A group of former Nokia employees who quit over the Finland-based company's decision to scrap the planned MeeGo operating system in favor of teaming up with Windows has unveiled their own smartphone on Monday, and are hoping to rival the smartphone sector giants.
The smartphone, which is so far just called Jolla, is entirely intuitive and features absolutely no physical buttons. It also has a 4.5-inch touchscreen and features two different colored halves that together form the phone. It is due to go on sale to the public in the fourth quarter, and will retail for 399 euros ($513 USD).
The Jolla smartphone runs on its own operating system called Sailfish OS, which is a successor to MeeGo and is compatible with some Android applications. They are offering Sailfish products to retailer and operator partners for the medium price range.
Jolla is hoping to compete in markets in China, Europe and North Africa, but has no plans to enter the United States' market. Jolla has already signed two distribution deals, one with the largest smartphone retailer in China, D.Phone, and another with the Finnish operator DNA.