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GeeksPhone lists Firefox OS-powered Peak+ smartphone for pre-order

Several months after GeeksPhone developed two Firefox OS-based phones for the developer community, the Spanish smartphone startup is bringing Mozilla's OS to consumers with the new Peak+ smartphone.

The Peak+ is now available for pre-order and follows the April debut of the Keon and Peak developer phones, both of which sold out within hours.

Hoping to make a splash with regular mobile phone users, GeeksPhone is marketing this device as an improved version of the Peak, doubling the RAM to 1GB. Still, the Peak+ carries the same 4.3in qHD screen, 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon CPU, 4GB of storage (with microSD expansion slot), 8-megapixel rear camera, and 1800mAh battery.

It also boasts the updated Firefox OS version 1.1, according to ZDNet.

During the pre-order period, the Peak+ comes at the discounted cost of €149 (£129) — the same price as its developer cousin. The phone is expected to return to a standard, yet unknown, price later, ZDNet said. Shipping is anticipated to begin in mid-September.

The "light and versatile, but also powerful" developer preview Keon is still unavailable from GeeksPhone for €91 (£79).

The first consumer-based Firefox OS device hit shelves in Spain early this month, when Deutsche Telekom and Telefonica released the 3.5in ZTE Open, with 256MB of RAM, a 3.2-megapixel cam, and a 4GB micro SD card.

A week later, DT subsidiary T-Mobile Poland began selling the Alcatel One Touch Fire in Poland, where consumers can pick up the 3.5in, 480 x 320 pixel device, on sale for less than £1 "in combination with a very attractive tariff," according to Deutsche Telekom. The phone will be available in Germany, Hungary, and Greece this autumn.

Update: Mozilla has since issued a statement, saying, "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."