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Jolla shows The Other Half and announces the world's first Sailfish OS smartphone

Product Launch by Andrew Kameka on Monday May 20, 2013.

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After months of showing off its Meego-inspired operating system that also supports Android apps, Jolla today announced the first Sailfish OS smartphone set to go on sale later this year.

Jolla's debut will be self-titled; according to Engadget, the phone will share the name of its creating company and simply be known as Jolla. The device will join a crowded market dominated by Android and Apple iOS, but the phone runs the upstart Sailfish OS that is an offshoot of Nokia's Meego. Sailfish has a gesture-heavy UI that differs from other options on the market, but it will attempt to limit its apps shortcomings by being compatible with Android. It's unclear how many apps will be supported, but Jolla is expected to clarify its Android intentions at its international launch event later today.

Jolla, the smartphone, is split into two halves. It has a simple design that connects a rectangular black front to a colorful back plate that can be interchanged with other options. The phone has a 4.5-inch display with an HD resolution yet to be confirmed, a dual-core processor, 16GB of internal memory, and a microSD slot for extra storage. Jolla also has an 8-megapixel camera with flash on the back, a front-facing camera, and 4G LTE in select markets where LTE is available.

Launching later this year for 399 euros (US $512.99), pre-orders for Jolla are open now. Orders can be placed in tiers that reserve a spot, include a t-shirt and priority order status, or include priority status and the bonus of an additional back cover. More information will be shared at the Jolla event that will be livestreamed at 12:30 PM ET.

source: Engadget

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