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Jolla outs The Other Half: first Sailfish OS phone sports snap-on design and Android apps

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Jolla outs The Other Half: first Sailfish OS phone sports snap-on design and Android apps
Jolla's announcement of the first phone with the Meego-based Sailfish OS is but a few hours away, yet the handset, with the working title The Other Half, was already outed in terms of specs, design and pricing.

Let's get the specs out of the way first - we get a 4.5" Estrade display, whatever that means, dual-core processor of the undisclosed variety, 16 GB of storage plus a microSD slot, an 8 MP rear camera, replaceable battery and "4G".

Of course, the big interest here is the gesture-based Sailfish OS, and its compatibility with Android apps, but for a thorough demonstration of the features we'll have to wait for the official launch event at 16:30 GMT/11:30 ET/8:30 PT. 

The Other Half apparently comes with a bunch of colorful snap-on "halves", the addition of which would make for adding new hardware features, and for now make the interface change its color scheme - "other half" indeed. The first Sailfish OS smartphone is expected to cost $512 (EUR 399) without a contract and subsidies.

source: Jolla via Engadget

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posted on 20 May 2013, 05:12 22

1. tadaa (Posts: 267; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)


Awesome

posted on 20 May 2013, 05:33 23

13. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


I was soo waiting for this phone! And the best thing? Today is my Birthday and they are launching this phone :D Best gift!!

Phone looks drop down gorgeous and Android app compatibility is

posted on 20 May 2013, 05:46 5

16. Credo (Posts: 748; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Congratzz!

posted on 20 May 2013, 21:04

56. MC1123 (Posts: 1256; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


it is awesome indeed! both BlackBerry 10 and salfish OS will be a good contender for android and iOS coz of their ability to run android apps! which WP lacks and its ecosystem is soooo small! BlackBerry 10 catches up with the app ecosystem against WP and i'm pretty sure that jolla will catch up as well coz of the same reason, it can run android apps and Qt apps are plenty (symbian apps and meego apps are more than 100,000!)

posted on 21 May 2013, 01:33

58. dan86 (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)


Very nice looks and the android app support is great step to sail in smartphone game.

posted on 20 May 2013, 05:47 8

17. tadaa (Posts: 267; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)


Cool right? I remember when i was waiting for a low-cost wp8 phone and they announced the 620 on my birthday

posted on 20 May 2013, 06:18 10

21. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Happy Jolla Birthday!

posted on 20 May 2013, 06:50 3

28. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)


Dude,you are awfully punny.

posted on 20 May 2013, 07:01 10

35. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


So......wishing people happy birthday is punny?

So...... I can't wish people happy jolla birthday?

Dude, you have a buttload of nonsense, or I mean no sense at all.

posted on 20 May 2013, 06:22 2

22. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4003; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Happy Birthday mate! Cheers!

posted on 20 May 2013, 06:39 5

24. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Happy Birthday eisenbricher™

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posted on 20 May 2013, 07:00 4

34. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


lol Troll are you thumbing down the dudes above??

posted on 20 May 2013, 07:41 3

37. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Is that coming from you eisenbricher?

Why would i thumb down those, that's off key, and low class! Who ever it was, is a sick person thumbing you down on you're birthday™

posted on 20 May 2013, 08:10 1

41. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Sorry man didn't mean that way...
PS: I didn't thumb you down

posted on 20 May 2013, 10:22 2

50. jackhammer91 (Posts: 21; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


happy birthday!!

posted on 20 May 2013, 06:42

27. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Surely it is!

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posted on 20 May 2013, 08:41 5

46. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)


Another beautiful handset with beautiful OS!

posted on 20 May 2013, 11:03 6

52. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


it's calles sexy phone with sexy OS. great job jolla team, many best of lucks to your future.......!!!

posted on 20 May 2013, 05:14 11

2. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


This OS actually looks half decent unlike Mozilla Firefox which just looks plain dull and rubbish. jolly have actually listened to today's market and created a quite brilliant gesture based UI by the looks of it!

posted on 20 May 2013, 05:15

3. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


Dont what it is about green phones but they just look wrong. Picture 6 where the phone is mint-choc-chip green, looks vile. My younger bro had the samsung galaxy P (galaxy spica) in white but had option of a green backcover and that looked wrong on a phone too.

On another note, this phone seems abit pricey for mid range specs. Unless they have some very sophisticated/UI software on it, i cant see them even making a dent on Apple or Android

posted on 20 May 2013, 06:52

30. picka_vi_materina (Posts: 174; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Check out the UI on youtube. There are lots of videos. As for the color green, it depends on choice. I like all my devices black, personally.

posted on 20 May 2013, 05:21 9

4. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


hory sh!t its like they slapped two phones :D

posted on 20 May 2013, 10:54

51. noim1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 15 May 2012)


The design Stinks lik a Skunk !!!

posted on 20 May 2013, 05:21 17

5. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1178; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


JOLLA TAKE MY MONEY

WALLET PLEASE DON'T CRY

posted on 20 May 2013, 05:21 8

6. rahulz (Posts: 117; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


Wow.. I'm impressed...
hope sailfish os will be a lag free OS with impressive features like multitasking,innovative ui, and other cool features..
by the way very nice design
best of luck jolla..

posted on 20 May 2013, 06:51 5

29. picka_vi_materina (Posts: 174; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


It is already running lag free on Nokia N9 which is an OMAP3630 device with single core and an old GPU ;)

posted on 21 May 2013, 04:31

59. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1178; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


so will it be possible to get it running on my currently awesome N9 untill i can afford one ?

posted on 20 May 2013, 05:21 2

7. jamil_m7 (Posts: 15; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


looks bad I just hate the design :/

posted on 20 May 2013, 06:52 8

31. picka_vi_materina (Posts: 174; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


But I am sure you love the "new" S4 design!

posted on 22 May 2013, 06:05

61. jamil_m7 (Posts: 15; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


i liked the s3 design and the s4 came up just like it so good enough.
and what i care about is the new octa-core proccessor lol.

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