Finnish smartphone startup Jolla plan to enter Indian market with Sailfish OS device

Jolla, the Finnish smartphone maker born out of Nokia, is gearing up to introduce a Sailfish OS handset in India by next month. There’s no concrete price or release date for the smartphone as yet, but the company has disclosed that it will make the device available exclusively through Snapdeal.

Jolla which also happens to be the company’s name, is led by a team of employees who used to work for Nokia. The start-up announced its arrival in India through a recent tweet and also updated the official website to reflect the same. The smartphone first made its debut back in May of 2013, meaning it’s a pretty old device.

Jolla Smartphone

Nevertheless, it’s still an attractive option if you care deeply about looks as it features a clean design with a premium build. But the hardware is a bit disappointing as a few components are outdated when compared to current offerings in the market. Firstly, the phone packs a 4.5-inch display with qHD resolution only and a 1.4GHz Snapdragon S4 processor with two cores does the heavy lifting.

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Then there’s just 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot for memory expansion. The star of the show is of course, the Sailfish OS which offers complete gesture-based navigation and enhanced multitasking, along with ensuring that apps are just a swipe away. Now this platform isn’t based on Android, but like the new BB10 OS it can also run apps designed for Google’s mobile OS.

Jolla handset key specs at a glance:

– Sailfish OS
– 1.4GHz dual core Snapdragon processor
– 1GB RAM, 16GB storage, expandable
– 4.5-inch qHD display
– Bluetooth 4.0. HSPA+, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi
– 2100mAh battery
– 8MP rear camera, 2MP front snapper

The Jolla smartphone running on the Sailfish OS should have been an affordable one, but that’s not the case as it’s retailing for €349 in Europe and might sell for around Rs 28500 in India.