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Jolla's Sailfish OS-based phone going on sale on November 27 in Finland for €399 ($540)

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Jolla's Sailfish OS-based phone going on sale on November 27 in Finland for €399 ($540)

Ever since it got a head-start, courtesy of its ex-employer Nokia, Jolla has been working hard to bring to market their vision of what the smartphone experience should be like. After a year or so of struggle, Jolla has finally closed-in on the finish line, as the first Sailfish OS-based phone appears to have entered mass-production.

Should you decide to snatch one up, then you should circle November 27, as that's the date of the release that Jolla has given in an official tweet. There is some fine print, however. For starters, it'll only be available unlocked for €399 (about $540) on or off contract from Finnish carrier DNA. If you were an early-backer, meaning that you ponied up a down payment during one of the two pre-order phases, then you can rest assured knowing that Jolla has vowed to prioritize the orders of its supporters.

Jolla's phone may come off as kind of expensive, considering that it's powered by a 1.4GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 and has a 960x540 Gorilla Glass 2-protected display, but considering its deep-rooted ties with MeeGo OS, it's probably safe to say that it won't lack a fan base. The rest of the currently known specs include an 8-megapixel AutoFocus rear shooter with LED flash, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage, along with 4G LTE connectivity. The Jolla phone tips the scales at 141g and measures 131x68x9.9mm. Another essential part of the package is the fact that the smartphone comes with a whopping choice of 9 different colors, thanks to the fact that the rear shell ('The Other Half') can be easily swapped.

Perhaps most important of all, Android apps are Sailfish-compatible, which is great news.

Got a lingering question? The Jolla team has been pretty active on their Twitter handle, so have at it!

source: Twitter via GSMArena, Jolla

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posted on 15 Nov 2013, 03:59

1. karim77 (Posts: 70; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)

This big boy is really bulky !!!!

posted on 15 Nov 2013, 05:03 6

3. mishooo111 (Posts: 30; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)

its like two phones glued together

posted on 15 Nov 2013, 04:52

2. LiyanaBG (Posts: 381; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)

good luck to theme

posted on 15 Nov 2013, 06:49 1

4. solomonsteve (Posts: 76; Member since: 19 Dec 2012)

Again, wrong pricing

posted on 15 Nov 2013, 06:59 4

5. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1236; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

come to papa also just saying but Jolla said there's is a possibility that the other half could give us a qwerty keyboard ! or a game controller it's the Jolla vision :p !

posted on 15 Nov 2013, 15:36 1

6. tasior (Posts: 265; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)

The other half concept is very interesting one.
It's like with third party software. Everybody allows it in their systems, so that other programmers can add things, system creators didn't think about.
The idea of the other half is to bring this freedom to the hardware world. So that third party producers can extend hardware capabilities in a way, the phone makers didn't think about.
That way, we can hope, that we will be able to buy second half with full qwerty keyboard, or e.g. with meteorologic instruments, or better camera module, or loudspeakers. That way sky is the limit.

The only problem is that nobody will invest in 'the other half', if the platform is not successful. So if many people will buy it, it can be the best smartphone ever made, one day. Till then, all the phone represents is just a refreshing view at user interface...

posted on 15 Nov 2013, 19:39

10. ncarlosmiguel (Posts: 206; Member since: 14 May 2013)

You mean it is really like two phones slapped together?

posted on 15 Nov 2013, 16:45

7. GeekMovement (unregistered)

Looks amazing, loving the elegant simple UI design. Look at that dialer!

posted on 15 Nov 2013, 19:13

9. GeekMovement (unregistered)

The only thing that I'm not too sure of is the design of the icons... a bit bland and not attractive, but it would be nice to see it in person first.

posted on 15 Nov 2013, 18:44

8. xoxoGeorges (Posts: 209; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)

The phone looks incredible but nobody will buy an uncertain-future OS phone at that price...

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 19:22

11. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1236; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

the whole of the maemo community and N9 users will !

also alot of people bought the n9 knowing it had no future !

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