Firefox OS smartphone breezes through FCC


Ready to add a little diversity to your smartphone choices? We’re starting to see a new breed of platforms get ready for commercial launches this year, and Mozilla’s Firefox OS sure sounds like one of the more ambitious. It’s already attracted interest from a number of OEMs, and quite a few handsets have been formally announced. Today, one of those early ones sees the publication of its FCC paperwork as it gets ready to go up for sale.

ZTE announced its Open back at the Mobile World Congress, and while – like so many of these first-round Firefox OS phones – it’s a bit underpowered compared to an Android-running handset, we’ve already seen lower-end hardware on platforms like Windows Phone manage to exceed our expectations as far as the user experience it’s able to deliver.

There’s nothing really surprising in these FCC docs, but they are notably fleshed-out compared to some listings. We get the picture you see above, as well as some additional shots (both internal and external). There’s also the unusual bonus of the phone’s full manual, available through the FCC source link.

Now, we know the ZTE Open is going to first sell in Europe and Latin America, so it’s not at all odd that the hardware seems to lack any US-specific focus. There’s 3G support for AT&T’s bands, but no AWS for T-Mobile, nor any LTE capabilities. Still, we’re not without hope that we might see ZTE bring this guy to the States someday: the filename for the phone’s manual includes the string “US-Ver1”.

Source: FCC
Via: Unwired View

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!