First unveiled in May, Jolla—the first smartphone to run on Sailfish OS—has arrived on Finnish carrier DNA this week. The question on one everyone’s mind is if whether or not this new Sailfish OS can successfully compete with the likes of iOS and Android. Only time will tell.
A few hundred handsets have already been pre-ordered by early adopters, which make us wonder exactly what features make the Jolla smartphone and its Sailfish OS appealing. For starters, this platform (a fork of the Meego OS that was abandoned by Nokia in 2011) is capable of running Android apps. This is especially important for startup companies, as we all know users tend to flock on platforms with a vast array of apps to offer.
Unlike the iPhone, the Jolly is quite flexible and showcases a detachable back that can be replaced with gamepads, battery packs, and what have you.
Specs-wise, the Jolla smartphone comes packing a 4.5-inch IPS LCD with qHD (540×960) resolution, as well as 5-point multi-touch and Gorilla 2 glass for added scratch protection. Innards include a 1.4GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB internal storage.
No official word for an international release is available.