LG launches Fireweb, its first Firefox OS smartphone
LG released its first Firefox OS-powered handset yesterday in partnership with Telefonica, a Brazilian telecom carrier. This rather basic smartphone is only available in Brazil for now but Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay will follow soon.
According to Mozilla's COO Jay Sullivan Firefox OS is only a part of a higher level ecosystem "as part of Mozilla’s mission to put the power of the Web in people’s hands and offer the best Web experience possible." Launched together with the Alcatel Onetouch Fire, the LG Fireweb has the following specs:
- Processor: single-core 1 GHz Qualcomm
- Memory/Storage: 2 GB RAM; 4 GB internal storage and microSD support
- Display: 4-inch touchscreen with 480X320 pixels
- Camera: 5 MP back-facing with autofocus and LED flash
- Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G
- Operating system/Software: Firefox OS 1.1; Web browser with HTML 5 support, calendar, clock, maps applications
- Battery: 1,540 mAh
In Brazil the price of this mobile phone is $207 for pay-as-you-go customers, while subscribers can get it for only $59. Unfortunately there is no information about the pricing and availability of the LG Fireweb in the United States but the price of the handset should be lower on the North American market, since Brazil has very high import taxes.
For more information about the handset, please check the embedded video and/or the press release below.