ZTE Open C

5.4/10 AVG.
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5.4/10
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The ZTE Open C currently has an Informr score of 5.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 6 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Firefox OS
Processor
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
4"
Camera
3+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Android Authority

There is no shortage of budget devices out there, especially from Chinese OEMs. However ZTE is more than just a Chinese OEM, it is a global telecommunications brand. Its support for Firefox OS is admirable but the fact that you can run Android on this device is cool.The camera is poor, there is no d...

- Gary Sims, Android Authority
TrustedReviews

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.

- Andrew Williams, TrustedReviews
TechRadar

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 te...

- Simon Hill, TechRadar
PC Magazine

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-mark...

- Sascha Segan, PC Magazine
Tech Advisor

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 bet...

- Jim Martin, Tech Advisor


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Common Questions


ZTE released the Open C on May 8, 2014.


ZTE backs up the Open C with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
4"

The ZTE Open C's screen size is 4 inches with 480 x 800 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 MSM8210 Dual core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Firefox OS 1.3 operating system (OS).

Camera
3+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
4 GB

Internal memory is 4 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1400mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1400 mAh battery.

Open C Specs

Overview
Release date May 8, 2014
Regions available USA, UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Firefox OS 1.3

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 MSM8210 Dual core 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 4 GB
RAM 512 MB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.68 W/kg
Body: 0.94 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1400 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors White, Orange, Fuschia, Blue, Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.6 x 6.5 x 1.1 cm (5 x 2.6 x 0.4 in)
Weight 120 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
Pixel density 233 pixels
Size 4 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Unknown
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing No
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, MMS
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles OPP/FTP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Unknown
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
3+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Critic Reviews


Android Authority

$92 smartphone running Android 4.4 KitKat

from Android Authority

There is no shortage of budget devices out there, especially from Chinese OEMs. However ZTE is more than just a Chinese OEM, it is a global telecommunications brand. Its support for Firefox OS is admirable but the fact that you can run Android on this device is cool.

The camera is poor...More

There is no shortage of budget devices out there, especially from Chinese OEMs. However ZTE is more than just a Chinese OEM, it is a global telecommunications brand. Its support for Firefox OS is admirable but the fact that you can run Android on this device is cool.

The camera is poor, there is no doubt about it, but besides that the device is quite admirable considering its price point. There is lots of competition at the low-end but this is the cheapest device I have seen from a global player. You can pick up a ZTE Open C Firefox OS smartphone with Android 4.4 KitKat pre-installed from Chinavasion. 

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TrustedReviews

Inconsistent performance and quite buggy

from TrustedReviews

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.

Read full review

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.

Read full review

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TechRadar

Firefox OS touting bargain phone that falls short

from TechRadar

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...

More

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.

You can feel where this is headed. If I was buying a phone for a family member and I had a small budget then I would not buy the ZTE Open C. It's as simple as that.

When the next version of Firefox OS rolls out, we should see a much-needed improvement, but there's a long way to go to catch Android now. 

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PC Magazine

A rare high-quality, sub-$100 smartphone

from PC Magazine

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...

More

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.

But U.S. consumers aren't quite as price sensitive as the folks in developing markets who are the real target for Firefox devices like the Open C; a $20 difference isn't a big deal here. That makes the $113 unlocked Nokia Lumia 520 and $129 Moto E direct competitors to the Open C, and unfortunately, the Open C doesn't have anything that those two phones don't have more of. If Firefox OS is to find a place here, rather than in countries where every dollar counts, it's going to have to open up an even bigger price gap with the OS leaders. That's going to get even more difficult as sub-$100 Windows and Android phones flood the market next year. 

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Tech Advisor

Smartphone aimed at those on a tight budget upgrading from a feature phone

from Tech Advisor

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...More

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.

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Cnet

Low cost, at the price of performance

from Cnet

Until we start seeing those $25 Firefox phones enter the market, the ZTE Open C's asking price is really rock bottom. The phone's low cost comes at a price; mainly the quality of its components and its subsequent performance. If you're absolutely guided by low price when looking for a starter pho...More

Until we start seeing those $25 Firefox phones enter the market, the ZTE Open C's asking price is really rock bottom. The phone's low cost comes at a price; mainly the quality of its components and its subsequent performance. If you're absolutely guided by low price when looking for a starter phone, the Open C will check both requirements off the list.

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