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Jolla launches a sub-$200 Sailfish smartphone, quickly sells out

by Jacob Kleinman | May 27, 2016May 27, 2016 5:30 pm PDT

With Windows Phone on the retreat, the mobile market may seem like a two-OS race between Android and iOS, but there’s still a demand for something different. Jolla quickly sold out of its new smartphone running Sailfish OS, the open source Linux-based operating system, on Friday.

To be fair, the company only had 1,000 copies of the new Jolla C smartphone to sell. The device is mostly meant for developers and includes online sessions with the Finnish firm’s top executives. The new phone also guarantees access to future Sailfish OS betas.

The Jolla C only costs €169 (about $190) and it sports the entry-level specs to match. That includes a Snapdragon 212 chip, a 5-inch 720p display, a 2,500mAh battery, an 8-megapixel rear camera, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage. The design is pretty simple too, with a Nokia-style block in bright red and black.

Jolla isn’t mounting a serious comeback against Apple and Google’s dominance, but it’s still nice to see the smaller company putting up a fight. The company says more devices could be coming soon. If you’re interested, hit the source link below to sign up for updates.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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