ZTE Open C


ZTE Open C
ZTE Open C (Open Series)
Graphics adapter
4 inch 5:3, 800x480 pixel, glossy: yes
125 g ( = 4.41 oz / 0.28 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
100 Euro


Average Score: 50% - poor
Average of 5 scores (from 7 reviews)
price: 70%, performance: 47%, features: 50%, display: 60% mobility: 50%, workmanship: 50%, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

Reviews for the ZTE Open C

40% ZTE Open C review
Source: Expert Reviews English
The ZTE Open C is very cheap, but its terrible battery life, token camera, poor screen and limited selection of apps and services place it very much at the bottom of the bargain bin. It's also only available SIM-free as an eBay exclusive from ZTE's eBay store, making it more difficult to get help if something goes wrong. If you can spend a little more, the £90 Motorola Moto E is a vastly superior phone that's much better value.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/07/2014
Rating: Total score: 40%
50% ZTE Open C review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
Firefox OS’s aim of bringing smartphones to emerging markets is interesting. But a £70 Firefox OS phone like the ZTE Open C doesn’t make a great deal of sense to most UK buyers when the system is severely compromised, and Android alternatives don’t cost much more.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/28/2014
Rating: Total score: 50% price: 70% performance: 60% features: 60% display: 60% mobility: 50% workmanship: 50%
50% Firefox OS touting bargain phone that falls short
Source: Techradar English
The ZTE Open C is very cheap and as a first smartphone it could certainly do a job. It represents a definite step up from the realm of feature phones. The trouble is you can get a number of smartphones that are a lot better for just a smidgen more cash. The Moto E and the Lumia 520 are superior in terms of specs, performance, and platform and they're not a lot more.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 06/18/2014
Rating: Total score: 50% price: 80% performance: 40% features: 40% workmanship: 60%
ZTE Open C review - Firefox Phone one of the cheapest smartphones you can buy
Source: PC Advisor English
The ZTE Open C smartphone costs only £60, and that’s the unlocked price so you can put a SIM from any operator into it. It runs the open source Firefox OS, and is aimed mainly at emerging markets such as China and India. However, you can buy it in the UK from ZTE’s ebay shop.
video review
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/17/2014
50% ZTE Open C review: a £60 smartphone that runs Firefox OS
Source: PC Advisor English
The Open C is an unlocked smartphone which costs very little. Although it’s better than the original ZTE Open, performance isn’t great and the operating system makes the 4in screen appear to have even fewer pixels than it does. If you’re on a really tight budget, you’d be better off going for a pay-as-you-go smartphone such as the Lumia 520, which will cost you just £75 locked to a mobile operator such as T-Mobile or Vodafone. If you’d prefer Android, then look to the Moto E.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/13/2014
Rating: Total score: 50% price: 60% performance: 40% features: 50% workmanship: 40%
60% ZTE Open C (Unlocked)
Source: PC Mag English
There are very few unlocked smartphones available for under $100 in the U.S. Note that I'm saying unlocked; it's perfectly possible to get a prepaid, but carrier-locked Android or Windows Phone for under $100. For unlocked phones, though, your best options are lower-end devices from BLU or gray-market Samsung or LG devices. That's why we're rating the Open C as high as we are: It's quite a feat for a sub-$100 device.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/13/2014
Rating: Total score: 60%

Foreign Reviews

ZTE Open C
Source: c't - Heft 05/2015 German
Review Type Unknown, online available, Length Unknown, Date: 02/16/2015



The ZTE Open C packs a combination of budget hardware and the new OS from Firefox. Being an entry-level device, it is definitely cheap to own, but it might not be everyone's cup of tea. Specifications are as basic as it gets with a 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 dual-core processor, Adreno 302 GPU, 512 MB RAM and 4GB internal memory.

There is an option to add storage space with a MicroSD card up to 32 GB. The display is a 4 inches TFT capacitive touchscreen which does a decent job. There is only a rear 3.15 MP camera, which is less than impressive. Other features include FM radio, GPS with A-GPS technology and WiFi capability; all being pretty much expected to be included in modern budget smartphones.

