Mozilla has reconfirmed that the world’s first Firefox OS-powered smarthpones – ZTE Open and Alcatel One Touch Fire – would be launched “soon” by Telefonica and Deutsche Telekom.
ZTE’s Open will be the first to actually go on sale.
Telefonica unveiled that the handset would be available in Spain starting tomorrow, July 2. It’s going to cost only €69, and customers will find it in Movistar stores.
As you may already know, the ZTE Open is a low-end device. Its features include a 3.5 inch HVGA display, HSDPA, Here Maps (from Nokia), GPS, Wi-Fi, 3MP rear camera, 256MB of RAM, 1GHz single-core processor, and a 4GB memory card in the box.
€69 for a smartphone which – albeit very low-end – isn’t terrible, is definitely a good price. And it will allow Mozilla to make Firefox OS a viable alternative to Android, as well as to Nokia’s Asha touchscreen phones.
“The launch of Firefox OS marks an incredibly exciting time for the Web. Firefox OS powers the first smartphones built entirely on Web technologies and will stimulate an inspiring new wave of innovation for the Web,” declared Jay Sullivan, Mozilla Chief Operating Officer. “We are proud to deliver an experience for first time smartphone users that will delight them and really put the power of the Web in people’s hands.”
A few weeks ago, Alcatel has announced that its One Touch Fire would be available in Europe and Latin America “this summer.” Other Firefox OS handsets will be introduced later this year.