More than a year after launching their first smartphone, Jolla has finally landed in India, and is offering the exact same smartphone for Rs.16,499 (~$270), and will be sold exclusively on Snapdeal.com. We were expecting the launch to happen much before, but it’s not easy for a new company to tart operations in a complex market like India.
The Finnish device company was formed after Stephen Elop’s ‘burning platform’ episode at Nokia, back in 2011. Jolla is mincing no words and taking on Android heads on with its SailFish OS based smartphone. The device is just called Jolla Smartphone, and comes with mediocre specs on paper. It features a 4.5-inch IPS qHD (960×450 pixels) display, 1.4GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm and 1GB of RAM. There’s a 8-MegaPixel shooter on the back, and a 2-MegaPixel front facing camera for voice calls and selfies. Connectivity options include LTE support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS, although we doubt the device to support Indian TD-LTE bands.
The Jolla smartphone runs on SailFish OS which is completely gesture based UI. Although it’s an open source platform, the number of apps available is minuscule, but Jolla says that it has you covered, as SailFish OS can run Android apps out of the box. You can install third party app stores like Yandex and other app marketplaces to sideload Android app APKs onto the Jolla smartphone.
The Jolla smartphone comes in three vibrant colors for smart covers – Poppy Red, Kiera Black and Aloe Blue.
The device has been available in Europe for over a year. It was initially launched for €399 and was later discounted to €349, but never really managed to create a bigger impact. We have been following Jolla and SailFish OS for the past few years and really love the refreshing UI and UX they offer. At Rs.16,499 Jolla has its hands full to make people look beyond the specs sheets, while ensuring they trust a completely unknown foreign brand.