Remember Firefox OS? it was something making quite a lot of buzz at one point of time, but then there was no much response. ZTE though made a smartphone with the open source ZTE Open C, and this device is finally available for a price of just $99. And that price is for an unlocked device without any contract. It is a phone with the entry level specs, but having said that, the Open C is priced at a low cost.
The ZTE Open C is going to come with the latest update to the Firefox OS, and this is the first device to run the latest Firefox OS version. The smartphone comes with a 4-inch touchscreen having the WVGA display at 480×800 pixels screen resolution. Although cheap at price, ZTE has included a chipset from Qualcomm, the Snadragon 200 processor (MSM8210), a dual-core one clocking at 1.2 GHz. This is supported by Adreno 302 GPU, 512MB RAM, and the internal storage of 4GB while there is a MicroSD card storage expansion, possible to a maximum of 32GB.
The Open C has a 3-megapixel camera on the back, but there is no flash support and there is no front facing camera too. It is the Firefox OS 1.3 version which would run in the ZTE Open C, and there should be a big list of pre-loaded apps in the device. Available in the orange and black colors, the Open C will come with a battery capacity of 1400 mAh, which is said to provide 150 hours of standby time and about 6 hours of talk time.
The Firefox OS boasts a range of features, including the Adaptive App Search which is a way to search for content based on the apps, and it enables the discovery and access to the apps that can be used once or downloaded in the phone. The phone interface keeps tweaking itself based on your search and requirement. The apps can be downloaded from the Firefox Marketplace, which come with most of the important apps, including the social networking apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LINE etc.
The lock screen in the Firefox OS gives a direct access to the music player, and the same is seen even in the notification bar. The Bluetooth sharing is advanced, where the files can be shared to multiple devices simultaneously. We might be saying a lot already, but the Firefox OS seems good for the budget devices.
Basically, if you are looking to have a good phone in the budget range, there are a few others to look out for, but the ZTE Open C is for someone who wants to move elsewhere from the Android OS ecosystem, as the Firefox OS 1.3 could give them a solid option to try out something new.
For now, the sales are exclusively on eBay.com, and it is available for the attractive pricing of $99. Check the link for purchasing one.