Posted by David Court 21 May 2013
New Jolla Smartphone: What you need to know
The first thing you should probably know about Jolla is that it was a company formed by ex-Nokia employees who were working on the now abandoned MeeGo project - MeeGo was the name of the Nokia and Intel joint venture to create an OS to rival Apple iOS and Google Android.
What is Jolla?
Jolla is the name of the smartphone and company that has been created. The smartphone itself will run a custom OS called Sailfish. The interesting thing about the Jolla phone is that it will be compatible with Google Android apps. Which offers hope to the plucky lifeline as the success very much breaks down to the quality of its app store. Needless to say the Google Android app store is very strong.
What are the Jolla smartphone's specs?
- 4.5” Estrade display
- Dual core processor
- 4G connectivity
- 16GB internal storage
- microSD compatible
- 8MP AF camera
- User-replaceable battery (no capacity has been announced)
- The Other Half
- Gesture based Sailfish OS
- Android™ applications compliant
- 3.5 mm headphone jack
- Button-less display, gesture navigation
- Device in English language version
When is the Jolla's release date and price?
Jolla is stating on it's website in no uncertain terms that the smartphone will launch in Europe first, hopefully by late 2013 and that it will cost €399 (£339). With special discounts offered to those who pre-order.
What do they mean by The Other Half?
If you've heard about The Other Half, but do not quite understand it, our advice it not to worry too much as it's much ado about nothing really. Essentially it's a physical feature that lets you change the back cover of your Jolla smartphone, so you can have more freedom over the phone's colour. The Jolla's screen colour scheme will then match the colour of your phone's back cover.