be joining the league
soon. Samsung on the other hand, has denied looking at this space for
The Chinese smartphone maker has also unveiled a 5.7-inch
display Grand Memo phablet, which comes with Android 4.1.2 on-board.
Measuring 8.3mm, the ZTE Grand Memo packs in 3,200mAh battery. It sports
a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 1GB of RAM
and 16GB of internal storage.
ZTE Open key specifications
- 3.5-inch screen with HVGA display
- 1GHZ processor
- 256MB of RAM
- 512MB of internal storage
- Bluetooth, A-GPS and Wi-Fi capabilities
- 3.2-megapixel camera
- Firefox OS
- 114 x 62 x 12.5mm
- 1,200mAh battery