ZTE will launch a new phone running Mozilla's Firefox OS in the U.S. next year, a company executive said on Tuesday.
The Chinese handset maker has so far sold about 100,000 of its first Firefox OS phone, the ZTE Open, said He Shiyou, the company's executive vice president. The phone was built for developing markets such as Latin America, but later made available in the U.S. and U.K., where it quickly sold out at prices of $79.99 and £59.99, respectively.
"On the whole, the sales have been pretty good, especially on eBay and with third-party retailers," he said. "The demand has exceeded supply, but we also purposely did not want this first generation product to have a large scale."
ZTE's next Firefox phone will arrive in the first half of 2014. It will come with a dual-core processor, a bigger screen, and a revamped user experience,
In October, ZTE will also begin selling its Grand S and Nubia phones in the U.S. through retailers.
Available already in China, the Grand S is an Android phone with a 5-inch full-HD screen. It has a quad-core processor, 13-megapixel camera, and its U.S. edition will probably come with a 2300 mAh battery. The price will range between US$400 and $500 (without subsidies.)