The Intex Aqua Fish has swum its way into India, making history as the first officially licensed Sailfish OS handset in the world. Finnish firm Jolla has kept its software in-house ever since its debut, but has decided to join hands with the Indian manufacturer to introduce it to a wider audience.
The highlight of the new Intex Aqua Fish is the fact that it runs on Sailfish OS 2.0, with the brand touting that it offers a smoother and faster UI. While the open-source software is based on Linux’s MeeGo operating system, it does support Android apps. However, you won’t be able to access the Google Play Store, relying on third-party platforms like Aptoide and Appstor instead.
Sailfish’s interface offers a button-free UI which is primarily based on gestures. Owners of the Aqua Fish will have to swipe to return to the home screen, close an app and view notifications. Jolla asserts that the phone’s open-source nature means that companies can come up with region-specific skins and e-commerce focused Super Apps which can be accessed by swiping left or right from the multitasking page.
Check out the specifications of the Intex Aqua Fish at a glance:
– Display: 5-inch IPS, 720 x 1280 pixels
– OS: Sailfish OS 2.0
– CPU: 1.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon MSM8909
– Memory: 16GB, expandable up to 32GB
– RAM: 2GB
– Battery: 2500mAh
– Camera: 8MP rear, 2MP front
– Weight: 150g
– Size: 142.4 x 72 x 9.6mm
– Connectivity: dual-SIM, 4G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, microUSB 2.0, A-GPS, GLONASS
The Intex Aqua Fish comes pre-loaded with apps like Gaana for Indian audiences. The device is currently available via eBay India priced at Rs 5499. Early buyers will get a Bluetooth headset for free. Its set to hit Amazon, Flipkart and Snapdeal in the weeks ahead.