A few years back Nokia bet on Linux based OS called MeeGo and even went ahead to launch the Nokia N9 running the OS but unfortunately it was left half way through and the Ex-Nokian team which baked the OS formed a startup called Jolla and unveiled a new OS called Sailfish a few months ago which is a gesture based OS. And today the company has taken wraps off its first smartphone running on Sailfish OS. The smartphone which will simply be called ‘Jolla’ is decent enough going by the specifications that it comes packed with and includes a 4.5 inch display, resolution of which is said to be HD so we expect 1280 x 720 pixels.
16 GB of internal storage coupled with a microSD card slot, an 8 megapixel autofocus camera on back with LED Flash, a user-replaceable battery (Thank God), dual-core processor and 4G LTE compatible. The most interesting part about the device is the removable, colored shell on the back of the device which seems to be user-customisable and will be able to influence the theme colours of the Sailfish UI by detecting the colour of the shell.
Jolla is calling it as “the Other Half” and the software changes to match your selected colour and design, which seems to be interesting while we do not know how it works. Also, Jolla has made sure to point out that Android apps will be compliant which will make it easier for developers to port their apps for the new Sailfish UI.
The company has started taking pre-orders for the device which will cost €399 and user from buyers from Finland, Sweden, Denmark, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, France, and Italy can pre-order the Jolla. The smartphone is currently slated to ship sometime in Q4 2013. There is a video message from Jolla co-founder Marc Dillon which shows the Jolla and you can catch it below.
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