As if there weren’t enough new phones being unveiled today, open source foundation and Firefox developer Mozilla has taken to the internet to announce a new partnership with Spanish startup Geeksphone and two new Firefox OS developer devices.
Firefox OS is aimed at developing markets, so it’s no surprise that at least one of the phones fits that description. The lower-end phone is called the Keon, and it comes with a set of specifications that you’d more readily associate with a contemporary feature phone than a smartphone.
There’s a single-core 1 GHz Snapdragon S1 processor from Qualcomm, 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of internal storage – although this can be augmented with micro SD cards. The phone also sports a small 480 x 320 pixel touchscreen, a 3-megapixel camera and both Wireless N and HSPA connectivity.
The higher-end model is called Peak. While it’s still only on the level of mid-range phones from last year, this model looks like the one to go for if you’re accustomed to powerful Android phones. Peak uses a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor running at 1.2 GHz, but with the same 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of micro-SD upgradeable storage. The display has been improved significantly though, at 960 x 540 across 4.3 inches diagonally. Finally, Peak comes with an 8-megapixel camera on the rear and a 2-megapixel front-facer.
So when can we expect these sim-free phones? Well, the low-end Keon model should be arriving next month, while the Peak will be a little further off. No pricing information has been released for either model, but Geeksphone has promised a price tag that “you could never have imagined” so it should be quite a bargain!
If you can’t wait to try out Firefox OS, you could always try some Firefox OS apps on your Android phone. Just download the Firefox Aurora .apk file from Mozilla, set up it, then appear within the Apps part to put in some Firefox HTML5 apps!
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