The world’s first smartphone running the brand new Sailfish OS software has been released. The Jolla phone was announced late last year, and put up for pre-order in the summer, and now it has been put on sale at a well-publicized launch party held in Finland.
Jolla is a Finnish firm, partially created by ex-Nokia staff, and the Sailfish software has been built up from the discontinued MeeGo operating system. Sailfish is one of a few new smartphone operating systems released and announced this year, and Jolla is one of the few truly independent smartphone manufacturers out there.
It has partnered up with the DNA network in Finland, and the pair has launched the phone at a special event held in Helsinki. A total of 450 smartphones were on sale in the evening, and available to those who pre-ordered the device. Jolla tweeted several pictures from the event, showing new owners enjoying their phones.
The phone has a 4.5-inch touchscreen with a 960×540 pixel resolution, and is powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz processor. Sailfish OS has a considerable benefit over the competition, as it also runs Android apps, which will be supplied through the Yandex app store.
Priced at 400 euros, or around £340, anyone who pre-ordered the phone and didn’t attend the event is now receiving emails giving them the chance to finalize their purchase. Provided this is complete before 2 December, the phone will be delivered before Christmas. Jolla has said that once pre-orders have been completed, the phone will be put up for sale on its website.
To celebrate its launch, Jolla has released a new video showing off the Sailfish OS, and you can take a look at it below.