Being the dedicated smartphone enthusiasts we are, we love to see a market where shoppers have plenty of mobile platform options, and for as great as Android, iOS, and even Windows Phone can be, we welcome the opportunity for others to enter the arena and show why their own operating systems are worth our smartphone-buying dollar. Last week we got some interesting news concerning one of the companies behind these up-and-coming platforms, as Jolla shared word of a major restructuring, splitting its hardware business from work on Sailfish OS. And while we’ll need time to learn just how that change will ultimately impact the software’s future, we’ve got word of one development that’s happening as soon as this week, as the first phone powered by Sailfish OS 2.0 gets ready to debut.
We got our first hands-on look at the new Sailfish OS 2.0 when previewing the Jolla Tablet back at MWC, but that hardware’s yet to arrive (Jolla swears it’s coming soon). But even having seen it there on a tablet, Sailfish OS 2.0 hasn’t yet launched on a smartphone. Tomorrow, Indian OEM Intex is reportedly planning to show off its own Sailfish OS 2.0-running phone at MWC Shanghai.
While the full picture on the handset isn’t yet available, what we know sounds pretty decent. Instead of the Snapdragon 400 in Jolla’s phone, this Intex model would run a Snapdragon 600, and with a price that works out to around $235, it could end up being a decent enough value – though that’s going to depend on other specs which we don’t yet have.
Beyond India, there’s also a chance this model could go up for sale in Russia.