Geeksphone on Thursday began taking preorders for its upcoming Peak+, a smartphone that marks the startup's expansion from earlier developer-orientedmodels 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.
with its developer-oriented and . 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 , and the . 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.
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.