MWC 2013: First Mozilla Firefox OS handsets debuted

MWC 2013: First Mozilla Firefox OS handsets debutedJan 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.

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JanSt / MOD  Feb. 26, 2013 at 12:52

I'm no Android fan, but really - with hundreds of budget Android models and Nokia's half-smart Ashas etc etc etc what is the point, Mozilla?
Oh, the mobile ad dollar? Maybe a working mobile browser first then? And the budget phones for budget countries approach may seem almost Bonoesquely cute, but then why the focus on online services and web apps? Cause those people all have high speed data add-ons and have a hotspot in their pockets?
Fail.

Pondlife  Feb. 26, 2013 at 13:55

Odd really, didn't seem at all bad when I played with it on a g300 not as bad as it is in their phones anyway.

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