First Firefox OS Phones Announced


Mozilla’s Firefox OS is one of several new mobile operating systems we’ll see this year, and although it’s not scheduled for a public release just yet, a pair of handsets running the software have been announced. Before you rush off to pick one up, there’s a catch, as they’re really designed for developers to help them build and test apps.

Named the Keon and Peak, the two phones have been produced by Geeksphone and the Spanish mega-network Telefonica. Long-time Android fans may remember the aptly-named Geeksphone from way back in 2010, when the company produced an unlocked Android phone for use by developers called the Geeksphone One.

The firm is a good choice for the first Firefox OS phones. We start with the Keon which is the more basic of the two, and it has a 3.5-inch touchscreen with a 320 x 480 pixel resolution, while a 1GHz Snapdragon S1 processor drives the fledgling version of Firefox OS. A 3 megapixel camera on the back confirms the Keon’s budget nature, as does the 4GB of internal memory. Geeksphone has added a microSD card slot though, plus the device has Wi-Fi and GPS.

Moving on to the Peak and things get slightly more interesting, as the phone has a 4.3-inch screen with a 960 x 540 resolution, plus a 1.2GHz Snapdragon S4 chip at its heart. An 8 megapixel camera and a 2 megapixel video call lens take care of photographic duties, but the phone still has the same 4GB of internal memory.

Both phones will go on sale in February and judging by the specs, we doubt the prices will be very high. Powerful phones were never the point with Firefox OS anyway, as the HTML5 apps are designed to offer good performance without needing massive processors. Firefox OS is expected to go on sale to the general public by the end of the year.

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