A Russian firm named Plural has officially unveiled the Oysters SF; the newest device to arrive running Jolla’s Sailfish OS.
It would seem Jolla’s Sailfish OS has enjoyed a minor resurgence in recent weeks; most recently, the company unveiled its newest device, the Jolla C, aimed at developers. Now, Plural’s Oysters SF is the newest consumer device to arrive running on the platform.
The Oysters SF is set to release in Russia later this summer as a result of a new partnership between Jolla and Plural. The device, which arrives sporting mid-range specifications, is aimed towards the country’s entry-level market. Read: Turing Phone drops Android for Sailfish OS
The device arrives sporting a 5″ display, MediaTek Cortex A53 octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage expandable by MicroSD, a 3,000mAh battery, and a 13-megapixel and 5-megapixel camera split.
The release of the Oysters SF indicates an interesting change of strategy for Jolla; one which sees Sailfish OS placed at the center of unique business partnerships not dissimilar from Google’s management of Nexus devices.
Thus far, Sailfish OS hasn’t seen widespread adoption; most recently, Jolla’s attempt to produce a Sailfish OS tablet ended in disaster, with the company opting to refund its early backers.
The company’s most recent smartphone, the Jolla C, was touted as a developer platform instead of being offered as a consumer device. The device – of which 1,000 were made – managed to sell out in a day.
With any luck, placing Sailfish OS at the epicentre of partnerships with manufacturers might sustain Jolla for a while longer; hopefully the platform can avoid the same untimely demise as Firefox OS. Read: Jolla‘s Sailfish OS reaches its second smartphone
What are your thoughts on the Oysters SF? Is there any reason to buy a Sailfish OS device other than to use it as a hobby platform? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
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