The operating system is still in development and has straight forward features, but there is currently a lack of applications. The device itself feels sluggish and the exterior simply looks cheap.

The 1400 Li-ion battery is more than enough to sustain a basic smartphone. Overall, there is much to consider before purchasing the ZTE Open C and many users will skip the option when they try one out.

Qualcomm Adreno 302: Integrated graphics card in some Snapdragon 200 SoCs with 6 shaders clocked at 400 MHz. These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
200 8210:
ARM Cortex-A7 dual core with a max of 1.2 GHz clock rate
» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

This is one of the smallest diagonal for smartphones.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
0.125 kg:

Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.


ZTE is short for Zhong Xing Telecommunication Equipment Company Limited, which was founded in China in 1985. The product range includes, for example, USB sticks, routers, smartphones and tablets.

The ratings of the relatively many reviews have a wide range from below-average to very good (as of 2016).

50%: This average evaluation is exceptionally bad. There exist hardly any laptops, which are rated so negative.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

Similar devices from a different Manufacturer

Nokia Lumia 530
Adreno 302
Sony Xperia E1
Adreno 302
Motorola Moto E
Adreno 302

Devices from a different Manufacturer and/or with a different CPU

Microsoft Lumia 532
Adreno 302, Snapdragon 200 MSM8212

Devices with the same GPU

Huawei Y625
Adreno 302, unknown, 5", 0.16 kg
Kazam Thunder 450W
Adreno 302, Snapdragon 200 MSM8212, 5", 0.138 kg
Microsoft Lumia 540
Adreno 302, Snapdragon 200 MSM8212, 5", 0.152 kg
Trekstor WinPhone 4.7 HD
Adreno 302, Snapdragon 200 MSM8212, 4.7", 0.097 kg
Microsoft Lumia 535
Adreno 302, Snapdragon 200 MSM8212, 5", 0.146 kg
LG L Fino
Adreno 302, Snapdragon 200 MSM8212, 4.5", 0.145 kg
Prestigio MultiPhone 8500 DUO
Adreno 302, unknown, 5", 0.14 kg
HTC Desire 516
Adreno 302, unknown, 5", 0.16 kg
LG L70 D325
Adreno 302, Snapdragon 200 8210, 4.5", 0.126 kg
LG L40
Adreno 302, Snapdragon 200 8210, 3.5", 0.113 kg
Huawei Ascend Y530
Adreno 302, Snapdragon 200 8210, 4.5", 0.145 kg

Devices with Same Screen Size and/or Weight

Adreno 505, Snapdragon 435, 6", 0.18 kg
ZTE Blade L5
Mali-400 MP, Mediatek MT6572, 5", 0.17 kg
ZTE Blade V8 Mini
Adreno 505, Snapdragon 435, 5", 0.141 kg
ZTE Blade V8 Lite
Mali-T860 MP2, Mediatek MT6750, 5", 0.141 kg
ZTE Blade V7 Plus
Mali-T720 MP4, Mediatek MT6753, 5.2", 0.143 kg
ZTE Blade Velocity
Adreno 405, Snapdragon 617 MSM8952, 5.2", 0.145 kg
ZTE Blade A2 Plus
Mali-T860 MP2, Mediatek MT6750, 5.5", 0.189 kg
ZTE Blade V8
Adreno 505, Snapdragon 435, 5.2", 0.142 kg
ZTE Blade A910
Mali-T720, Mediatek MT6735, 5.5", 0.135 kg
ZTE Nubia N1 Lite
Mali-T720 MP2, Mediatek MT6737, 5.5", 0 kg
ZTE Blade V6 Plus
Mali-T720, Mediatek MT6735, 5", 0.135 kg
ZTE Nubia Z9 Max
Adreno 405, Snapdragon 615 MSM8939, 5.5", 0.165 kg
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Stefan Hinum (Update: 2014-06-15)