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Mozilla’s First Firefox OS Smartphones Launch Soon in Select Markets

by Jacob Kleinman | July 1, 2013July 1, 2013 7:30 am PST

Mozilla announced its first two low-budget smartphones today. The ZTE Open and Alcatel One Touch Fire both run Firefox OS, an open-source HTLM5 operating system, and will be sold across Latin America, parts of Europe and eventually Asia. Mozilla hopes to take a bite out of the low-tier smartphone market currently dominated by Android, but a limited app store and features may spell disaster for the company best known for its web browser.

The first country to get Firefox OS is Spain, where the ZTE Open goes on sale tomorrow. The 3.5-inch smartphone features a TFT display with a resolution of just 320 x 480 pixels. It comes equipped with 2GB of internal memory which can be upgraded to 32GB via microSD card, 256MB of RAM, a Qualcomm MSM7225A Snapdragon processor, FM radio, GPS, a 1,200 mAh battery, a 3.15-megapixel rear camera and no front-facing camera. The ZTE Open comes in blue or orange and costs $90.

There’s no word on where or when the Alcatel One Touch Fire will make its first landing. The handset comes equipped with almost the exact same specs as the ZTE Open, from screen size to the camera; however, it packs a Qualcomm MSM7227A processor, a slightly more powerful 1,400 mAh battery, and comes in three colors: Mozilla Orange, Apple Green and Pure White. More Firefox OS phones from Sony, LG and Huawei expected in the future and are likely headed to emerging markets in Asia.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...