Following a series of layoffs by Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, ex-employees and executives of the company created Jolla, a Finnish startup keen on creating portable devices based on software and hardware that Nokia had abandoned.
Today, after two years of development, Jolla shipped its first 450 Jolla Smartphones.
The 4.5-inch device is powered by a 1.4GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor and 1GB of RAM, and carries 16GB of flash storage alongside a microSD port. The phone also sports dual cameras with an 8 megapixel rear camera and 1.3 megapixel front facing camera.
The device also runs Sailfish OS, an operating system based on MeeGo, which was dropped by Nokia in 2011 in favor of using Windows Phone. One of the things that makes Sailfish OS special is the fact that it can also run almost all of Android’s 850,000+ applications.
Jolla claims to have preorders from over 130 countries and hopes to ramp up production to meet the demands of the Jolla smartphone. The phone is available in Europe for €399.