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ZTE Open – the World’s First Firefox OS Smartphone

ZTE has launched ZTE Open, the world’s first smartphone to run on Mozilla’s Firefox OS open mobile ecosystem. Together with global operator Telefónica, ZTE will first launch the ZTE Open in Spain, Venezuela and Colombia in mid-2013.

The ZTE Open is an entry-level smartphone ideal for young people who are keen to experience the very latest technology, and people on limited budgets looking to make the 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.

“ZTE continues to push the boundaries with the aim of bringing customers the very latest that mobile technology has to offer,” said Mr. He Shiyou, ZTE EVP and Head of the Mobile Devices Division.

“ZTE has moved very quickly and has worked closely with us to develop a robust Mozilla Firefox OS smartphone,” said Brendan Eich, Co-founder and CTO of Mozilla. “Firefox OS brings powerful open Web technologies to the smartphone market, giving users more choice and more options that reflect their lifestyle.”

“Firefox OS is a major milestone for our industry, bringing true open standards to mobile for the first time,” said Marieta del Rivero, Group Devices Director, Telefónica. “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.”

Mozilla’s Firefox OS is HTML5-based and completely open source so ZTE Open users will be able to run Web apps and view their favourite websites without losing any of the features they love. This includes dynamic content and unique features such as more personalised search services.

Mozilla’s Firefox OS is free from restrictions. It provides a high-speed open standards platform perfect for developers looking to create HTML5-based websites and apps. Developers will be able to distribute their apps through the Firefox Marketplace.

The ZTE Open is on display at Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona at Stand 3C64/3C74, Hall 3.

ZTE is the 4th biggest manufacturer of handsets in the world according to IDC, a leading provider of global ICT market research and advisory services.

Key specifications of the ZTE Open

  • Mozilla Firefox OS
  • Size: 114 x 62 x 12.5mm
  • 3.5inch, HVGA.TFT, One Point touch + Gesture Captive (two point option) screen
  • Memory: 512MB Rom +256MB RAM
  • Bluetooth 2.1, accelerometer, ambient light sensor
  • GPS, with AGPS, WIFI 802.11b/g/n
  • 3.2M FF Camera
  • Battery: 1200mAH

About ZTE Mobile Devices

ZTE is the No. 4 mobile handset manufacturer in the world according to global industry analyst IDC. ZTE produces a complete range of mobile devices including mobile phones, tablets, mobile broadband modems and hotspots, and family desktop integration terminals.

ZTE has partnered with over 230 major carriers and distributors in more than 160 countries and regions around the world, and has strategic partnerships with 47 of the global top 50 carriers. In 2011, ZTE applied for more international patents than any other company in the world.

ZTE has focused on the smartphone market in recent years and the ZTE Grand series, including the Grand S which debuted at CES 2013 and the Grand Memo which debuted at MWC 2013, highlights ZTE’s transformation into a high-end flagship smartphone producer and opens a new era for ZTE as a major global handset brand.

ZTE Mobile devices is a division of ZTE, the global telecommunications equipment, networks and mobile devices company headquartered in Shenzhen, China and with a combined 2011 turnover of over $13.7 billion and over 30,000 employees. ZTE is a publicly traded company listed on the Hong Kong and Shenzhen stock exchanges. www.ztedevices.com

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