Haven’t heard of Jolla? This Finnish startup has long been working towards the mission of refreshing the MeeGo mobile operating system and creating a phone of their own to run it. Now it’s official, the company has announced their first phone, aptly named the Jolla.
The new phone will feature a 4.5-inch display, a dual-core processor, an 8MP camera and a removable battery. There is also 16GB storage and a microSD slot. What really makes the phone special though isn’t the specs, it is the MeeGo-based OS, Sailfish. This unique OS will certainly set the Jolla apart from other phones on the market.
You have to wonder though, does that also mean you will be isolated when it comes to apps? The good news is that the phone will actually be Android app compliant, meaning that you won’t be left out when it comes to great apps. Whether or not that means full Google Play store support or some obscure Android app store – that remains unseen.
There are still a lot of “unknowns” for the Jolla phone and its Sailfish OS, but it certainly a unique project and its great to see companies out there in the mobile world that aren’t afraid to do something new and different, even if it makes their product decisively niche-targeted.
Interested in learning more about the Jolla, or even getting your hands on the phone? You can now pre-order the phone from the company, starting today. The phone is expected to cost around $500 and release towards the end of the year. Even more interesting is the pre-order process, which has different amounts you can spend with different reward levels – similar to Kickstarter rewards.
What do you think of Jolla, worth considering or are you better off with a similarly priced mobile device running a more established mobile OS?[ source ]