After a long drawn wait, Jolla smartphones running the Sailfish OS have landed in India today. Jolla, a Finland based company was mainly set up by the designers and engineers of the ex product team from Nokia post some pretty public disagreements with the then CEO, Stephen Elop. The smartphone was launched almost an year ago in the US and has made way to India as an exclusive product from Snapdeal, an e-com site in India.
The smartphone will be exclusively available online and there are no plans to bring it offline just yet. It is priced at about Rs 16,499 which may seem pretty steep for a newcomer into an already extremely populated segment in India. With pretty mediocre specifications and an absolutely brand new ecosystem, we must admit that the pricing has surprised us.
The Jolla Smartphone has a 4.5 inch qHD IPS display on the front. The rear camera on the device is an 8 MP AF unit with a single LED flash. You do have a 2 MP front facing camera for all the selfies and Skype calls. There is 1 GB of RAM on board and 16 GB storage with a micro SD slot included. The phone is not the lightest feather out there and weighs 141 grams, but by all accounts it is one of those sturdy plastic or polycarbonate devices that is built well enough. The phone will run Sailfish OS which will receive frequent OTA updates and promises to run both, the native Sailfish apps as well as Android apps so that is one issue out of the way. The phone does not come with any bloatware apps out of the box so you can personalize your phone truly as per your liking.
The phone does come with replaceable back panels, and although it is listed on Snapdeal with three such panels, we are not entirely sure how many of these will eventually make their way to India.