MeeGo is back, first Sailfish-powered smartphone coming Nov. 27

News Richard Goodwin 11:46, 14 Nov 2013

The world’s first Sailfish-powered smartphone from Jolla will go on sale in Finland on Nov. 27

MeeGo startup Jolla will release its first Sailfish-powered smartphone in late-November. It’s the first handset of its kind and it will be carried by Finnish network DNA. 

Jolla, a startup consisting of ex-Nokia employees, confirmed the news at the Slush conference in Finland and added the initial release will take place at a DNA pop-up shop in Narinkkatori, central Helsinki, according to Tech Crunch.

There’ll only be 450 handsets available on the November 27, so punters looking to get their hands on the symbolic handset will likely have to get there pretty early.

“The first Jolla phones will also be primarily sold to those who have made a pre-booking — which refers to the pre-sales campaign Jolla ran earlier this year, inviting would-be buyers to reserve a handset with a part-payment. Pre-bookers will be invited to the launch event to hand over the rest of the cash and walk away with their Sailfish-powered handset,” the report added.

The first Jolla smartphone will feature a 4.5-inch Estrade display, a dual-core processor, LTE connectivity, an 8-megapixel camera and 16GB of memory, plus microSD-support. The handset will retail for €399.

“Jolla has attracted an enormous amount of interest. Because the basic idea with Jolla is to develop the phone in co-creation spirit with the users, it seemed like the right thing to offer the first phones to those who had displayed an interest in them as soon as the first phones become available,” said DNA’s Business Director Cedric Kamtsan in a statement.

“DNA has been effectively collaborating with us by bringing in an important consumer perspective into the product development. As the first Jolla phone is about to be launched, everything is ready to make the consumers involved. The launch does not mark the end to product development, it goes on in cooperation with the consumers,” added Jolla’s CEO Tomi Pienimäki in a statement.

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