Jolly has unveiled a new smartphone that no one would want to buy.
Jolla was founded way back in 2013 by former Nokia engineers who got together and built the company. It prides itself with its own Sailfish OS, which is basically a continuation of the defunct MeeGo OS by Nokia.
The Jolla C is the company’s second smartphone, and it’s offering it as a limited edition device in its Sailfish Community Device Program. It’s a community of both fans and developers who want to advocate and contribute in the Sailfish OS platform. The handset is of limited quantity at only 1,000, and it’s been sold out on the first day.
In its home country Finland, the Jolla C is priced at €169 (Php8,800) including VAT. The weird thing about it is that it doesn’t come with any warranty, so the buyers are on their own if anything happens on their device.
As for the specifications, we’re talking about a 5-inch 720p screen, 1.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 chipset, 2GB RAM and 16GB of storage. Other features include an 8-megapixel rear shooter and a 2500mAh battery. It’s running on the latest Sailfish OS 2.0.
Jolla C is a pretty basic smartphone and its only salvation is Sailfish OS’s ability to run Android apps. But even that’s no guarantee as it’s likely to be a hit and miss.
This handset isn’t good as a main phone, as consumers are better off buying a decent entry-level Android device.
Jolla turned to crowdfunding two years ago but it failed to deliver its promised Jolla tablet. The company cancelled the whole project, but it promises full refunds if its financial situation allows.
How long will Jolla continue to develop Sailfish OS? We don’t know, and we probably don’t care at this point. It’s game over.