A new smartphone has entered the market which was launched last November 27 in Finland. The device which is simply called Jolla is designed and made by former employees of Nokia and uses a new operating system called Sailfish OS which is based on MeeGo. During its launch date only 450 devices were made available which went to those who pre-registered for the device.
Today Jolla is shipping out to those who pre-ordered it with the bulk coming from Finland then followed by the UK and Germany. This device will become available worldwide at a price of €399 however the specific date has not been revealed yet.
Whenever a device running on a new ecosystem is released the initial consumers will want to know if apps are readily available that will run on it. The good news about Jolla is that it is able to install Android apps.
Jolla Technical Specifications
- Dimensions: Height 131 mm, Width 68 mm, Thickness 9.9 mm, Weight 141 g
- Processor: Qualcomm Dual Core 1.4GHz
- Network & Connectivity: GSM/3G/4G LTE (Works on 6 continents), WLAN802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz, Bluetooth 4.0 EDR HS, AGPS & GLONASS, USB2.0 HS, Standard 3.5mm 4-pin audio jack
- Memory: 16GB storage, 1GB RAM, MicroSD slot
- Display: 4.5″ IPS qHD (960×540) display, 5-point multi-touch with Gorilla 2 Glass
- Camera: 8MP AF camera with LED flash, 2MP front-facing camera
- Sensors: Proximity, Accelerometer, Gyro, E-compass, Ambient light
- Power: User-replaceable battery (2100mAh, 3.8V, 7.98Wh)
The Sailfish OS of the device is based on the MeeGo platform, a Linux based system jointly developed by Intel and Nokia. The initial impressions of the Jolla smartphone is that it is a beautiful device that resembles two slabs of plastics joined together like a sandwich. The back portion of the device is called as “The Other Half” and is designed as an extendible platform. This part has several connectors built in such as power and data bus. The data bus can be used for future accessories like a QWERTY keyboard among others.
Navigating the UI is a new experience and unlike that of the Android or iOS. Since he device has very few buttons you’ll mostly rely on gestures to peek at content and do push and pulls.
Getting Android apps on the device is easily done using Yandex’s Android App Store which is already pre-installed. Consumers will have access to around 85,000 apps which is already impressive. For those who are looking for the familiar Google Play Store then you may get it on your device as someone has figured out a way to do it.
Overall Jolla is a solid smartphone that looks very promising.