Some Christmas presents are large. Some are small. Some are transparent. A few days ago Japanese mobile phone operator KDDI announced that, on Christmas, they would begin selling a Mozilla-powered smartphone designed by Tokujin Yoshioka (previously). The new phone, titled Fx0, is the 3rd collaboration between the cell phone carrier and Yoshioka, one of Japan’s most globally recognized designers.
And while the “brand-new transparent smartphone” doesn’t represent the diaphanous mobile future that movies like Minority Report had us dreaming of, it’s still an attractive device that aims to recapture the smartphone market that Japan has lost out on vis-à-vis Apple.
In order to express the openness that Firefox stands for, Tokujin incorporated a design that captures and exposes the beauty of the mechanical insides. “The Firefox logo is placed in on the home button to identify the originality through the front design of the body,” says Yoshioka. “This will be a model that symbolizes a new stage for Firefox OS smartphone.”