The Jolla C, the newest – and second – smartphone from the eponymous company has been released running the firm’s unique Sailfish OS.
Back in 2013, Sailfish OS was in an entirely different place. Under quiet development from a group of former Nokia engineers under Jolla, Sailfish was promised to extend the development of Nokia’s Harmattan interface as the Finnish marque left one world behind to join another under Microsoft.
Fast forward to 2016, and we haven’t seen much of Sailfish OS since. Turing Robotics’ Turing Phone recently announced it was set to make the switch to Jolla’s platform over Android, and up until now we haven’t heard of another device to arrive sporting the platform since the original Jolla smartphone.
Read: Turing Phone drops Android for Sailfish OS
Now, the company has launched the Jolla C as part of a new Sailfish Community Device Program aimed at developers and fans. In good news, the device sold out in a day; in bad news, only 1,000 were made.
The Jolla C is touted as a less of a consumer device and more a ‘developer platform’ designed to encourage interest in Sailfish OS.
This doesn’t come as much of a surprise, considering that Jolla’s last consumer effort – the crowd-funded Jolla Tablet – flopped in January, to which the company has promised backers a refund if it can rectify its financial crisis.
The Jolla C is set to begin shipping in July, and will include a 5″ 720p display, a Snapdragon 212 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, an 8 megapixel primary camera, and a 2,500mAh battery.
While hobbyist projects are all well and good, we can’t foresee this conquering the market anytime soon. Jolla deserves a certain amount of applause for persevering with Sailfish OS, though we’d rather see the Jolla Tablet’s backers get their money back as soon as possible.
Read: Jolla: Former Nokia-folk bring us a new OS and phone
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