Mozilla today announced a preview version of its mobile operating system Firefox OS will arrive next month. A pair of smartphones built by little-known manufacturer Geeksphone will debut in February, but the smartphones are just developer previews of the upcoming HTML5-targeted OS.
Firefox OS will first be seen on an entry-level smartphone known as the Geeksphone Keon, and a more appealing midrange device known as the Geeksphone Peak.
The Keon features the trademark orange hue wrapped around a phone with a 3.5-inch HVGA screen. The phone also has a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor, 4GB of internal storage, 512 MB RAM, a 1,580 mAh battery, and a 3 megapixel camera. The 3G HSPA phone will be sold unlocked and have support for microSD, Wi-Fi N, light and proximity sensors, G-sensor, GPS, and microUSB connections.
The Peak has a white rear and black face with a 4.3-inch qHD screen. It features a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 512MB RAM, and 4GB of storage. It has the same support for sensors and connectivity options as the Keon, but the phone upgrades the battery to 1,800 mAh, and adds a 2 megapixel front-facing camera in addition to a rear 8 megapixel camera with flash. It will also be sold unlocked.
Mozilla will make its Firefox OS phones available in February. Anyone purchases the device will be among the first consumers or developers to experience the HTML5-based Firefox OS, and will have an early chance to build web applications optimized for Firefox OS.