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Jolla to unveil first smartphone in May, buyers will be able to choose design

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 16 Apr 2013 10:28

Jolla to unveil first smartphone in May, buyers will be able to choose design

Jolla, the Finnish mobile developer, appears to be ready to unveil their first smartphone in early May.
The company, which was started by the directors of the Nokia N9 project (now ex-Nokia employees), have been working on a new OS as a successor to the discontinued MeeGo project since 2011.

Chairman Antti Saarnio confirmed the company's official announcement on the phone will be made in early May, with pre-orders to kick off later in May. The company will use the pre-order funding to manufacture the devices. They'll be using a Finnish Kickstarter-like funding platform that was not specified.

Perhaps most notably, customers will be allowed to choose how their device looks like. Each will have a different pricing scheme that will be revealed in May.

"We want Jolla to be a movement. We want Jolla fans to able to contribute in earlier stages. They'll be the ones who make sure that the phone will be available and they'll get it first," added Saarnio to Digitoday.fi.



Antti Saarnio does not have any updates on when the first devices will land on our hands.

Finally, Jolla promises all pre-orders something special: "We want to offer people pre-ordering something unique, eg. user interface related." Should be interesting.

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