Jolla, the company behind the peculiar new smartphone and Sailfish operating system, has just revealed details of the hardware that will ship in their upcoming device. A cursory glance at the list shows nothing extraordinary, but, as they say, the devil is in the details.
As you may or may not have read before, Jolla is a Finnish company formed by former Nokia employees who were dissatisfied with the direction the company took towards using Windows Phone. With the recent proposed acquisition of Nokia’s mobile business by Microsoft, it seems that their sentiments may have been justified.
The company and its smartphone recently came into the spotlight again when it announced official and full compatibility with Android apps for the device. Now the company is releasing the phone’s specs as it prepares for release. The hardware looks mediocre, at best, with a dual-core 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, a 4.5-inch 960×540 display, a 2 megapixel front-facing camera, and an 8 megapixel auto-focus rear camera with LED flash. Jolla, however, will be trying to differentiate itself from an already crowded smartphone market with its “Other Half” changeable smart covers and Android app compatibility.
A smartphone platforme is as strong as the apps available for it and the developers willing to write those apps, so it remains to be seen if Jolla’s Sailfish-based smartphone will generate enough pull to make that happen. We’ll find out soon enough as the device is scheduled to ship out before this year ends.