Jolla Phone gets a price cut, now down to €349

After several months on sale, Jolla has reduced the price of its handset to €349. Originally €399, the Jolla Phone is the first device that was created by a team that left Nokia after Stephen Elop abandoned the MeeGo platform. 

Jolla is a group of former Nokia employees that continued work on a Linux-based operating system derived from MeeGo. The result was a new OS, Sailfish, which included a mixture of new features and some elements borrowed from the earlier platform. After creating a new software platform, instead of relying on aging and unsupported hardware like the Nokia N9, the team began working on a new device that would support the OS. 

In 2013, the Jolla Phone was launched becoming the company's first hardware device. It had a unique look, employing a design called “ The Other Half”. The underlying concept was that you could someday transform your device into something better by attaching different NFC-enabled backplates to the device. For now, these backplates perform a much simpler task, changing only the appearance of the menus with matching colors and themes.

The Jolla Phone features:

  • 4.5 in IPS qHD (540×960) display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.4 GHz dual-core processor
  • 16 GB of storage memory with microSD expansion
  • 8 MP AF camera
  • 2100 mAh user-replaceable battery
  • "The Other Half"
  • Sailfish OS
  • Android applications compliant

The newly priced Jolla device is available now via the company's website.

Source: Jolla | Image via Jolla

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The original book on Meego by Nokia focused on Python. Meego's focus was open source and Python is the easiest general purpose language. However, Jolla seems to have emphasized C++, one of the hardest languages, although Python is available through Mer. I would much rather make my own application, based on the work of others, than be stuck with somebody's application.

The other half is for adding anything via the I2C bus, thus extending the open source concept. There are very small hobbiest electronic devices, such as accelerometers.

Microsoft had a good reason to invade and destroy Nokia's phone as open source is a major threat.

I have not looked at the Sailfish SDK, but the framework for writing apps is Qt QML and that means that you can do the vast majority of coding in JavaScript and QML. My guess is that you probably do not need to do any C++ at all if the SDK gives access to all necessary APIs you need. Maybe you only need to do C++ if you do something really odd, but again I have not looked at the Sailfish SDK, but I have done my fair share of QML-coding.

Qt QML is also the route Ubuntu is taking.

in comparison to One Plus One, this Jolla is hard to justify... Price is higher, the specs much lower.

This alone will most likely kill any chances for non mainstream phone to become mainstream, imho.

I would love to try it, but the price is substantial! I will not risk throwing away that money on the device I potentially dislike.

zikalify said,
You'll like it, I tried it on my Nexus 4 and it's my favourite OS.

You tried it... but you're not using it...

That's not a good sign, unless I read that wrong.

rfirth said,

You tried it... but you're not using it...

That's not a good sign, unless I read that wrong.

Ha ha, true. Btw, I have nexus 5, should I just install this OS on it to try?