Mozilla announced the first two smartphones based on its operating system, Firefox OS on Monday: the ZTE Open and Alcatel One Touch Fire.
The two devices will soon be available through Telefonica and Deutsche Telekom. Telefonica announced that the ZTE Open will be offered in Spain starting on July 2 for 69 euros ($90).
Individual partners will release the dates of availability for each market. Mozilla said that the first Firefox OS will launch in Central and Eastern Europe under the wing of Norway-based Telenor “this year.”
Mozilla’s Firefox OS, which was one of the main topics during this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, is a HTML-based, open source mobile OS that should provide a user-friendly alternative to Android, especially on entry-level handsets. Mozilla hopes to conquer much of Central and Eastern Europe, Asia and Latin America with Firefox OS — most of which are currently dominated by cheap Android devices.
ZTE Open is a 3.5-inch smartphone with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 256MB of RAM, a 3.2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, A-GPS and Wi-Fi.
Alcatel One Touch Fire boasts nearly identical specs, but is powered by a Qualcomm processor.
Given the quantity of rumors that are floating around, it’s hard to think that we won’t be seeing a Sony phablet intermediate-size phone/tablet device in the near future. One of the folks over at ePrice is claiming that the Xperia ZU (for “Ultra”) will come with a 6.44-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 IPS LCD display with a pixel density of 342ppi. Internals-wise, it’s said to run a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 with 2GB RAM, 16GB storage and a 64GB microSD card slot, as well as a 3,000mAh non-removable battery. On the imaging front, there’s a 8-megapixel Exmor RS sensor primary camera and a 1.3-megapixel Exmor R up front. The same tipster let slip that the ZU won’t come with a stylus, but will be receptive to third-party styluses and should arrive on June 25th, so we’ll be waiting for an invite to Sony’s July 4th Paris launch with bated breath.
Apple has officially announced the launch of the Macbook Air in India aswell, starting off the new Macbook Air at a price of INR 67,900 inc VAT.
The 11-inch MacBook Air comes with a 1.3 GHz processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.6 GHz, 4GB of memory and is available with 128GB of flash storage starting at INR 67,900 inc VAT (INR 64,666.67 ex VAT), and 256GB of flash storage starting at INR 81,900 inc VAT (INR 78,000 ex VAT). The 13-inch MacBook Air comes with a 1.3 GHz processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.6 GHz, 4GB of memory and is available with 128GB of flash storage starting at INR 74,900 inc VAT (INR 71,333.33 ex VAT), and 256GB of flash storage starting at INR 88,900 inc VAT (INR 84,666.67 ex VAT). Configure-to-order options include a 1.7 GHz Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz, up to 8GB of memory and up to 512GB flash storage.
The new generation of Macbook Air from Apple feature Intel’s new Haswell chipsets, designed to be very powerful yet energy efficient. According to Apple, the 13-inch MacBook Air will last up to 12 hours of battery life and up to 10 hours of iTunes movie playback. The 11-inch MacBook Air delivers up to 9 hours of battery life and up to 8 hours of iTunes movie playback.
The new Macbook Air features 802.11ac Wi-Fi for wireless performance that is up to three times faster when connected to an 802.11ac base station. Just to make a point Apple also launched the new AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule base stations that feature three-stream 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology with a maximum data rate of 1.3Gbps, almost three times faster than 802.11n.
The new AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule base stations are available today through Apple Authorised Resellers. AirPort Extreme is available for a suggested retail price of INR 14,200 inc VAT (INR 12,511.01 ex VAT). AirPort Time Capsule comes in two models: 2TB of storage for INR 19,900 inc VAT (INR 18,952.38 ex VAT) and 3TB of storage for INR 25,900 inc VAT (INR 24,666.67 ex VAT).
Apple may get a bit colorful with its much-rumored low-cost iPhone.
In an investors note out today, analyst Brian White cited research suggesting that the lower-cost iPhone, aka “iPhone Mini,” would come in five different colors. White also believes the phone will arrive before the iPhone 5S, which is likely to debut in September assuming Apple follows its usual schedule.
Rumors have run rampant over the past several months about a low-cost iPhone, with several analysts and Apple watchers saying such a phone would launch sometime this year. A less pricey iPhone would be geared toward developing markets where the traditional iPhone is a bit too expensive for the average consumer. Apple, of course, has been mum on the topic.
White also believes that the iPhone 6, likely to launch in 2014, will sport a larger screen size than the 4-inch display found on the iPhone 5.
Now we’ve covered the first wave of Haswell-powered PCs and laptops, how about something to whet your appetite for later this year? While investigating Intel’s fanless tablet reference design, HP told us that its own iteration — one that was apparently also on stage during Intel’s Computex events — will be coming soon. While the tablet (or hybrid) wasn’t being shown publicly at the event, an official announcement is coming later this year. We thought we wouldn’t get to see a fanless Intel Core portable until Haswell’s successor, Broadwell (and its even smaller 14nm chips) started doing the rounds in a few years, but some clever hardware design could mean we see space-hogging, power-consuming fans dropped a little early.