After we have reported back in August that LG was preparing to launch its first Firefox OS device, we now have official information that this has happened! LG has launched the Fireweb Firefox OS smartphone in a joint event with the Telefonica Vivo carrier. The Fireweb Firefox OS smartphone will join the Alcatel One Touch Fire which Telfonia is launching in Brazil, starting today. Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay are the next countries to get it.
The Fireweb smartphone is LG’s very first Firefox OS device and it increases the small number of OEMs that have released Firefox OS devices on the market. The smartphone has a 4-inch screen with a 480 x 320 display, a 1GHz Qualcomm processor and 4GB internal storage (the Vivo carrier says it’s 2GB, we will wait for a confirmation on that) that can be expended with the microSD card slot by up to 32GB.
LG launches its first Firefox OS device
Where the Fireweb makes a difference is with its camera, as it has 5-megapixel unit that comes with both autofocusing and an LED flash, which is a first for Firefox OS phones. Vivo Brazil will start selling the Fireweb smartphone from today with an unlocked price of 449 Brazlian reals, which is around $200 US. Regular subscribers will get it for 129 Brazilian reals, which is around $60 US.
LG Fireweb’s dimensions are 113.8mm x 66.5mm x 9mm and it weighs 122g. LG’s Fireweb smartphone comes with Firefox OS 1.1 out of the box, and it makes use of the new features found in Mozilla’s first sofwtare update to their mobile operating system.
The Fireweb is also the first device to get launched on the market with Mozilla’s newest version of the software. Other features of the Fireweb include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, 3G connectivity, and a 1540mAh battery.
The Firefox OS phones are known to be very affordable products, and some of the cheapest that an OEM has to offer. But the Fireweb isn’t the cheapest phone from LG’s portfolio, as the company sells the Optimus L3 II for $184. Even is the LG Fireweb might seem like an interesting device for some, it will be available only through the Telefonica-owned Vivo network in Brazil. It is said to come by the end of the month through the same network to Peru, Uruguay and Mexico.
Commenting on the launch, Jay Sullivan, COO of Mozilla, said:
“We built Firefox OS as part of Mozilla’s mission to put the power of the Web in people’s hands and offer the best Web experience possible. We’re happy to see Firefox OS gain momentum with partners launching new devices in new markets and developers around the world being inspired to innovate. Our partnership with Telefónica Vivo demonstrates the rich, new experiences offered on Firefox OS by combining the best global and local content with LG’s elegant new device experience.”
If you ask me, the LG Fireweb does seem like a little too high priced, bet let’s suppose it’s because of the Brazilian market, where most tech products tend to have a higher price. I will leave below with with first video featuring the LG Fireweb in action: