Jolla is a newcomer in the world of smartphones and portable gadgets, and today, they announced their much anticipated smartphone, running a new kind of mobile operating system. While the device itself has some pretty good specs, all the magic is on the software side, as the Sailfish OS has awesome features. We had the chance to play with Sailfish OS at the MWC in Barcelona and were pretty impressed.
If you want to learn more about the Jolla smartphone, then keep on reading, as we will give you some information about the device and what it can do. The company also announced the price for the Jolla smartphone, and it is quite competitive with similar ones.
What’s so interesting about the Jolla phone?
At a first glance, you might not think that the Jolla phone is pretty special, after all, it looks very similar to a Nokia device, apart from the seam between the front and the back side of the smartphone. And it is exactly that difference that makes Jolla so special. The specs of the device are pretty good, but nothing special would drop any jaws, however, the detachable back side of the smartphone is a crucial part of the entire Jolla experience.
Users can have multiple back covers, and when they change them, the smartphone “senses” what cover it has and it changes its theme colors to match it. Users can also customize other aspects of the phone and link them with a cover, so they can change the look of the UI with a simple swap of the back cover. The design is pretty clean, with a full glass front face and no buttons, a volume rocker and power button on the side, a headphone jack at the top and the speakers on the bottom. The back side of the device has the camera and LED flash.
Other specs of the device are as follows:
- 4.5 inch “Estrade” Display
- Dual Core Processor
- 16 GB of internal storage space (upgradable via microSD card)
- 4G LTE Connectivity
- 8MP AF Rear Camera
- User-replaceable battery
There is no information at this time of what kind of Dual Core processor the device has, or the amount of RAM that it has. Also, there was no announcement about the front facing camera. Jolla did announce that the device has a replaceable battery.
The Sailfish Operating System
Many of the features that the Jolla smartphone has are provided by its operating system. Derived from the Nokia N9 MeeGo OS, the Sailfish is designed to be used only by touch and swipes. The UI of the operating system is clean and intuitive, so users will quickly learn how to access all its features. Jolla’s own words about it:
We developed the revolutionary UI around the concept of effortless interaction, designed to offer world’s best multitasking experience. Using your Jolla is so intuitive, that you can operate your favorite features without even looking at the device.
Jolla announced that the phone will be Android “compliant”, which allows users to install Android apps on their smartphone. While this is a great feature, it is somewhat unclear how this will work, what apps will be compatible and how the users will have access to them.
Price and Availability
During the announcement, we learned that the Jolla Phone will be priced at €399.99 (around $510) and it will be available in certain parts of Europe. After the European release, there will probably be a US and Asia release, but there is no information about this right now. For more information about the device, you can check out their website. Also, for those interested in the Jolla phone, the company has started receiving pre-orders, and users who decide to order a device, will receive a €100 once the device will be released, as well as Jolla T-Shirt.
The Jolla phone will be released by the end of this year, but there was no official date announced. The success of Jolla greatly depends on how well developers adopt this platform and the number of apps that users will have access to. Also, thanks to the possibility of installing Android apps on the device, there will probably be a decently populated App Store for the Jolla smartphone.
Radu Tyrsina contributed to this post