Jolla’s CEO got on stage at CES to really discuss what the company is planning in the upcoming months and it looked like a revamp of MeeGo, under the new clean Sailfish OS name, with some brand new hardware.
The end product is a few months away from release, with Jolla saying it should arrive sometime in 2013. The phone is named after the company and runs the newest version of the operating system, set to be a starter for possible third parties.
Sailfish OS has got progressively better but is still a little odd compared to iOS and Android in terms of design, but this may be for the best in some cases, with the multitasking and design fitting with the MeeGo project many geeks were raring to try out.
Apps will be covered by Jolla’s ability to farm Android apps and add them to the platform, allowing users to select a range of exclusive Jolla apps and the enormous amount of apps from the Google Play store.
The first smartphone will be a mid-tier device, the first running Sailfish OS and the first from the company. The Jolla smartphone will have a 1.4GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, 2100mAh replaceable battery and a pretty weak 960×540 resolution smartphone.
Even though it is not high-end, we would have loved to at least see a powerful screen with at least 720p, especially since the first device is coming for €399 ($540) only $100 less than the Galaxy S4 or HTC One, two top tier devices running Android.