Jolla is a firm that was formed by previous Nokia employees in Finland, shortly after Nokia announced it was going to kill its Meego operating system and fly with Windows Phone 7 instead. The upshot of these events is Jolla’s Sailfish OS.
Sailfish OS is based on Meego, but it can run Android apps, too, kind of like BB10. But just like BB10, it doesn’t actually have any access to the Play Store and it requires its own store for Android applications. Jolla has partnered with the Russian search engine company, Yandex, to access its Android app store with 85,000 apps. Nokia never really gave Meego a real chance, but the few people who actually liked Meego are going to like this OS for its flexibility. It is many of these ones that are probably in that first batch of 50,000 pre-orders for the Jolla phone.
The Jolla team does seem to have retained some design ideas from Nokia, as the phone itself doesn’t look too bad, although I don’t think people will be overly impressed with the specs for the price. The phone comes with a dual core 1.4 Ghz processor, a 4.5″ display with a 540×960 resolution, an 8MP rear camera, 2MP front-camera, 1 GB of RAM, and 16 GB storage, priced at 400 euro.
There maybe a number of reasons why the Jolla phone is priced in this bracket. The company might not have ordered the components at a good price, because they didn’t know if they were going to sell millions of handsets. They may have ordered them a while ago, when the components were more expensive, but they were too slow to bring the product to manufacturing, so now they are stuck with components that are more outdated but still cost the company lots of money.
The Jolla phone is now available for sale in Europe, and you can buy it straight from their website for €399.00.
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