Sailfish OS for Sony Xperia X officially launched, but you'll have to pay for it

Sailfish OS did not have too much success in the smartphone industry. After a few failed partnerships with Intex, Fairphone, and TRI, the Finnish company is now trying a different approach.

Apparently, Sony Mobile allowed Jolla, the company behind Sailfish OS to optimize the platform for its Xperia X smartphones. Today, Jolla announced that its new Sailfish X operating system for Sony Xperia X has gone gold and will soon be available for purchase.

Yes, you read that right. Jolla will sell the Sailfish X to everyone who wants to install it on the Sony Xperia X. The image that you can flash on the smartphone costs €49.90 (including VAT) and will be available starting October 11.

However, sales for the product will open on September 27 in Europe, but Jolla might offer the new Sailfish X in North America (Canada and United States) as well. 

Unfortunately, not all features will be officially supported in the first software release, which means you can expect some issues with Bluetooth, new sensors (barometer, step counter, etc.), fingerprint sensor, and FM Radio.

An installation tool will be provided at some point to those who purchase the Sailfish X, but in the beginning, a Linux PC will be necessary to install the OS on the Sony Xperia X. Keep in mind that the Sailfish X operating system will only work on unlocked Xperia X (single SIM) devices.

source: Jolla

Related phones

Xperia X
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP / 13 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 650, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2620 mAh(14h 3G talk time)



1. Cat97

Posts: 1979; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

So you pay 50 EUR for "issues with Bluetooth, new sensors (barometer, step counter, etc.), fingerprint sensor, and FM Radio" ? I'm all for OS diversity, but shouldn't these issues be solved in a free public beta ?

3. Furbal unregistered

Yeah they are out of their damn mind

6. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 930; Member since: May 07, 2014

What a joke.. They don't want to succeed...

7. Bernoulli

Posts: 4362; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

which means you can expect some issues You didn't quote it properly. It's a possibility so it's not a fact, like you made it sound.

12. bohdan4ik13 unregistered

From the Jolla site: The features that are not supported in the first release are: Bluetooth, new sensors (e.g. barometer, step counter), fingerprint, and FM-radio. So, not working yet

14. Bernoulli

Posts: 4362; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Link please? In case you're also misinterpreting

8. hemedans

Posts: 761; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

people will pay that amount for their privacy.

10. Greenmule

Posts: 130; Member since: Apr 24, 2017

Yes, yes and yes, ISP, browser and email, I'd happily pay for one that doesn't track me as opposed to a free one that does. No free lunches; never in human history. One way or the other, you are paying Yes, I'll pay them to help with debugging if that expedites the process...provided that I am not being spied upon.

11. gingerboy92

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

You'd also be paying to use a superior operating that can run much less apps than your current operating system.

2. Cyberchum

Posts: 1111; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

From the little I saw of Sailfish OS, I loved it. But Jolla should go take a nap with this approach. €49.90 for a beta release, and a Linux PC to install. What a joke!

4. checkmymike

Posts: 221; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

Is today april fools day?

5. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Lol no! I'd rather flash WP than this one.

9. Pabliell

Posts: 187; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

It's like paying a full price for a early access game on steam. Literally worst deal ever.

13. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

WTF ? Paying money for the buggy version :| haha big joke of the year!

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