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