One of China’s largest mobile device manufacturers ZTE has just officially announced that the company’s ZTE Open C smartphone is now available for sale globally exclusively through eBay. The ZTE Open C was originally unveiled at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow back in February. It is the second iteration of the company’s original ZTE Open and receives a few hardware upgrades as well as the latest version of Mozilla’s open source Firefox OS.
The Open C features a better processor with a 1.2GHz Qualcomm dual-core processor compared to the single-core 1GHz processor of the previous ZTE Open. The new processor is coupled with 512MB of RAM. The Open C also features a larger and better screen at 4-inches with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels while its predecessor only had 3.5-inch display at a resolution of 480 x 320 pixels. The internal storage of the Open C has also been upgraded to 4GB compared to the 512MB of the Open. The Open C’s camera remains the same as the first Open though at 3-megapixels.
As previously mentioned, the ZTE Open C will run on Mozilla’s Firefox OS and will be the first device to run the latest iteration of the operating system – Firefox 1.3 – which introduces a slew of new features including a new navigation system, music player control through the lock screen or notifications bar, enhanced scrolling performance, advanced Bluetooth sharing, and faster app startup times.
“We are pleased that ZTE is delivering another Firefox OS device, building on the success of the ZTE Open,” said Dr. Li Gong, Mozilla Chief Operating Officer. “The ZTE Open C is an amazing experience for first time smartphone buyers.”
“We’re excited that ZTE has again decided on debut its OPEN C on eBay,” said John Lin, CEO of eBay Greater China, “eBay, with its 145 million active buyers around the world, is uniquely positioned to help Chinese brands such as ZTE reach global consumers directly and expand worldwide.”
The ZTE Open C are being made available unlocked and without any preinstalled carrier-specific apps or services and will come in a slew of color options – orange, blue, black, white, and fuscia. The new device is now available for $99 to all eBay users in the US, UK, Germany, Russia, and many European countries including Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Ukraine, and the Vatican.