If you happen to be living in India, then it must be your lucky day. Today, at LeMeridien Hotel, New Delhi, Jolla announced its one-of-a-kind flagship to Indian customers. Partnering with Snapdeal – another Alibaba, but Indian – made it possible to grab the phone right now for as low as 16,499 Rupees or 210 Euros if you like.
— Snapdeal.com (@snapdeal) September 23, 2014
The price tag is strikingly lower than the Europe-available Jolla but a quick search on the trending phones in India reveals the fierce competition between phone-makers. Especially, in a move from Mountain View giant to make Android less painful on low-end hardware (read: Android One) it’s now easier for OEMs to manufacture better phones with better experience and less functionality trade-off. Incidentally, Jolla took the rational decision to enter the populated Indian market with a competitive price tag.
But if you want to touch the fact that how persuasive the price is, you need to look up for some semi-spec’ed smartphones. And there comes the Moto G, the vastly appreciated mid-range Android smartphone. The price? 16,999 Rs. Almost 500 Rs more than Jolla. Though, if I was to pick one, I’d choose Jolla in a heartbeat. First and foremost, Jolla is designed by Finns. End of it. Full stop.
Both Jolla and Moto G feature Snapdragon 400 SoC but differ in cores. While Jolla packs 2 Krait 200 inside, Moto G, however, has a quad-core Cortex A7 under the hood. Aside from the higher frequency of Jolla’s CPU, Krait cores tend to be having better single-threaded performance compared to Cortex A7. Lest from multi-tasking deformities, Motorola added 1 GB of Ram to the Moto G but truth be told, Android is still miles away from the true multi-tasking capability in which Sailfish OS is awfully good at.
If Jolla is a price-competitive phone, it should be anatomically well designed to get traction. To that end I searched for a premium phone that shares the same internals and I stopped at iPhone – wait for it- 4S. Good luck with updating it from iOS 5 to iOS8. Apart from the camera, 4S with aged hardware and tons of OS limits, thanks to Apple bureaucracy, is priced about 18366 Rs. Shedding extra 3000Rs for less freedom, storage and size is a serious hokum.
Jolla continues to enter markets one after another, and this vital sign shows how healthy the Finnish phone-maker is. As I’m typing this report, Jolla has reached 5000 proceeded orders via Snapdeal online store and that’s no less than iPhone 4S orders, by the way.
That makes me keen on Jolla’s strategy to see whether or not Jolla will ever ink any deals with MEA carriers or online stores. Fingers crossed.
And Salute to our new unlike Indian friends that’ll get their Jolla in the coming days.