First Jolla phone comes with Android app support, is available for pre-order

by: Chris SmithMay 20, 2013


Details about the first Jolla (Sailfish OS) mobile phone in the world have hit the web revealing that the handset is available for pre-order and that it would support Android apps.

The phone will apparently be called the “Jolla” and, according to available information, it will pack a 4.5-inch Estrade display with “HD” resolution (supposedly 720p), unspecified dual-core processor, 16GB of storage, microSD support, 8-megapixel camera with auto-focus and 4G LTE and a user-replaceable battery.

Interestingly, the device comes with various color case options (“The Other Half”) and matches the theme of the handset accordingly, allowing you to set up “your other half, exactly as you want it to be.”

While the Jolla would run the “gesture-based” Sailfish OS, it looks like the handset will be able to also run Android apps. That doesn’t mean that Jolla buyers would immediately be able to install apps from the Google Play Store, as the Android app support is not clearly detailed.

In case Sailfish OS doesn’t ring any bells, you’ll have to know that we’re looking at a mobile operating system based on that old “MeeGo” platform that was unveiled only just over three years ago at MWC 2010 by Intel and Nokia. The Linux-based OS, a result of the merger between Nokia’s Maemo and Intel’s Moblin platforms, was soon ditched by both companies. Nokia focused on Windows Phone while Intel formed a partnership with Samsung to develop Tizen, also a Linux-based mobile platform.

The Jolla will cost €399 and is expected to ship by the end of the year, although actual launch dates are not available at this time.

Interested buyers can pre-order the device for €100 and once they do that they’ll get a voucher of €100 that will be deducted from the phone’s price “at the time of purchase,” an exclusive “Other Half” case that will ship at some point near the Jolla phone’s launch and a Jolla t-shirt. For €40, buyers will also get to pre-order a limited edition Jolla phone and a t-shirt. In case you don’t want to pay anything upfront, you can still pre-order the handset to be among the “very first ones to obtain a genuine Jolla.”

  • can any one explain me whats an “Estrade display” ? :) and what will be the battery capacity? hope atleast 2000mAh

    • K.

      I just looked at their website and they don’t give the size of the battery. They only say that it is removable.
      The phone looks very nice. I never hear of this company before. I looked them up on wikipedia and it says that the company was formed by people from Nokia’s N9 team.

    • MasterMuffin

      The spec list is pretty short, Jolla will probably update us soon

  • This looks like it might be everything that windows phone was supposed to be but isn’t :)

    • codelander

      microsoft, please buy this OS and make it WP9.

      wp8 will lose support by july 2014 anyway..

      • I’m afraid to think what WP 9 might be. 8 just about killed Nokia.

  • MasterMuffin

    I have to comment this: GO FINLAND! And this seems like the best new Os that has come in 2013.Tizen? Meh. BB10? Meeeh. Ubuntu? Okay. Sailfish Os seems really nice!

  • Ruzveh

    building an OS is not a child’s play neither it’s some Toy. It is not an easy thing to develop overnight with the perfection. I would reserve my comments until i see the phone myself :)

  • nishantsirohi123

    Perhaps these guys should work with the firefox OS guys.
    or maybe form sort of an alliance outside the regular iOS, android, BB10 and WP.
    create a sort of universal app store, that just might be the best option