ZTE Open smartphone launches with Firefox OS

ZTE Open smartphone launches with Firefox OS
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ZTE has launched its first Firefox smartphone, the ZTE Open. The smartphone, which runs on Mozilla's open source Firefox operating system, has been launched at MWC in a neck and neck race with Alcatel One Touch, which also launched its first Firefox phone at MWC today.

Both ZTE and Alcatel One Touch are claiming a first on their Firefox devices.

The ZTE Open will launch in Spain in the summer with Telefonica. The Alcatel One Touch Fire is set to launch in Europe in June.

The ZTE Open is an entry-level smartphone aimed at the youth market. The company said it was targeting young people keen to experience the very latest technology and people on limited budgets looking to move from a feature phone to their first smartphone.

It features a 3.5-inch, HVGA TFT touchscreen display and has 256MB RAM and 512MB ROM combined with a 3.2MP camera. It supports Bluetooth 2.1, WIFI 802.11b/g/n and AGPS and has a 1200mAH battery. 

He Shiyou, ZTE EVP and head of the mobile devices division, said: ‘ZTE continues to push the boundaries with the aim of bringing customers the very latest that mobile technology has to offer.’  

Brendan Eich, co-founder and CTO of Mozilla, said: ‘ZTE has moved very quickly and has worked closely with us to develop a robust Mozilla Firefox OS smartphone.

‘Firefox OS brings powerful open Web technologies to the smartphone market, giving users more choice and more options that reflect their lifestyle.’

Marieta del Rivero, group devices director at Telefónica, said: ‘Firefox OS is a major milestone for our industry, bringing true open standards to mobile for the first time.

‘We expect that the combination of accessible cost and a rich, open and dynamic smartphone experience will make the ZTE Open very attractive for our customers, especially young people, in these key Telefónica markets.’

ZTE has also launched the ZTE Grand Memo at MWC. The 5.7-inch handset runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors.

The ZTE Grand Memo features a 5.7-inch, high definition, 720 x 1280 display, and a powerful Qualcomm 800 processor with quad-core Krait CPUs and 2GB of RAM. It has a 13MP rear-facing camera, 1MP front-facing camera and 1080 HD video playback, giving users a high quality multimedia experience suited for gaming and video. 

The Grand Memo also has voice-response technology which allows users to answer calls while driving, and A-GPS and car-mode navigation system for  mapping and directions. It comes with a HD version of ZTE’s Mifavor user interface that is specially designed for smartphones, providing a simpler user experience, and ZTE’s Z Cloud service for the security and access-anywhere provided by cloud services. It also includes a 3200mAh battery for super-long standby time.

He Shiyou, ZTE EVP said: ‘The ZTE Grand Memo’s large, high definition screen makes it perfect for media and entertainment, but its uses reach far beyond that. With ZTE’s custom Mifavor UI, a powerful processor, and LTE connectivity, this device offers users a wide array of benefits that go well beyond the capabilities of the typical handset.’

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