Jolla opens pre-orders for its Sailfish OS smartphone today
Finnish company Jolla Mobile is launching its first smartphone. The company, founded by former Nokia employees, is picking up where Nokia left off when they decided to switch to the Windows phone OS and give up on their own linux based MeeGo.
The Sailfish OS appears to be very gesture centered and even promises "full Android app compatibility". With access to these apps, Jolla could avoid the lack of content problem most new operating systems face at launch. There is no mention on the Jolla website about Google play unfortunately, so downloading the apps may or may not be problematic.
The phone itself is made with changeable colored back-plates which can affect the phone's display. The OS shifts to match the color of the current "Other-Half" and can even launch pre-selected apps when attached.
Other features include a 4.5-inch display, a dual core processor, 16 GB internal memory, an 8 MP camera, a microSD card slot, and a removable battery.
Jolla can be pre-ordered for 399 euros (US$513). Incentives are also offered based on the size of the deposit given, including more back-plates and a 100 euro (US$128) voucher. Phones will ship to Europe first but are available globally. The company expects shipments to start by Q4 of this year and hopes to have all pre-orders filled by the end of 2013.