Ever since the Mozilla team unveiled its Firefox OS for mobile devices, a number of vendors have expressed interest in it, and many are planning to create hardware for it. But Geeksphone has beaten all of them by unveiling Keon, which will go on sale within a few weeks and will become the first commercially available Firefox OS smartphone.
At this point, when the Firefox OS is still taking off, developers are far more interested in the operating system, compared to the users. And so, it is understandable that most vendors who are trying to build a Firefox OS smartphone are eyeing these developers as potential customers.
Geeksphone’s Keon is also geared primarily at the developers. It is for this reason that the company is packing only modest specs in it so that the total price is said to dwell between $100 and $150, making it ultra-affordable for the developers.
Keon features a 3.5-inch display at a resolution of 480 x 320 and a 3-megapixel camera on the rear. The storage space can be expanded through a microSD card slot. As far as the outlook goes, the smartphone is wrapped in an orange outfit, which goes well with the Firefox OS.
The handset is juiced up with a fairly underwhelming 1GHz processor, even when the CEO of Geeksphone assures us that since Firefox OS is mostly HTML5-based, battery consumption would be moderate. Nonetheless, the handset is essentially meant for developers who can tinker with the OS and create and test out their apps on the new platform. It will be available within a few weeks and both developers and non-developers will be able to buy it.