It's been a long time coming, but Jolla announced today that it's first Sailfish OS smartphone will officially go on sale later this month. The company revealed this morning at the Slush conference that Finnish operator DNA will begin sales of the Jolla phone on Nov. 27 in Helsinki. According to TechCrunch, the first batch will consist of 450 devices and will be sold at a DNA pop-up shop for one evening, though Jolla plans to make its device available at other DNA shops in early December. Jolla has previously taken two rounds of pre-orders for its €399 handset.
The Jolla phone is powered by Sailfish OS, which is based on MeeGo and features the ability to run Android apps in addition to its native apps. Another unique feature of the Jolla phone is its "Other Half" backside, which can be swapped out by the user and can change the look of the software and launch apps.
As for the Jolla phone itself, there's a 4.5-inch qHD (960x540) display and 2-megapixel camera in front along with an 8-megapixel shooter around back. Buried in-between the screen and the Other Half is a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage and a microSD card slot for additional space.
Jolla first burst onto the scene in mid-2012 and is made up of several members of the team behind the Nokia N9, another MeeGo-based device, as well as other members of the MeeGo community. Since then we've gotten a few peeks at the Jolla phone and its Sailfish OS during their development, and so it's exciting to see that both are finally ready for their public debut. There's no word yet on when the Jolla phone might make its way onto other carriers around the globe, but stay tuned and I'll update you with more details as they become available.
What do you think of the Jolla phone and its Sailfish OS? Would you consider buying the device if it came to your preferred carrier?