The first Firefox OS phone, ZTE Open, has been selling in Spain since the beginning of the month, and Alcatel One Touch Fire has been available a few days later in Germany. Both of those phones have low hardware specs with a single core processor, and 256 MB RAM. There’s now a more powerful alternative, Geeksphone Peak+, based on Geeksphone Peak Developer Preview phone, featuring Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8255 dual-core processor with 1GB RAM.
Here are the specs of the phone:
- SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (MSM8225) dual-core processor @ 1.2 GHz with Adreno GPU
- System Memory – 1 GB RAM
- Storage – 4 GB Flash + micro SD card slot
- Display – 4.3 inch, 960 x 540 pixel IPS display
- Camera – 8MP rear camera and 2MP front camera
- Connectivity – WiFi, Bluetooth, FM radio, GPS
- Networks – GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (2G EDGE), UMTS 850/1900/2100 (3G HSPA).
- Sensors – Light & Prox. Sensor, G-Sensor
- USB – 1x microUSB port
- Battery – 1800mAh
Liliputing reports the phone is not actually a certified “Firefox OS” device, but instead is based on Boot 2 Gecko (B2G) technology. This is what a Mozilla spokesperson had to say:
Today, Geeksphone announced the pre-sale of a new device based on Boot to Gecko technology. We want to clarify that this new phone that was announced is based on Boot to Gecko technology with pre-release software, but is not a certified or supported Firefox OS device.
I find this confusing as I really thought Firefox OS was the new name of B2G. So apparently Boot to Gecko (or B2G) is open source, but only officially approved devices will ship with “Firefox OS”. It could be Firefox OS is to B2G, what Chrome is to Chromium. If somebody has an insight into this, it would be nice to comment.
You can now pre-order Geeksphone Peak+ for 149 Euros, excluding VAT and shipping, and the phone will be shipped on mid September.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.
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