The world’s first smartphone to use the Sailfish operating system will be released on November 27, when the device will arrive on the DNA network in Finland. It’ll launch at an invite-only party held by Jolla, where 450 phones will be available to buy, but only by those who were among the first to pre-order the device earlier this year.
Jolla will be sending out invitations to the lucky few soon, but those who can’t attend won’t be left without a phone, as they’ll be able to pay up and get the device delivered to their homes. After the first and second wave of pre-orders have been filled, Jolla says it will put the device up for sale on its own website.
In case you’ve not heard of Jolla, it’s a new company formed by ex-Nokia engineers and staff, who have taken the old MeeGo OS and given it a complete makeover, coming up with Sailfish. The phone itself has a 4.5-inch display with a relatively basic 960 x 540 pixel resolution, and is powered by a dual-core Snapdragon processor. There’s an 8-megapixel camera, and 4G LTE connectivity.
Jolla’s phone is one of several to feature a new mobile OS this year, as we’ve also seen phones using Mozilla’s Firefox OS, along with Ubuntu Mobile’s debut. We’re still expecting the release of Tizen, a joint Samsung/Intel project. Will Jolla’s phone be a success? Only time will tell, but at the moment it’s only destined for the hands of those who pre-booked the phone back in May.