Not everybody was happy when Nokia decided to abandon Meego and follow the Microsoft path, as a result a group of Nokia engineers created Jolla, a new company that would create smartphones based on Sailfish, Meego’s successor. Now their first smartphone is finally on the market.
The Jolla handset is launching today at an event organized by the Finnish carrier DNA. The device will only be available in Finland for the time being, but availability will be expanded to other countries in the future.
The Jolla smartphone features mid-range specs, including a dual-core Qualcomm processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage expandable via MicroSD card, and a 4.5-inch with a 960x540 resolution. The unlocked device sells for €399.
Sailfish OS, is an upgraded and rebranded version of Meego that comes with some of its most important features including Swipe. The OS is also designed to feature true multitasking where apps remain alive in the background, but we’ll have to see how well this works once we get to test a Jolla handset. The team behind Sailfish has promised frequent OTA updates to constantly improve the OS.
All in all the Jolla alongside Sailfish look like interesting products, and they might have the potential to break into the market, but time will tell if Finland will have a new major phone manufacturer.
Source: V3 | Image via Jolla