MWC 2013: ZTE Open Firefox OS phone: Hands-on photos & specs

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We only managed to spend a few minutes with the ZTE Open, the first Firefox OS smartphone from the Chinese company, at today's Mozilla event in Barcelona.

The sample that we looked at is a pre-production model which means that there will be tweaks made before the device lands in users' hands, in a few months.

What do we know about the device; it runs on a Qualcomm Cortex-A5 system-on-chip, which I strongly suspect is the current darling of the entry level market, the MSM7225A clocked at 1GHz.

There's also 256MB of RAM, 512MB onboard storage (with a microSD card slot), a 3.5in HVGA display, a 3.2-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and a 1,200mAh battery.

I liked the single home button just below the screen. That reminds me of Apple's iPhone; indeed, both Firefox OS handsets launched with today reminded me of a first-generation Apple iPhone (screen size, resolution, system memory etc).

Other than that I'd expect the ZTE Open – which will be available in a number of colours – to hit the street with a suggested retail price of around £50 SIM Free/unsubsidized, with a street price of around £30.

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