Coming Up: Another Firefox OS Device, ZTE Open

The ZTE Open running Firefox OS. Notice the rounded app icons. PHOTO: CNET UK

Firefox OS has been making inroads slowly and with the earlier promised timeline of when we should see new devices running Firefox OS roll out almost here with us, it is about time the leak engine revved. The ZTE Open, a Firefox OS smartphone has allegedly been spotted at the FCC. You know what that means: it is there for the necessary rubber stamping before it is available through a carrier near you. The ZTE Open has not been shrouded in a lot of secrecy, mystery and being hidden all along. We’ve known it exists for several months now. It is just interesting to see it finally get closer to being available to the masses, me and you (it’s been developer only all along). It’s coming to take on the Geeksphones of this world before other OEMs also roll out what they have in store for us running Mozilla’s mobile offering.

The spotted device [see below] packs the following specs:

  • 3.5 inch HVGA screen
  • 1 GHz single-core processor
  • 256 MB RAM
  • Support for expandable storage through microSD
  • 3.2 megapixel camera
  • 3G and Wi-Fi
  • 1200 mAh battery

The specs may not be as mouth-watering as what has been leaking from the Windows Phone and Android worlds but for its target market and how Firefox OS was intended, they are quite something.

Expect to see more FOS devices leak or get announced going forward. It’s about time an intuitive mobile OS well designed and developed for the mid-range and low-end markets came to take on the big boys who usually tend to concentrate on proper optimization of their platforms only for the high end devices.

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