Specs for Jolla, the first Sailfish OS smartphone, are now official
Jolla, the company behind the Linux-based Sailfish OS, has finally released the official specs of its first smartphone, and this time around it's a bit more specific. Based in Finland, Jolla's ambitious have received a serious bump ever since local Nokia's handset business changed hands, leaving a vacuum of local fans behind.
The Jolla smartphone is definitely one those 'alternative' projects that we're secretly rooting for, and we can't wait to see if the Sailfish OS will manage to cause ripples in the established state of affairs. If it does, however, it certainly won't be because of impressive hardware or a low price point. Rather, the company has decided to narrow it down to a great experience, and really stylish hardware -- while the internals themselves are the Jolla smartphone is a looker.
So, specs. As we said, Jolla has no intention of getting into the hardware wars currently raging in the high-end tier. Instead, the specs include a far more conservative dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon clocked at 1.4GHz, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of microSD-expandable storage. Along comes a rear 8MP Auto-Focus camera with an LED flash, and a 2MP snapper taking the front. The handset is powered by the aforementioned Sailfish OS, which Jolla promises will feature compatibility with Android apps, and a 2100mAh user-replaceable cell. Last, but not least, the display is a rather underwhelming 4.5-inch qHD panel, meaning a resolution of 960x540, so it's pretty fair to say it represents possibly the weakest link in Jolla's specs list.
The Sailfish-touting smartphone is expect to hit the market by the end of 2013 with a price tag of €399, or about $540.
The Jolla smartphone
17. iDroid8 (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)
If you think of it, it's almost the same specs as the iPhone, but at a much lower price.
Just an overclocked processor, lower ppi and bigger battery. Plus they claim the os runs smooth with these specs, so what's the problem?
2. uchihakurtz (Posts: 276; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
If it was 720p, it would've been a little reasonable, but qHD?
5. Yes-Sir (banned) (Posts: 58; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)
Ubuntu Edge looks and has way much better specs!
What is this, 2011 specs...
Please go back to your drawing board!
Linux needs a lot of power and resources!
It should've had the specs what LG G2 has!
6. jellmoo (Posts: 704; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
Ubuntu Edge isn't a real product. It doesn't exist, and likely never will with the crowdfunding campaign having not been successful. It was a veritable wishlist of specs, and hardly something to compare devices to.
Also, Linux most certainly does not need a lot of power and resources. I have no idea where that comes from. It is entirely modular, and can take advantage of a bevy of resources, or be made incredibly light and run on old hardware.
The specs as written are fine. The only *real* disappointment is the low res screen.
7. xtroid2k (Posts: 460; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)
I think this phone looks great along with a sexy looking OS. Specs wise I don't care: its a breath of fresh air in the smartphone game. Build quality looks great. Many color choices. Sometimes looking at the bigger picture is what counts. They are not trying to compete in the high end. I think the goal is to capture the low end market: maybe in the us and emerging countries then depending on success the high end will come.
13. McLTE (Posts: 714; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
if it's for low end, then they missed the mark at that price point. A little high for what we are getting.
I hope it does well though.
For me, looks decent, though I'm not decided about the whole "layered" look.. I can guarantee that anyone that picks it up is going to try and unfold it.. lol, with the way the back looks like 2 separate layers. The screen res?? That's very disappointing. 1280x800 is a min requirement!
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10. Knightmare64 (Posts: 29; Member since: 11 Sep 2013)
You only live once ‒ that's the motto ninja JOLLA.
15. Rehankhan (Posts: 323; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
no you live everyday but you only die once
11. Finest (Posts: 78; Member since: 16 Aug 2013)
Jolla vs Blackberry hmm they both have similarities
12. sprockkets (Posts: 1359; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
I'd buy it to be different. I was going to buy the N9 but with no clear future I didn't.
Ever see a Motorola Ming aka A1200? Nice phone for its time. Better than anything Moto had stateside. I'd like something like that again.
14. sicofante (Posts: 8; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)
What the hell is an "Estrade" screen? It's an LCD or an AMOLED? Why do they keep hiding this vital info?
I know many people hate AMOLEDs (don't know exactly why) but they are the appropriate ones for N9-like always on clock or notifications, so I hope it's an AMOLED and Sailfish provides the same feature.
BTW: Disappointing resolution anyway.
16. AKumar47 (Posts: 48; Member since: 11 Sep 2013)
nokia undercover, aged specs, this means that nokia really wanted to go for android long before...