Once upon a time, Finnish Nokia employees decided that they could start their own company to manufacture phones that could take on their employer’s and other brand phones in the market, and sure they have done it. Jolla is the name of the company and also their new phone which will be entering the market soon. The first details of the Jolla phone have surfaced and it will not be the ordinary Android smartphone we would expect – it comes with a mobile operating system called Sailfish OS. If you would like to have this new smartphone, it is already up for pre-order. The new Jolla phone may run a completely different operating system from the most popular smartphones in the market (Android) but it also is said to support Android apps.
The Phone’ Specs
The Jolla Phone is a 4.5 inch device that is basically a typical modern smartphone introducing a whole new Linux-based mobile operating system. It’s 4.5 inch Estrade display screen will be a ‘High Definition’, probably a 720p, but this is just a speculation. The Jolla Phone is also said to be coming with an unspecified dual-core processor, 16 GB of internal storage space but with a microSD support, a rear 8 megapixels camera, 4G LTE network support and the battery will be removable and user-replaceable.
Jolla will offer various casing options as it may be coming with several cases or ‘The Other Half’. The colors of the cases will apparently match the ‘theme’ of the handset, letting the user set up ‘the other half, exactly as they want it to be.
Sailfish OS is the newest mobile OS coming hot on the heels of Firefox OS and others expected to make a difference in a world dominated by Android. This OS is however said to be ‘gesture based’ operating system and if it will actually effectively Android apps then it may just be interesting to find out what its future is. It doesn’t however mean that users will be able to install Android apps right out of the Play Store, details on the support for Android apps are not clear yet. The new Sailfish OS is specifically a mobile operating system unveiled during the 2010 Mobile World Congress based on the old ‘MeeGo’ platform. The birth of Sailfish OS was triggered by the merge between Moblin (Intel’s) and Maemo (Nokia) but both companies ditched the new OS as Nokia decided to bet their future on Microsoft’s Windows phone OS while Intel went east to partner with Samsung in developing Tizen, another Linux-based mobile OS.
Price and Availability
The Jolla is a cleanly and uniquely designed smartphone and the way the company makes it sound, the device allows for a ton of deeper functionalities beyond just customizations features. The phone is expected to be available sometime towards the end of 2013 and will be costing €399 (about $510). The manufacturer promises that pre-orders to the European countries may start shipping at the end of the year depending on demand. It probably will reach other markets outside Europe from early to mid-next year, but this may depend on how well the phone is received in Europe.