The Jolla smartphone specifications include the Linux-based Sailfish operating system, live multitasking, 16 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, 1 GB of RAM, and a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor running at 1.4GHz. Adding to the list is a 4.5-inch qHD multi-touch display with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, as well as protection by Gorilla Glass 2. It also comes with a microSIM card slot, support for GSM, 3G, and 4G LTE in a still-unrevealed limited list of countries and operators, an 8 MP primary camera with Auto Focus and LED Flash, and a 2 MP secondary camera. It offers The Other Half expandability with smart covers and extension interfaces for power in/out, wireless NFC, and 12C data connectivity. As Jolla Mobile announced recently, the device is compatible with Android apps, but will not arrive with Google Play.
Jolla Mobile may continue revealing more details little by little until the device is launched. However, it is now becoming clear that Jolla is not interested in impressing consumers with a flashy set of specifications that will rival the flagship smartphone offerings of more popular manufacturers. Rather, it appears that the Finland-based company’s focus is truly on its operating system and its “easy-to-use, gesture-based” features.
The Jolla smartphone is due for release before the year ends. Currently, interested consumers may pre-order the device for the price of 400 Euros on Jolla’s website.
Online, the device has gotten mixed reactions. Some are excited about the operating system that provides an alternative to the more established names. Others also underscore that its Android app compatibility gives Jolla and Sailfish OS an advantage over the other operating systems that attempt to challenge Android and iOS. Meanwhile, others have expressed their skepticism over the list of specifications, particularly the qHD resolution of the display. What’s your take on the Jolla smartphone?
Jolla Mobile has issued a press release regarding the Sailfish and Android compatibility today. This means that apps made for Android can now run on the Sailfish operating system without the need for additional modifications to be made. Sailfish has also stated that it is communicating with the various Android app stores to make the downloading of apps on Sailfish OS-based devices easy and seamless. Some apps that will directly run on Sailfish, according to Jolla Mobile, include Instagram, Whatsapp, Spotify, and WeChat.
The Finland-based company expects that the Sailfish and Android compatibility will mean growth for its operating system, as it will allow Sailfish users to take advantage of the multitude of Android apps available. Jolla Mobile, in particular, has its eyes on the European and Asian market. Such markets, Jolla believes, show plenty of potential for Sailfish OS to grow. In fact, the company revealed that it is already in talks with mobile device vendors from such regions. Jolla Mobile says that due to the recent Microsoft-Nokia announcement, it was able to gain a stronger foothold in the operating system wars. In response the positive feedback it had received, Jolla Mobile is opening a new batch of devices for pre-order, specifically for Finnish consumers. It would be recalled that the company opened the first Sailfish OS phones for pre-order back in May. During that time, it had been already revealed that the Jolla phones would support Android apps. Jolla Mobile is one of the newer operating systems that are attempting to challenge the dominance of Android and iOS. The other contenders currently include Tizen, Firefox OS, and Ubuntu Mobile. In case you’re interested in a device with a different OS that is nonetheless compatible with Android apps, Jolla’s offering features a 4.5-inch display, a dual core CPU, 16 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, an 8 MP camera with LED flash and autofocus, support for LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, USB 2.0, GPS, and a user-removable and replaceable battery. The device reportedly recognizes the unit attached to it and changes the operating system’s visual theme accordingly. Available colors include light blue, white, green, and orange. Interested in the mobile device operating system competition? Be sure to check out Robin’s article on the Android-iPhone duopoly here.
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.