ZTE launches the Firefox OS-based Open C via eBay, starts selling the Blade L2 in Europe
The Firefox-based handset is the ZTE Open C (initially announced at MWC 2014 in February). Starting today, the device is available to buy via eBay for customers in the US, UK, Germany, Russia, and “more than 20 other European countries.”
Costing $99.99 (€84,99 / £69.99), the ZTE Open C is a low-end smartphone that comes with the latest version of Firefox OS. According to Mozilla, the new version brings enhanced scrolling performance, faster app startup times, support for email notifications and POP3, continuous autofocus for the camera, and other improvements.
Specs-wise, the Open C offers a 4-inch display with 480 x 800 pixels, HSDPA, 3MP rear camera, a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 200 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of expandable internal memory, and a 1,400 mAh battery. For more about this Firefox OS phone, check out our ZTE Open C hands-on.
ZTE Open C
As for the new Android smartphone that ZTE just launched, this is called ZTE Blade L2, and is now available across Europe (starting with Spain and Greece).
ZTE says that the L2 is “the latest and most stylish handset to come from the affordable and highly popular Blade series that has already received millions of global sales.” The smartphone runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, sports a 5-inch display with 480 x 854 pixels, and has dual SIM capabilities. Other features: HSDPA, quad-core 1.3GHz MediaTek processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of expandable storage space, 5MP rear camera with LED flash, and a VGA front-facing camera. Measuring 142.5 x 72.2 x 8.95 mm, the Blade L2 offers a 2,000 mAh battery.
ZTE is currently selling the Blade L2 for around €150 ($210). The device will be released globally later this year, including in markets like the UK, Germany, Mexico, Columbia, Venezuela, and Chile.
ZTE Blade L2
sources: Business Wire, ZTE
2. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3073; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
The ZTE Firefox OS phone seems costly at $100. It is not hard to pick up a carrier locked Moto G for $100. It's not unlocked, but it's a lot more phone for your money.
3. tokuzumi (Posts: 275; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)
I'm guessing this phone was certified some time before Google made the requirement for a phone to have the latest android version, before Google will approve Google apps usage. 4.2? At least it's for the low-end market. Although, the Moto G is still the phone to beat in this segment. There's no benefit to this phone, over the G, other than the ability for dual sims, which is important in some emerging markets.