ZTE will be launching its first Firefox OS Phone, the ZTE Open, in the U.S. and U.K on its official eBay store this week, giving interested buyers a chance to try out the new OS on low-end specs that cost only $80/£60.
A Firefox OS smartphone isn’t something that has seen wide availability yet, but those interested in giving Mozilla’s mobile OS a try in the U.S. or U.K will soon be able to grab the cheapest Firefox phone, the ZTE Open, from eBay, at a throwaway price of $79.99 / £59.99.
A launch on eBay is basically a way to increase global availability of a Firefox phone that’s cheap and based on an operating system “based entirely on open web standards,” with apps such as Nokia HERE maps and Facebook integration sweetening the (not so exciting) deal. Buyers will receive the unlocked, global variant of the Open that’s compatible will all GSM networks, with an orange color variant that’s exclusive to eBay.
There’s nothing exciting about the Open’s specs either, not unless you travel back in time a couple of years. You get a 3.5″ HVGA (320 x 480) screen, 1GHz Cortex-A5 processor, 256MB of RAM, microSD storage up to 32GB, Wi-Fi, 3G, and Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity, and a 1,200mAh battery. However, since this isn’t Android we’re talking about, performance will be decent enough in most tasks – just don’t expect to be able to play high-definition games and the like.
The ZTE Open will be available on the official ZTE eBay store starting this Friday.
Source: ZTE (Business Wire)