Jan couldn’t resist going off-topic and having a mini rant about Mozilla’s Firefox OS yesterday. Now it’s time for yours truly to give the first Mozilla Firefox OS handsets a more formal introduction.
I speak of the ZTE Open and Alcatel One Touch Fire, both of which sit firmly at the low end of the speccy spectrum.
ZTE Open specs include a 3.5in display, 1GHz single-core Qualcomm processor, 256MB of RAM, 512MB storage (with microSD) and a 3.2MP rear camera.
Alcatel One Touch Fire specs make for similar reading, with a 3.5in display, 1GHz single-core processor, 256MB of RAM, 512MB storage (with microSD) and a 3.15MP rear camera. Er, almost identical then.
Clearly these guys are intended to be entry-level efforts, and indeed they’ll hit emerging markets first, including Brazil, Colombia, Hungary, Mexico, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia, Spain and Venezuela. A US arrival is reportedly pencilled in for 2014.
As for performance, The Verge had some hands-on time (video) with both the ZTE Open and Alcatel One Touch Fire, and – thanks to performance issues – it’s suggested that it’d be a “major bummer” going to Mozilla’s Firefox OS from the likes of iOS or Android.
Not exactly a jaw-dropping debut for Mozilla Firefox OS, but the handsets kinda do (albeit very slowly) what they're meant to do. It's not like they're intended to take on the Samsung Galaxy S IV, know wha'm sayin'? Let's just hope they're less laggy when they're eventually released.