Finnish start up Jolla is launching the first Sailfish OS smart phone on 27 November 2013. These Jolla smart phones will be available through Finnish network provider DNA. The initial Finnish release will be then extended to several other countries starting from December.
What is Sailfish OS?
If you never heard of Sailfish OS, let me give you some background to it. In 2010, Intel and Nokia grouped together to develop an open source (?) mobile OS named MeeGo. Linux Foundation was also involved in the project. But in 2011, Nokia ditched this project to go ahead with Windows mobile OS. Intel and Linux joined hands with Samsung who was working on its own mobile OS Bada. Together they are working on a new mobile OS named Tizen and the first Tizen phone by Samsung will be releasing early next year from the earlier planned date of August 2013.
So what happened to MeeGo then?? When Nokia ditched MeeGo for Windows, it irked some of the Nokia employees working on it. Together they decided to continue with it and formed their own company Jolla in the same country which gave us Nokia (and Linus) i.e. Finland.
Features and price of Jolla smart phone:
Taking a look at the specification of Jolla, I would say its a decent pack. Main features are:
- dual-core 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
- 1 GB RAM
- 16 GB storage with external Micro SD card slot
- 4.5-inch 960×540 qHD display with 5 point multi-touch Gorilla glass
- 8 MP rear and 2 MP front camera
- Weight 141 gram
- GSM/3G/4G LTE
That’s not all, like Blackberry, you can run most of the Android apps through its compatibility layer. So, in case if you think Sailfish won’t have enough apps in the beginning, this come as a breather.
The unique feature about Jolla phones is “The Other Half“. Its an interchangeable backplate similar to what you saw in iPhone 5C but it is not just plastic and color. When you change the backplate of Jolla, it also changes the user interface (color, themes etc). Not only this, backplates can also have extra memory storage. In short, changing the backplates will change the phone in many aspects.
With these features and a price tag of Euro 399, I would say it could be a decent buy. The price tag keeps it in the league of Google Nexus 5 which is also a decent phone (and not great).
OS, OS everywhere
With Jolla releasing on November 27, Firefox smartphones already in market and Tizen coming in January 2014 its a flurry of new smart phone OS. Talking of which, we have yet to see a real smart phone from Ubuntu as their last attempt to crowdfund their own smart phone Ubuntu Edge failed.
What you think of Jolla? Is it nice to have in Euro 399?? Do share your views.