Jolla, a company formed by a group of former Nokia employees that refused
to let go of MeeGo after the Finnish mobile manufacturer abandoned it,
has announced the launch of the first smartphone based on the new
Sailfish operating system, called Jolla. It will be launched on November
27 by Jolla in partnership with Finnish telecom operator DNA.
confirmed the news on Twitter and said, "The world's first #Jolla phone
will be sold on Nov 27 in Helsinki by @DNA_fi." Jolla's website notes that the Jolla smartphone is priced at Euros
399 (approx. Rs 34,000).
On November 27, the company plans
to handover 450 pre-booked Jolla phones and the rest would be available
at DNA Kauppa outlets in early December, the statement said.
company has already announced
the specifications of the Jolla smartphone, which include a 4.5-inch
Estrade (540x960 pixels) display; 1.4GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon
processor; 1GB of RAM; 16GB inbuilt storage which is expandable via
microSD card (no maximum capacity mentioned), and 2100mAh battery. The
Jolla smartphone will sport an 8-megapixel autofocus rear camera
alongside an LED flash, while there is a 2-megapixel front-facing camera
as well. It also features changeable smart covers.
the first Jolla phone is about to be launched, everything is ready to
make the consumers involved. The launch does not mark the end to product
development, it goes on in cooperation with the consumers," Jolla CEO
Tomi Pienimaki said.
"Being a Finnish operator, it has
been very important to DNA to be able to support a Finnish success
story, one in which we see great potential. People have been eagerly
awaiting Jolla phones and their long wait will finally be rewarded in
Helsinki on the 27th," DNA's Business Director Cedric Kamtsan said in a
Earlier, Jolla had announced
that its Sailfish smartphone operating system was compatible with
Android's application and hardware compatibility.
Sailfish operating system has been developed by a few former employees
of Nokia, who had worked on the MeeGo operating system that was being
developed in partnership with computer chip giant Intel.
May 2013, the first batch of Jolla phones were completely pre-booked by
consumers from Finland as well as from many
other countries in Europe and Asia.
(With inputs from PTI)