By Stephen Schenck | January 22, 2013 10:41 AM
Last year, we saw Mozilla’s Boot to Gecko project mature into Firefox OS, an ambitious attempt at introducing a new player on the smartphone scene. That’s going to be a seriously uphill battle, but before we can really pass any sort of meaningful judgement on the platform, we’re going to need to see it running on native hardware. We’ve known for a while now to expect the first Firefox OS devices sometime early this year, and now the details on just what we’ll be getting have been revealed, upon the announcement of the Keon and Peak Firefox OS Developer Preview handsets.
That “Developer Preview” business should clue you in that these aren’t exactly ready for prime time, but for users looking to get early access to the new OS, this is the way to do it. Spain’s GeeksPhone is behind the hardware, and is releasing two models to start, the entry-level Keon, and higher-end Peak.
Keon really does sound a bit underpowered, with an ancient Snapdragon S1 single-core 1GHz SoC, 3.5-inch HVGA screen, three-megapixel camera, 4GB of flash, and 512MB of RAM.
Peak is certainly better equipped, but still feels like a mid-to-low-end Android. It runs a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4, has a 4.3-inch qHD screen, an eight-megapixel main camera, and adds a two-megapixel front-facer. It still has the Keon’s disappointing storage and memory figures.
Both phones are capable of 3G operation on the 2100, 1900, and 900MHz bands, and should be available sometime next month. For now, there’s no word on pricing, but it had better be cheap.