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Jolla tries its luck in India, launches its first smartphone there tomorrow

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Jolla tries its luck in India, launches its first smartphone there tomorrow
Remember Jolla’s first (and only - for now) smartphone? The device was released in Europe in late 2013, and Jolla is now getting ready to launch it in the world’s second-largest mobile market: India.

The Jolla phone will be available in India starting tomorrow, September 23, exclusively via Snapdeal - one of the country’s largest online retailers. It’s not clear how much the handset will cost. However, we must mention that its European price is of around $450 - that’s quite a lot of money for the specs the device is packing.

The Jolla smartphone runs Sailfish OS, featuring: a 4.5-inch IPS display with 540 x 960 pixels, 8 MP rear camera, 2 MP front-facing camera, dual-core 1.4 GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of expandable internal memory, and a 2100 mAh battery. For more, check out our Jolla smartphone review

While the Jolla phone does look good, and Sailfish OS is different from the other mobile platforms out there, these things may not be enough to convince customers to buy the device, at least not when a high price is involved. Earlier this month, Google and its Indian hardware partners released the first Android One smartphones - which offer specs comparable to those of Jolla’s phone for around $110. So unless Jolla prices its handset wisely, it’s going to have a hard time selling too many units in India.

Last month, Jolla CEO said that he was seeing Sailfish OS as the world’s “third mobile operating system” - ignoring the fact that, sales-wise, Microsoft’s Windows Phone is undoubtedly the third mobile platform (obviously behind Android and iOS).


source: Snapdeal via Twitter

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  • Display 4.5 inches 960 x 540 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera) 2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh
  • OS Sailfish
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