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Jolla smartphone now available across Europe

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 21 Dec 2013 14:27 User comments (4)

Jolla smartphone now available across Europe Finnish smartphone startup Jolla has launched its online store, making the Jolla smartphone available to all European customers after being available as a pre-order earlier this month.
The shop is open for EU customers as well as Switzerland and Norway, selling for 399 including VAT.

If you purchase via the new online shop, the expected shipping time is 2-4 weeks due to logistics issues, says Jolla.

The Jolla smartphone uses the Sailfish OS, which was created by former Nokia employees that had worked on the now defunct MeeGo operating system.

Featuring a 4.5-inch IPS LCD with 540 x 960 resolution (245 ppi), the device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, dual-core at 1.4 GHz, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage and dual 2MP/8MP cameras.

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4 user comments

121.12.2013 15:13

Not that I've ever used it, but MeeGo had a pretty decent reputation, from what I've read, so hopefully they can build on that with Sailfish. I'll wish all the best to ANY new player on the field; anything that keeps all of the other players light on their feet is a damn good thing, imo.

222.12.2013 8:23

Originally posted by Bozobub:
Not that I've ever used it, but MeeGo had a pretty decent reputation, from what I've read, so hopefully they can build on that with Sailfish. I'll wish all the best to ANY new player on the field; anything that keeps all of the other players light on their feet is a damn good thing, imo.

Yes, but I don't think that this one will sell very well, being exactly at the same price tag of the 32 GB Nexus 5.

Moving away from Symbian to MeeGo was a proven huge mistake for Nokia. I'd like to be wrong, but I don't think there's room for any else players in this game right now. Even in the lowest end market, you can find Android-based phones at ridiculously low prices.

"You know, it seems that quotes on the internet are becoming less and less reliable." -Abraham Lincoln.

322.12.2013 14:05

Originally posted by dali:
Moving away from Symbian to MeeGo was a proven huge mistake for Nokia. I'd like to be wrong, but I don't think there's room for any else players in this game right now. Even in the lowest end market, you can find Android-based phones at ridiculously low prices.
Nokia's mistake was precisely not moving from Symbian to MeeGo - they abandoned and declared it dead months before the one and only MeeGo device was released. MeeGo, combining the ability to maintain and craft their own ecosystem with Android compatibility would have been an infinitely better choice than the Windows strategy that, predictably, ended up killing Nokia. Of course, endless Nokia infighting had caused huge delays on the MeeGo project, and that's probably the ultimate reason for the company's downfall.

Anyway, I wish Jolla all the best. Mind you they're not aiming to be a mass product and do not need that many sales to be profitable. So far their goal of being a niche product for a certain relatively limited group seems to be working for them. Only future will tell how they do in the long run.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 22 Dec 2013 @ 14:07

424.12.2013 8:37

I still believe that Nokia should have focused on Symbian instead of moving to another OS in an effort to have an entire hardware & software ecosystem of their own like the iPhone. Remember, Symbian was once the most used mobile OS, supported by many other manufacturers until they decided to step out, precisely at the moment which it was beginning to look much more than just decent.


"You know, it seems that quotes on the internet are becoming less and less reliable." -Abraham Lincoln.

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