Jolla may be a completely new name in the handset business, but doesn't mean the team behind the brand is inexperienced. Jolla's first big-ticket phone is running the Sailfish OS, a successor to the Meego Open platform.
The phone, Jolla, isn't particularly a breakthrough in terms of hardware, though, the company is banking upon the right mobile operating system (OS) which others have failed to do so.
Specs-wise, the Jolla smartphone has a 4.5-inh display with a resolution of 960 x 540-pixels. It is powered by a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, coupled with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of native storage, which can be later expanded up to 64GB.
In the imaging department, it has an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with Auto Focus and LED Flash. The phone's rear camera is also capable of recording Full 1080p videos. There's a front shooter as well.
Connectivity options on the handset are as follows: 4G LTE/ 3G/2G, Wi-Fi, A-GPS+GLONASS and Bluetooth v 4.0. The makers have added a large 2,100mAh battery fitted inside.
A startup like Jolla needs to price its device right in a competitive market like India. Internationally, the Jolla smartphone seems to have got mixed reviews from the mainstream media. Jolla's first phone is certainly going to face tough competition from the likes of Gionee, Huawei, Sony and Motorola, among others.
Below are the top 5 facts you need to know about the Jolla smartphone. Stay tuned to GizBot for more updates!
The Jolla Smartphone is different from other handsets in the same league. Even though the device is made out of plastic - minimalistic design will appeal many. It looks almost two phones joined together. The front half is made out of aluminum, while the second half is actually the rear-back cover and is made out of plastic.
The device runs on the Sailfish OS. Basically the Sailfish OS is a revamped version of the original MeeGo software. While the new software does share some commonalities to MeeGo OS, it's overall functions, however, are completely different. For starters, there are no navigation buttons, so you are dependent on different kinds of gestures. The UI is fairly simple, modern and appealing.
These days the survival of an operating system is primarily dependent on app support from developers. In this case, Jolla's very own store currently offers around 70 applications. At the same time, the Sailfish OS also provides support for installing thousands of Android apps. Google Play is not currently supported by the Jolla smartphone, so you won't have official access to download official Android apps.
The Jolla smartphone has LTE support which means that you can download multimedia content at a much faster rate. There are a handful of handsets in the mid-range segment that supports LTE connectivity. So keeping this factor in mind, the Jolla smartphone could be a game changer.
The Jolla smartphone will be sold exclusively by Snapdeal.com. The device is expected to go on sale on Sept 23. As far as the cost of phone is concerned, it is expected to be priced around Rs. 30,000.