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

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

Related phones

  • Display 4.5" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(10h 3G talk time)



1. MichiGo

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

what to say.. Looks cool.. price... not so cool

2. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014


8. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Only thing good about it is design (hardware and software)

3. Arthurhkt

Posts: 725; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I use to be big fans of it, but since from day one i keep waiting until i lost my patience, and after trying to bit it from eBay from more than 10 times and lost it every time, i totally give up for it.

4. hemedans

Posts: 759; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

phonearena you really hate jolla when iphone has low specs you said they are enough for ios, when jolla has low specs it became bad and compare it with android one. this smartphone is unique, you can not get this kind of experience from anyone so let them enjoy premium price

14. timukh

Posts: 295; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

iPhone is already a premium phone with millions of admirers so it's high price is somewhat justified and they will sell millions even if they increase their prices to absurd amounts. But for jolla they are still unknown. Only folks who visit sites like PA or gsmarena knows about the phone. So giving it a high price tag wont be justified and it will fail miserably. This is not hate, just basic idea for Business 101.

16. Manti123

Posts: 207; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

100% agree

5. MichiGo

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

Xperia Z goes for $300 , LG Optimus Pro goes for $270 , Google Nexus 5 costs about $400 Galaxy SIII costs roughly $390 LG G2 goes for about $370. and they wanna sell this thing for $450... errrr

6. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

S400, epic fail Why not S600?

9. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

hopefully it will better than boring androi l

15. timukh

Posts: 295; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

S600 is discontinued long ago! How many phones have u seen in the past 1 year with that chip? S400 is the new S600!

7. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Jolla should sell this at US$100-$150. you cannot penetrate the market if you make this very expensive jolla. Get real.

13. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Agree. And maybe they should stick first in creating launchers. See if people will get acquainted with their system then if proven to be popular and profitable, that's the time they get into phone manufacturing.

10. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

$400 with this spec? RIP this company

11. iluvsonynokia

Posts: 161; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

sales will be around 5000/year if cost is high

12. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Mozilla OS and this operating system have no place in the market now, they simply don't have the ecosystem or resources to thrive at all.

17. rowdysheeter

Posts: 74; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

It seems the price in India is about 210 euros Check

19. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

I hope Jolla best of success. And hopefully a new model in near future.

20. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

Rs. 16,499 is the price I heard. Price looks fine.

21. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

It will die ASAP like Bada, Tizen, Mozilla, Ubuntu and BlackBerry OS.

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