First Jolla phone appears in benchmarks, reaffirms its mid-range specs
The story of Jolla's Sailfish OS-based phone is a long one, yet apart from sharing some details on the phone, Jolla has left us woefully unaware of exactly when and where we can expect the device to retail officially Jolla has announced that it's first device is coming to market on November 27 in Finland.
As is the case with the industry, information starts trickling down sooner or later, and this time around we get to see how Jolla and its Other Half compare with the competition, at least in terms of browsing. Unfortunately, neither the 1.4GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 on board, nor the resolution of 960x540 helps, as the device is nearly at the bottom of Browsermark rank list. That one includes devices from iOS, Windows Phone and Android. Or 209 devices overall, of which Jolla's phone ranks 173rd, right under Samsung's Nexus S.
The only other detail we can glean from the phone's pass through Browsermark is that it'll be powered by Mozilla's Gecko Engine, the very same one that makes Firefox tick.
While these results are rather underwhelming, it should be noted that for what it's worth, Jolla was reluctant to pile up onto the specs bandwagon, like most other manufacturers do, from the very start. Whether that's because they see the world differently than their competitors, or simply because they're unable to keep that reckless pace is up for debate, however.
One thing's for certain, though: that phone is a looker.
Jolla's The Other Half
1. addicted2088 (Posts: 50; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)
"Whether that's because they see the world differently than their competitors, or simply because they're unable to keep that reckless pace is up for debate, however."
I think it's mostly because they're designing Sailfish to be light and not too resource intensive as other OS (MeeGo was extremely light). However, this does cause issues, since things like HD games with awesome graphics might not run that well on that Snapdragon 400, which means the flagship phone won't be as great overall as one would want it to be. Of course, this is just the first phone, so let's see.
9. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 930; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
TBH HD Games didn't run badly on MeeGo my N9 has had the maemo community treat :p with so many treats but overall i say it's capable the Hd games that were available to it at the time !
2. LiyanaBG (Posts: 288; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)
i don't think there is any place left for Jolla OS/Jolla phone they are wasting there time just like Samsung/Tizen,Firefox OS. these os are not going anywhere they will never be on any-list. samsung tizen is very late to the game
10. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 930; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
all of the Maemo community n9 and n900 users will be getting one and alot of finnish people that feel that Microsoft stripped them of their national pride :)
Tizen will have a place because samsung had a big name in the market right now so they can slowly push it out sneakly
Firefox and ubuntu touch not too sure right now they look very android-esque to say the least :/
and you can always booth all 4 of these Os's on an android phone :)
15. SleepingOz (unregistered)
You seem to forget that most of the Maemo community, like you said, have already moved to Android. Even some of the hardcore Nokia fanboys.
16. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 930; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
yeah i know i alot of them are also going to get a sailfish phone or boot sailfish on their phones which in the least will contribute to building the OS and it's ecosystem
if you visit the forums often you'll know that a good amount are looking forward to it :) so yeah they have a possible future !
3. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
As long as the OS experience is smooth and fluid i'd be stoked. I really hope it comes to retail soon.
12. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 930; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
jolla did an amazing job with the Os it works so well on such "LOW" specs !
4. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2551; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Android app compatible is great for the success of this OS.
11. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 930; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
all part of building a good eco-system gotta start somewhere !
5. Kriksis (Posts: 80; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)
"Jolla has left us woefully unaware of exactly when and where we can expect the device to retail officially. "
Other sites state differently
Jolla to go on sale on November 27 ---> http://www.gsmarena.com/jolla_
6. Chris.P (Posts: 261; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)
Must have slipped through my otherwise Jolla-aware net.
7. JMartin22 (Posts: 776; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)
I hate when people use the excuse to justify mediocre hardware by saying "it was lightweight and designed to use less resources" - all that tells me about the hardware is that it will be that outdated much faster, as applications update or new applications, tasks, or software updates become more demanding.
8. bon24x7 (Posts: 203; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)
Jolla is aiming for the mid/low end segment of the smartphone market. So what do you expect? An octa core processor with 4gb ram on a mid/low end device? Jeez..
Its priced higher at the moment but they'll soon slash the prices unless they're trying to be Apple. So why the hate bro?
13. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 930; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
Wp is a great example though and you can obviously tell the different between light weight and heavy weight when you compare a low android to a low end lumia (yes i said lumia not WP :p )
it's not an excuse if it's reality !!
14. mcshank (Posts: 47; Member since: 24 Apr 2013)
Device looks nice. Wouldn't mind seeing one up close.
17. valdo_the_noob (Posts: 2; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)
You should update when you get an up to date benchmark, those specs where done with an old prototype phone, with old software. I guess that now that the product is on sale for consumers they have optimized it and get a lot more out of that hardware. The sailfish OS is still beta now that consumers are buying it and I think that it will improve when they start gettin regular usage feedback and data from consumers