Huawei Ascend II Y300 Runs Firefox OS; Heads for Developing Markets

February 4, 2014, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

When Firefox revealed it was developing its own OS for phones, we had a hit that at least a few of the phone makers out there would latch on it. 

And, among them was Huawei. So, Firefox OS will soon be seen running the next Huawei creation. The company’s first phone driven by the OS is all set to arrive in our midst, and we foresee a joyous occasion.

The new Huawei Ascend II Y300 needs to be anticipated as bringing unto us a device we would all want to own.

A demo of the device was shown off at the recent Consumer Electronics Show too.


In case you aren’t aware, Firefox OS   has been revealed as a smartphone operating system that has the capability to run web apps written using HTML5 and other web technologies. Coming from the creators of the Firefox web browser, we need to stay assured that the OS would do wonders while browsing the web on the phone.

Made to perform as an open, customizable alternative to Android and other operating systems, it is likely that phone and tablet makers as well as carrier networks would get more control over the products they offer.

Though not a charmer in the looks department, the Ascend II Y300 does indeed have something to rave about. We have seen other info about Firefox OS phones made by companies like Alcatel and ZTE, and in comparison the Huawei rig may not stand up to them on the performance front too.

But then, as a low cost device that would head for the developing markets, this phone needs t be seen with some amount of importance.

Sporting a 4 inch, 800 x 480 pixel TN display, the Huawei Ascend II Y300 hides underneath the bonnet a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8225 ARM Cortex-A5 dual-core processor. The device also boasts 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, and a microSD card for further expansion of storage.


The imaging arena is taken care of by a 5 megapixel camera at the rear and a front facing 0.3 megapixel shooter. Connectivity comes through via options for 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, and works with GSM, EDGE, and UMTS networks.

Power juice flows in via a 1730mAh battery, which offers pretty good usage time.

The Ascend II Y300 running Firefox OS interests us big time, thanks to its positioning as the phone driven by an operating system in its infancy. We will need to see what all it does have to amaze us more.

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