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Specs of ZTE Firefox OS smartphone appear online

Chinese manufacturer ZTE will apparently launch a smartphone based on Mozilla’s Firefox OS (otherwise known as Boot to Gecko (opens in new tab)) early next year, one which may use the same hardware template as the Android-based V788D.

The latter has a 3.5in display with a 800 x 480 pixel resolution, with 512MB of RAM, a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 1.5GHz system-on-chip, possibly one from a Chinese semiconductor vendor like Mediatek.

(opens in new tab)Rumours also point out that Mozilla and ZTE (opens in new tab), which appears to be a lead partner, have already seeded developers with prototypes to be used. Firefox OS is a HTML-5 based mobile platform which, in theory, is significantly less power hungry compared to other environments like iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

The stranglehold Samsung has on the Android smartphone market, the numerous legal issues that Google’s mobile ecosystem has encountered (both from Apple and Microsoft) and the domination of Apple’s iOS platform have opened a window of opportunity for smaller vendors, some of which, like HTC or Huawei, have not discarded the idea of another open smartphone platform.

That said, there is Tizen and Windows Phone 8 which may well end up dividing the market even further, making significant inroads from another player extremely difficult.

Source: Gizchina (opens in new tab)

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.