The second most populous nation in the world, India, is also one of the largest smartphone markets. That’s why most of the smartphone companies are trying to expand their market in India. After China’s Xiaomi, and soon, Firefox-OS powered handsets and Obi Mobiles, another smartphone company will be arriving in India within next month, and that’s Jolla.

Formed by Ex-Nokia employees, Jolla offers “complete open-source” Sailfish OS handsets. As it has become a norm these days with new companies in India, Jolla has partnered with Snapdeal, one of India’s biggest e-commerce retailers to sell the devices in the country.


Jolla phones are already available in Europe, and it hopes to do well across India. “India is the rising smartphone market of the world,” said Jolla co-founder and CMO Sami Pienimäkiin in a statement. “Since late 2011 when we established the company Jolla, we have received a tremendous amount of interest from India to enter this great market.”

To rule Indian market, pricing will be one of the most important factors. The company is yet to say anything about pricing, but when it launched its handset in Europe, it was priced at 399 Euros — which it later slashed to 349 Euros — a price-point which despite the revision might not attract many buyers.

We are not sure if Jolla will launch the same variant that it had launched in Europe late last year. But to give you a glimpse on what to expect, Jolla’s Sailfish-OS powered handset sports a 4.5-inch IPS qHD display, and employs 5-point multi-touch with Gorilla 2 Glass protecting the display.

It sports an 8MP shooter with LED flash, and 2MP shooter upfront. Powered by dual-core 1.4GH processor, the device couples a gig of RAM. The international variant had support for Wifi, 3G and 4G LTE. We doubt if the Indian variant will offer LTE support as well.

From the hardware standpoint, the device does look powerful enough, but will be able to compete with the likes of Moto G and Xiaomi Mi3 which packs just too many features for Rs 13,999, only time will tell.

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Manish is pursuing a degree in Computer Science and Engineering but spends more time in writing about technology. He has written for a number of Indian and international publications including BetaNews, BGR India, WinBeta, MakeTechEasier, MediaNama, and Digit magazine among others. When not writing, you would find him ranting about the state of digital journalism on Twitter.