We stopped by the Geeksphone booth at MWC to have a look at its budget developer smartphone, the Keon. It will become the first smartphone on the market that runs Firefox OS when it goes on sale in a few weeks, with retail prices between $100 and $150, roughly between £60 and £90.
The Keon runs on a Cortex-A5 SoC, the Qualcomm MSM7225AB, clocked at 1GHz with 512MB of RAM, 4GB of onboard storage, a 1,580mAh battery, a 3.5in 480 x 320 pixels HVGA display, a 3-megapixel camera with flash and a microSD card slot. It will be available for everyone to buy but will be primarily geared at developers.
It looks quite similar to the Alcatel One Touch we saw a few days ago and like the latter, sports a bright orange chassis.
Javier Aguera Reneses, CEO of Spanish-based Geeksphone, told us that he’s confident the smartphone will be a success with the targeted audience.
Geeksphone also had a more powerful device called the Peak on display. It is more powerful than the former with a a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8225 SoC clocked at 1.2GHz, with 512MB of RAM, 4GB onboard storage, a 4.3in 960 x 540 pixel display, a 1,800mAh battery and an 8-megapixel camera.