Jolla, a startup based out of Finland, comprising of ex employees of Nokia working on MeeGo OS, have launched their first Sailfish OS based smartphone in India exclusively through Snapdeal. Taking its cues from MeeGo operating system, it functions entirely through gestures and there are no onscreen buttons. It takes a very fresh approach towards the user experience and also supports Android apps. Read on to find out the specifications, features and our detailed hands on video review of the device from the launch event.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.4 GHz Dual core processor
- 1 GB RAM
- Adreno 305 GPU
- 4.5 inch IPS LCD display with 540×960 resolution (245 pixel density) with Gorilla Glass 2
- 16 GB Internal memory with MicroSD card expansion slot
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
- 8 MP primary camera with AF & LED flash, 1080p Video recording
- 2 MP secondary camera
- Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity Sensor
- Sailfish OS (with Android app compatibility)
- 2100 mAh Li-Ion removable battery unit
The smartphone comes with an screen design which means there are no buttons on the device. It also functions via gestures and shortcuts like Swipe, Peek and Pull. The company also focuses on the fact that they ship the smartphone with zero bloatware (which is a nice plus!). Also, Sailfish OS comes with native support to run Android apps without direct access to Google Play Store. It relies on Aptoide, Yandex and Amazon App Store for this purpose. Another highlighted feature of the device comes in the form of replaceable back covers called “The Other Half” which essentially changes the look and sound profile of the device.
After sales support, which is a major concern for any new smartphone maker’s target audience is handled by HCL Touch in 7 cities.
Hands On Video Review
Here’s a detailed hands on video review of the Jolla smartphone with Sailfish OS from the launch event. Hardware and UI are discussed in detail along with other features.
Pricing and Availability
Jolla smartphone is available for Rs. 16,499 exclusively through Snapdeal in Black color option only.
While providing a mid range specification set at a price of Rs. 16,000, the Jolla smartphone offers a revamped UI and OS experience. It may not ravel iOS and Android in terms of App ecosystem but it takes a fresh take on the mobile OS. Much like Windows Phone, it offers a fluid and lag free experience. But if we consider Android smartphones at this price range, they offer very powerful performance and exclusive feature set. Lets see how Sailfish OS catches up in India. Stay tuned for a full review.