Monday, May 20, 2013

Jolla Readies First Smartphone for Year's End

Is there enough room for yet another mobile platform? The people that were working on Nokia's MeeGo think so, and they joined up to form a new company - Jolla - and kept working on their new Sailfish OS, that is now making its first public appearance. The first Jolla phone with Saiflish OS can now be pre-ordered, and is promised to be delivered before year ends.

The Jolla smartphone has a 4.5" HD screem, dual-core CPU, 16GB + microSD, 4G/LTE, replaceable battery, 8MP camera, and a mysterious "The Other Half" attachment that will allow you to add/change features by snapping some kind of special case/cover. More importantly though, is that the Sailfish OS will be able to run Android apps - which will certainly make it a lot less frightening than jumping on board a new platform that will surely struggle to find developers willing to make native apps for it - especially in the initial phase.

Jolla will cost 399€ (about $513 USD) and can be pre-ordered right now for 100€ (that will be redeemable when you buy the actual smartphone later on). But for now that offer is available only in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, France, and Italy.

Do you think Sailfish and Jolla will have any chance against Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry? Is there really enough room for all?

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