ZTE will launch a second generation of Firefox OS handsets with improved software and beefed up specs, the Chinese company told the press, adding that the new devices would hit the U.S. in early 2014. ZTE executive vice president He Shiyou broke the news at a press conference, revealing that the company has already sold about 100,000 Firefox smartphones.
Those sales may look puny compared to the 9 million iPhones Apple sold over its recent launch weekend, but for ZTE and the fledgling operating system the low-cost handset has been a real success. He also noted that “demand has exceeded supply,” adding that the company purposefully manufactured a small number of first-generation devices.
The next generation of Firefox phones from ZTE will feature dual-core processors, bigger screens, and a revamped version of the web-based OS, which relies on Internet native apps instead of the traditional app store model. The new device will launch in 2014, and stick to the same low price tag ZTE offers for the current Firefox handsets.