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ZTE Open (2013)

Firefox OS 1.0
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7225A
Adreno 200
256 MB / 512 MB
3.5 inch (320 x 480 px)
3.15 MP, 2048 x 1536 px

This phone comes equipped with a 3.5 inch TFT display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7225A chipset, and 256 MB of RAM.

But wait, here's a surprising fact about this phone!

Table of Contents

This article shares our personal experiences and thoughts about using the ZTE Open smartphone. We hope to offer helpful insights to others interested in this device.

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ZTE Open specifications

BrandZTE
NameOpen
ModelOPEN
Release date2013

Weight, dimensions, colors

Weight4.23 oz
Dimensions4.49 x 2.44 x 0.49 inch
Colorsblue, orange
SIM typeMini SIM

The weight of ZTE Open is about 4.23 oz with battery. This is average for smartphones of the same size.

System, chipset, performance

OS versionFirefox OS 1.0
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7225A
CPU1.0 GHz Cortex-A5
GPUAdreno 200

The ZTE Open comes with Firefox OS 1.0 out of the box. This CPU can be fast enough for basic phone operations. Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors work with Adreno GPUs. The processors are designed for the GPUs.

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Display type, size, resolution

Display typeTFT
Screen size3.5 inch
Resolution320 x 480 px
Multitouch supportyes

The 3.5 inch phone comes with TFT display. A thin-film transistor (TFT) features a thin-film transistor for each individual pixel. Smaller smartphones are generally more compact and easier to handle. The size of the screen is measured diagonally, from corner to corner.

Memory, storage

RAM256 MB
Internal storage512 MB
Memory card slotmicroSD

256 MB of RAM is not typically considered to be enough for a smartphone. More RAM lets us keep more apps and processes open in the background. This keeps the device from slowing down. Most people think a smartphone needs at least 32 GB of storage. The Open has only 512 MB. We can expand the internal storage (512 MB) with a compatible microSD card.

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Cameras, flash

Main camera3.15 MP, 2048 x 1536 px
Flashno
Selfie camerano

This single camera can be enough for many smartphone users, it depends on their photography needs and preferences. The main camera of Open smartphone does not have OIS. The optical image stabilization (OIS) is an important feature in smartphones.

Connectivity, network, wireless

GSM 2G bands850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Network coverage2G / 3G
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetoothv2.1, A2DP
GPSA-GPS
NFCno
FM radioyes
USBmicroUSB 2.0
Headphone3.5 mm jack

The 3G is obsolete now, because most phones can use 4G and 5G networks. The phone is capable of connecting to Wi-Fi networks. The Open smartphone is capable of connecting to Bluetooth devices. The GPS allows this smartphone to find their exact location. It provides accurate navigation and mapping. The phone isn't NFC (Near Field Communication) capable. NFC is not essential for basic phone functionality, but it can be useful. The 3.5 mm headphone jack allows us to connect wired headphones or earphones to the device.

Battery type, capacity, charger

TypeLi-Ion 1200 mAh

The Li-Ion 1200 mAh battery gives the smartphone a good battery backup. The Li-ion is a low maintenance battery. It does not need periodic full discharge. We can simply buy a new battery from the open market and interchange it by ourselves.

Features, sensors, specials

Sensorsaccelerometer, light, proximity

Today, smartphones come with many sensors. They help make the user experience better. The accelerometer is a sensor. It measures the tilting motion and orientation of the phone. The light sensor detects the level of light in the environment.

Verdict, pros and cons

Every phone has its strengths and weaknesses, and this ZTE phone is no exception. As with any device, there are aspects that shine and others that fall short. By examining both sides, we can paint a complete picture of what this phone has to offer. Let's explore its standout features and areas for improvement. Remember, this is just my opinion, and yours might be different.

Pros

  • microSD slot

Cons

  • TFT display
  • limited-size screen
  • insufficient memory
  • insufficient internal storage
  • single camera setup
  • no OIS function
  • lack of autofocus
  • no 4G support
  • no 5G support
  • no NFC feature
  • no Type-C USB port
  • low-capacity battery
  • no digital compass
  • no fingerprint reader
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Updated: May 11, 2024

Lucas Bradley I'm Lucas Bradley, the founder of the Phone42.com site. I love technology, especially smartphones, and I've been working with tech stuff for more than 20 years. This means I've seen a lot of changes and have learned a bunch about what makes a good phone. On Phone42.com, I look at all kinds of phones. They can be from big, well-known companies or new ones trying to make their mark. I want to help people understand what's new and cool in the world of smartphones, in a way that's easy to get.
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