Ex-Nokia employees launch Jolla smartphone

The Finnish engineers give us an insight to what could have been at Nokia with this limited launch of the new smartphone running the open source Sailfish OS

This week saw the launch of a new smartphone player on the market in the shape of Finnish firm Jolla.

The company, set up by former employees of the country’s biggest mobile company, Nokia, has been working for two years to develop the handset with the open-source Sailfish operating system (OS) at its core.

Formerly known as MeeGo, the OS was developed by Nokia but dropped in 2011 when the company embarked on its partnership with Microsoft. It then sold its devices business to the US firm for $7.2bn in September this year.

Now it is being brought back to life, albeit through a small operation. Jolla has more than 90 employees based across Finland and Hong Kong and the first manufacturing run of its new handset is only producing 450 of the devices.

The Jolla smartphone will initially only be available in Finland. However, the firm has promised to expand across Europe in the coming months and has already received pre-orders from 136 countries.

The handset will be 4G compatible and have changeable covers, a 4.5in screen with 540x960-pixel resolution and an 8MP camera, and it will run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset and dual-core 1.4GHz Krait 200 processor.  

Jolla's website has a video showcasing the device.

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