Firefox OS OEMs moving to more capable hardware

Mozilla’s Firefox OS often finds itself mentioned in the same sentence as platforms like Sailfish and Ubuntu Touch, but unlike those systems, where we’re still waiting to see how the smartphone-buying public will respond, Firefox OS is already out there. This year saw the start of sales for devices like the ZTE Open, and while modest, ZTE is apparently happy enough that it plans to move forward, sharing news of a more powerful Firefox OS smartphone due next year.

While none of the first generation of Firefox phones really screamed “high-end,” the ZTE Open was one of the worse equipped models going around, with paltry specs like an 800MHz SoC, a mere 256MB of RAM, and a 3.5-inch HVGA display.

Now, make no mistake – ZTE isn’t looking to bring Firefox OS into the octa-core, 1080p race Android is playing – but it’s thankfully interested in giving its next Firefox OS phone a little more modern hardware, all the same. That should mean a dual-core SoC next time around, as well as a larger display – and while it’s not mentioned here, we’re hoping for a higher-res one, as well.

More than that, ZTE says that its second Firefox OS model will refine the user experience. Look for it to launch sometime in the first half of 2014. While there’s not yet any hard pricing info, this one should also end up being incredibly affordable.

Source: PC World

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