Feeds

Cheap'n'cheerful Chinese mobesters ZTE launch Firefox phones

Billion-unit shipment hopes for Open C and Open II

Business security measures using SSL

MWC 2014 As Telefonica pushes Firefox as a foil to the dominance of Apple and Android, ZTE is keen to play ball with a couple of new Firefox phones. Called the Open C and Open II, they are looking to ship more than one million devices this year. The new phones run Firefox OS 1.3.

It’s Telefonica’s strategy to sell Firefox phones to users in markets where digital watches are still seen as being a pretty neat idea and so catch the smartphone audience before they fall into the clutches of the evil over-the-top players.

This means that the real push for ZTE is in Venezuela and Uruguay, although they also sell in the UK and US through eBay.

Mozilla has worked closely with Qualcomm so it’s no surprise that it has a Snapdragon processor, in this case a dual-core CPU. ZTE claims that as Firefox OS consumes fewer resources, the 1400 mAh battery on the Open C lasts for at least six to eight hours, “even when watching videos or listening to music for a long time.” It's available in dark blue, light blue, turquoise, red, white and orange.

The Grand Memo II has a textured back so it feels good to hold

The ZTE Grand Memo II

The Open C is a 3G phone with a three megapixel camera, 4-inch 800 × 480 pixels screen and measures 126 × 64.7 × 10.8 mm.

The ZTE Open II is cheaper, being a 3G phone with a two megapixel camera, 3.5-inch 480 × 320 pixels display, 256 MB of RAM and a smaller 1150 mAh battery. It measures 118 × 61 × 10.5mm.

ZTE isn’t completely wedded to Firefox; it also announced a new Android KitKat phablet: the Grand Memo II. This LTE phone has a 6” Gorilla Glass-covered IPS display with narrow bezels and runs ZTE’s new MiFavor 2.3 user interface. At 161.5x83x7.2mm it’s pretty slim. There is a 13MP rear camera and 5MP front camera which is optimised for video calling. The device will first launch in April in China, followed by simultaneous launches in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific.

ZTE is struggling to move up-market and has been seen by the operators as an option for when they want to buy cheap stuff. That's helped its market share – ZTE is now the fifth biggest manufacturer in the world – albeit that leaves it fifth in a list which includes Samsung, Apple and everyone else.

ZTE tries to address this by selling the more upmarket products direct to the public but will need significantly upmarket products to win hearts and minds. ®

New hybrid storage solutions

More from The Register

next story
Half a BILLION in the making: Bungie's Destiny reviewed
It feels very familiar - but it's still good
Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT
Let's >sigh< see what Cupertino has been up to for the past year
Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales
Giganto mobe firm slams door shut on Microsoft. OH DEAR
A SCORCHIO fatboy SSD: Samsung SSD850 PRO 3D V-NAND
4Gb/s speeds on a consumer drive, anyone?
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Get your Indian Landfill Android One handsets - they're only SIXTY QUID
Cheap and deafening mobes for the subcontinental masses
Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch
Sizes, prices and all – but not for the wrist-o-puter
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.