Jolla smartphone headed to India

Jolla smartphone powered by SailfishJolla, the Finnish smartphone company behind the Sailfish mobile operating system, will soon be taking its first steps beyond Europe. The company announced Friday that it has signed an exclusive deal with, India’s largest e-commerce marketplace, to enter the Indian market with its Jolla smartphone.

“India is the rising smartphone market of the world and we look forward to welcoming many new Jolla fans across the country. Since late 2011 when we established the company Jolla, we have received a tremendous amount of interest from India to enter this great market. In particular we have found it very encouraging how much there is interest and trust for mobile heritage coming from Finland, and what kind of development opportunities there are to start to develop e.g. local applications for India. We are super excited to be partnering with the market leader Snapdeal, who has extensive reach in the booming online commerce market of India. Through this position, we are confident to reach those interested in a true alternative to the mainstream players.”

Here is a reminder of the Jolla smartphone’s specifications:

  • Processor: 1.4GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon
  • Operating system: Sailfish OS
  • Cellular connectivity: LTE/HSPA/GSM
  • Display: 4.5-inch qHD (540×960) Jolla Estrade
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Internal storage: 16GB
  • External storage: microSD cards
  • Rear-facing camera: 8MP AF with LED flash
  • Front-facing camera: 2MP
  • Battery: 2,100mAh
  • Dimensions: 131 × 68 × 9.9 millimeters
  • Weight: 141 grams
  • Other: Expandability with changeable The Other Half smartcovers

On the app side, the Jolla smartphone is able to run Android apps. It supports the Russian Yandex Store app which offers some 85,000 Android apps.

The Jolla smartphone first launched in Finland in November 2013. Powered by the open source Sailfish OS which is based on Meego, the company includes many former Nokia employees (and may be joined by a few more with Microsoft cutting 12,500 more).

Pricing for the Jolla smartphone and specific availability was not announced but it will launch “within a month.” In Europe, it sells for €349 (about CA$510).

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