Geeksphone launching Firefox OS smartphone, Peak+, for consumer market
Geeksphone, the small OEM that introduced the first developer preview phones running Mozilla's new Firefox OS, is building the Peak+, a Firefox device targeting the consumer segment.
The Peak+ follows the original Peak, one of two Firefox OS preview handsets Geeksphone launched in late April. The Peak, offered at $194, includes a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 4.3-inch qHD IPS display, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera (2-megapixel front), 4 GB ROM and 512 MB RAM. The less powerful Keon, priced at $119, boasts a 1GHz Snapdragon S1 processor, 4 GB ROM, 512 MB RAM, a 3.5-inch HVGA display, 3-megapixel camera, MicroSD storage and support for 2G and 3G networks. Both phones sold out their initial product runs in a matter of hours.
"There have been many contributions from the Geeksphone Users Community regarding our handsets; we have carefully listened and analyzed them, and today we are pleased to announce that we are finalizing the new and improved version of our most demanded smartphone, in which we have introduced new hardware features," the company said. "Moreover we will begin offering our new users 25GB of storage in the cloud that can be synchronized with other devices via Web."
Geeksphone did not divulge details on Peak+ pricing, availability or hardware specifications, but said it will offer a pre-reservation list within the next several days. "The pre-reservation list is intended to meet the growing demand of those who want to be the first ones to purchase the new terminal and also in order to provide fast and efficient service to requests from all around the world," Geeksphone said. "We are very proud that 93 percent of the sales of Peak and Keon have occurred outside Spain, mainly in Germany, France and Japan, as well as in other countries in Asia and Latin America."
Firefox OS (formerly Boot to Gecko) promises a new phone architecture that relies entirely on the Web to enable HTML5 applications with complete access to core device APIs. Mozilla has signed more than 20 hardware and operator partners worldwide, including Telefónica, Deutsche Telekom, Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S), Etisalat, Smart and Telecom Italia: Earlier this month, the open-source software development initiative began regional rollouts of the Alcatel One Touch and ZTE Open, the first commercially released smartphones running Firefox OS.
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