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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.

Desire worked at ITProPortal right at the beginning and was instrumental in turning it into the leading publication we all know and love today. He then moved on to be the Editor of TechRadarPro - a position he still holds - and has recently been reunited with ITProPortal since Future Publishing's acquisition of Net Communities.