Geeksphone now selling Firefox OS to consumers with Peak+

The Spanish startup launches preorders for an updated, higher-end smartphone costing $197 and running Mozilla's browser-based Firefox OS.

The Geeksphone Peak+, a Firefox OS phone
The Geeksphone Peak+, a Firefox OS phone Geeksphone

Geeksphone on Thursday began taking preorders for its upcoming Peak+, a smartphone that marks the startup's expansion from earlier developer-oriented Firefox OS models to ones geared for consumers.

The Peak+, with a promotional preorder price of 149 euros ($197) while stock lasts, is a tweak to the earlier Peak model for developers. It's got 1GB of memory instead of 512MB, and its interior and internals have been updated for a polished finish and a better feel, the company said. The company will sell the model at an undisclosed but "slightly higher" price starting September 15, when the phone begins shipping.

The Peak+ will come with the new Firefox OS 1.1 installed. The updated version of Mozilla's browser-based operating system has better power management for longer battery life and better graphics performance, Geeksphone said.

Other features match those of the earlier Peak: a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm 8225 processor, a 960x540 IPS screen, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and 2-megapixel front-facing camera, a microSD flash card slot, tri-band UMTS and HSPA network support, and a 1,800 mAh battery.

Geeksphone was the first out of the Firefox OS gate with its developer-oriented Keon and Peak . As it moves to the consumer market, though, it faces competition from much larger manufacturers with major sales channels. The first two are low-budget models, the ZTE Open, which Deutsche Telekom is selling in Poland , and the Alcatel One Touch Fire, which Telefonica is selling in Spain . And, of course, it competes with the multitude of other Android, iOS, and other smartphones on the market.

Geeksphone, based in Spain, offered its first hint about the Peak+ 10 days ago .

The Peak+ replaces the Peak, Geeksphone said. Like its predecessors, the Peak+ includes 25GB of cloud storage. And if customers and supply-chain considerations warrant it, the company could sell a consumer version of its lower-end Keon, too, the company said.

Updated at 4:26 a.m. PT with pricing and shipping detail from Geeksphone.

About the author

Stephen Shankland has been a reporter at CNET since 1998 and covers browsers, Web development, digital photography and new technology. In the past he has been CNET's beat reporter for Google, Yahoo, Linux, open-source software, servers and supercomputers. He has a soft spot in his heart for standards groups and I/O interfaces.

 

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