ZTE may have had a head start in the Firefox OS race ahead of MWC, but Alcatel's also got something similar to ride on the waves of some "500 million Mozilla users." Suitably dubbed the One Touch Fire, this entry-level phone is basically a rehash of the budget One Touch T'Pop announced back at CES, packing a 3.5-inch HVGA TN display, a 1GHz processor, 256MB RAM, 512MB storage and a 3.2-megapixel camera. There are also the usual bunch of radios: WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, FM radio and UMTS 900/2100 and 850/1900/2100 (up to 7.2Mbps for download and 5.76Mbps for upload). Underneath the removable 1,400mAh battery you'll find a microSD slot that'll take anything up to 32GB (a 2GB card is included), as well as a slot for an old-school Mini-SIM card.
We got the chance to play with the Fire earlier today and while the glossy plastic body -- in either orange or pink -- felt solid enough, the performance wasn't quite there yet: the touch and software response were significantly sluggish, as you'll see in our hands-on video after the break. On the brighter side of things, the surprisingly large loudspeaker on the back produced some punchy bass, but don't expect too much from its audio quality. Alcatel has a few more months to grease up the phone before its June launch across Latin America and Europe, so we'll be able to give it a proper score then. Press release after the break.
Alcatel One Touch Fire hands-on
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The ONE TOUCH FIRE
(featuring the Mozilla Firefox OS)
As the world's first smartphone to feature the Mozilla Firefox OS, it promises to gain a huge amount of attention in comparison to its tiny size – 500 million Mozilla users can't be wrong!
Teeny tiny and super shiny, the ONE TOUCH FIRE is an easy-to-choose, easy-to-use smartphone in a range of seven bright colours and a compact, pocket-friendly design.
This entry-level, fun and bright smartphone is purpose built to deliver a simple, smart, easy-to-use first time smartphone experience. It's the perfect choice for those moving gently from a feature phone to a smartphone – the large 3.5 inch display makes for a smooth HTML5 experience and apps are discovered in context while you surf the web!
The ONE TOUCH FIRE features the popular Firefox web browser; a 3.2 Megapixel camera; and a 1GHz processor for smooth browsing.
ALCATEL ONE TOUCH is proud to offer the first Mozilla Firefox OS smartphone, the ONE TOUCH FIRE is already being embraced by partners across the globe.
Name: ONE TOUCH FIRE
Launch date: June 2013
Specifications: 115 x 62.3 x 12.2 mm
3.5'' HVGA TN
Camera: 3.2 Mpxl camera
1 GHz CPU
GSM Quadband (850/900/1800/1900)
UMTS 900/2100 and 850/1900/2100
3G data up to 7.2Mbps DL and 5.76Mbps UL
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0 A2DP
Internal memory 512MB NAND + 256MB RAM
End user memory 180MB
Micro SD card support up to 32GB
Talk time: 12h(2G) / 7h(3G)
Standby time: 400h(2G) / 300h(3G)
Charger head and Micro USB cable
3.5 jack stereo headset
2GB Micro SD card