With few minutes of opening the sale, nearly 1000 units of the upcoming Jolla C smartphone got sold out through the developer community program. Based on the open source Linux-based Sailfish OS, the smartphone is primarily oriented for developers. Each device comes with free online sessions in the form of the webinar with the top executives and product team members.
With the market share of Windows Phone going down drastically, Jolla is gearing up to attain a spot in the emerging smartphone market, currently dominated by Android and iOS. To begin with, the company has sold only a few units of the upcoming Jolla C smartphone priced at $190, which will provide access to all the future releases of Sailfish OS.
- 5-inch IPS HD display (293 PPI)
- 1.3GHz Snapdragon 212 processor
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB of storage (expandable up to 32GB
- 2500mAh battery
- 8MP rear with autofocus and LED Flash, 2MP front camera
Even though Jolla C is only available via the Sailfish Community Device Program for both developers and tech community members worldwide, the device will be shipped only to EU countries, Switzerland and Norway only.
Commenting on the launch, Sami Pienimaki, Co-founder of Jolla revealed that the program sold out quickly after the official launch, which shows the willingness of both developers and the company to shape the future of the emerging smartphone market. The company is keen to interact with the developers to incorporate new features in the upcoming updates. The role of an active community is important for the success of the program, adds Pienimaki.
With exclusive access to Sailfish OS developer sessions led by the Jolla expert teams, a select group of first program members, who opted for the device, will also get an invitation to the International Sailfish Community Event on June 17, 2016, in Helsinki.
According to James Noori, Community Manager, Jolla, the company is currently focussing on the software segment to refine the apps based on user feedback. Moreover, the product team is fully committed to incorporate user feedbacks into the final release of Sailfish OS.
Earlier, Jolla announced that it had obtained a $12 million series-C funding after struggling to obtain the required funds by the end of 2015. Despite the cancellation of the proposed tablet, the developer program for Jolla C was fully filled within few minutes. The company is currently running an extended refund program for all customers who have pre-ordered the tablet. However, the customers need to wait till 2017 for their refunds to get reflected in the bank statements.