Meet the ZTE Open, The First Official Firefox OS Phone

There have been a few Firefox OS developer phones floating around but now, Mozilla has announced the first official Firefox OS handset at Mobile World Congress: The ZTE Open.

It's not a high-powered guy, packing a Cortex A5 processor, and a 3.5-inch display. It's like a glance into Android's past. Information beyond that is a bit lacking at the moment, but more is sure to come out during Mozilla's live press conference and as MWC powers on. And hey, it's a start.

The ZTE Open isn't alone though. Acatel also has a phone coming out for the new OS, the One Touch Fire. Like the Open, the One Touch Fire is a pretty basic phone with 3.5-inch screen, a 1GHz processor, 512MB storage (plus a 2GB SD card) and a 3.2-megapixel camera. It's due for a June launch in Latin America and Europe.

Meet the ZTE Open, The First Official Firefox OS Phone

In addition to the ZTE Open, and Acatel One Touch Fire, Mozilla is promising a roll-out of additional Snapdragon-powered phones from manufacturers Huawei and LG, in markets that include Brazil, Colombia, Hungary, Mexico, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia, Spain and Venezuela. Announcements about additional markets are on the way. And the US? According to CEO Gary Kovacs there are plans in the works, and you can expect and arrival sometime in 2014. [Engadget, Mozilla, The Verge]