There are now a fair few Firefox OS smartphones in the pipeline with models from ZTE and Alcatel One-Touch confirmed and others like LG and Huawei likely to launch handsets in the second half of 2013.
But the first Firefox OS smartphone was actually unveiled back in July 2012 at the Mobile Asia Congress in Shanghai, China. The Spreadtrum SC8810 originally ran on Android 2.3 Gingerbread but it was selected by Mozilla to showcase its HTML5 operating system, Firefox OS.
We had a very brief look at the smartphone which serves as the blueprint for most, if not all the Firefox OS-based smartphones that are expected to flood the emerging markets by the end of the year.
Unlike the ZTE Open and Alcatel One-Touch Fire (which both use Qualcomm processors), this model came with a Cortex-A5 SoC clocked at 1GHz with a Mali 400 GPU. ARM confirmed that Firefox OS has been tightly optimized for its Mali-400 GPU.
There’s nothing notable about the design though; it appeared to be inspired by form factors from a decade ago with a plastic silver finish.
It’s worth noting that Lenovo uses the Spreadtrum SC8810 already which opens the possibility that the Chinese tech giant could also potentially unveil another Firefox OS.