updated 06:48 am EDT, Mon May 20, 2013
Jolla smartphone with Sailfish OS set for release in late 2013
Jolla has revealed its first smartphone to run its Linux-based Sailfish mobile operating system. If you're wondering how the Finnish company plans to survive in the cutthroat mobile space, things become clearer when Jolla looking at its features, which includes 100 percent app compliance with Android apps. The first handset is set to reach the market "by end of 2013" and will be simply titled "Jolla" (pronounced 'Yo-la') and will retail for 399€.
The Jolla smartphone centers on a 4.5-inch Estrade display and will be powered by an unspecified dual-core processor. Users will have access to 16GB of storage, plus the ability to expand this with support for microSD cards. It will include an 8-megapixel user-replaceable battery and the choice of two colored rear panels. Interestingly, the operating system will detect the color chosen and automatically adjust the OS color theme to match 'The Other Half,' as the company labels the rear cover.
Jolla is offering some Kickstarter-like rewards for users who choose to pre-order the device and help support 'The Movement,' as it is calling its marketing campaign. Backers who put down 100€ will have access to priority pre-order status, a limited edition device as well as an exclusive 'Other Half' color. They will also get a T-Shirt and a 100€ voucher that will be deducted from the final price of the device. 40€ will get the same priority status, T-shirt and limited edition device. There is also the option to get a pre-order number at no cost.
Jolla was born from the axing of Nokia's MeeGo mobile platform following its decision to pursue Windows Phone 7 and then 8. Many engineers from the MeeGo team joined Jolla to create the Sailfish OS, with assistance reportedly provided by Nokia to help the startup get off the ground. [via Engadget]