The first batch of Jolla's Sailfish smartphones have all been spoken for

By on August 22, 2013, 6:45 PM

The first wave of smartphones from Finnish handset maker Jolla have all been spoken for despite the fact that it isn’t slated for launch until the end of the year. The debut smartphone was unveiled back in May alongside an online pre-order campaign which filled up in mid-July.

Jolla didn’t reveal exactly how many handsets were on pre-order due to customer confidentiality concerns but according to a press release from the company, they received orders from customers in 136 different countries across the globe. A Jolla spokesperson did, however, mention that a typical production batch for a vendor their size is 50,000 units.

Those that missed out on the first opportunity will hopefully have a second chance later this fall, said Tomi Pienimäki, CEO of Jolla.

If you aren’t aware, this is the first phone based on Jolla’s highly-anticipated Sailfish mobile operating system which itself is based on MeeGo. The handset features has no physical buttons on the front which is instead populated with a 4.5-inch display. Inside is a dual-core processor, 16GB of flash memory, a microSD card slot and an 8-megapixel rear camera.

A front-facing camera for video calls and 4G LTE support come standard in regions where such technology exists. The phone retails for $515 and will be available first in Europe on mobile network operator DNA, we’re told. Given the landscape of today’s mobile hardware market, however, the price does seem a little on the high end for what you get, but I digress.

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JC713 JC713 said:

Yeah, they need apps for this to be successful.

m4a4 m4a4 said:

I don't see the appeal in this...

The handset features has no physical buttons on the front
Sounds like BB10.

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

I like the face of this device but I can't say I really like the way the turquoise battery integrates with it (I don't mind the colour though) and it does seem pricey for mid range specced blower but the availability of apps will really decide it's future.

RenGood08 RenGood08 said:

Ummm...a little high priced?

QWales said:

Unless it does at least one thing better than the rest, my guess is it'll never get off the ground.

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Ummm...a little high priced?

Apparently they could have been sold for more, if the first batch has already been spoken for.

RenGood08 RenGood08 said:

For more than $515? Who are buying these up?

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

It is probably merchants, who think/know they will sale.

ikesmasher said:

People who want an uncommon, hardly-heard of and pointless-to-hack phone, who dont give two craps about angry birds. I would think. (Of course thats sorta counter productive if a quarter of a million of them get sold.)

Sounds like a phone for me, if I were rich.

PinothyJ said:

It looks pretty...

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