The Jolla smartphone (or Jolla 1 or J1)[8] is a smartphone produced by Jolla[1] that runs the Sailfish OS. Following a successful crowdfunding campaign, it was manufactured in China[9] and released on 27 November 2013. The Jolla smartphone is no longer supported by Sailfish OS updates, the last update compatible being v3.4.0, released on 22 September 2020.[10]

Jolla phone front
ManufacturerQisda Corporation.
Compatible networksGSM/3G/4G/LTE[1][2]
First released27 November 2013 (2013-11-27)
Availability by region27 November 2013 (Finnish pre-orders) / 11 December 2013 (Finland) / December 2013 (pre-orders) / Q1 2014 (worldwide)
PredecessorNokia N9 (by MeeGo, community & spiritual legacy)
  • Height: 131 mm (5.2 in)[1]
  • Width: 68 mm (2.7 in)[1]
  • Thickness: 9.9 mm (0.39 in)[1]
Mass141 g (0.311 lb)[1]
Operating systemSailfish OS[3]
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.4 GHz dual-core processor
Memory1 GB RAM[1]
Storage16 GB[1]
Removable storagemicroSDHC, up to 32GB is officially supported; up to 64GB if microSDXC card is formatted to Jolla-supported formats like Fat32.[4]
Battery2100 mAh user-replaceable[1] battery
Up to approximately 9 to 10 hours of talk time (GSM/3G, respectively)[1]
Display4.5" IPS qHD (960 × 540 px) "Estrade" display[1]
Rear camera8 megapixel AF camera with LED flash[1]
Front camera2 megapixel front-facing camera[1]
Data inputsCapacitive touchscreen
Development statusReleased
  • Head SAR 0.546 W/kg
  • Body SAR 1.470 W/kg[6]
Marc Dillon showing the Jolla's phone at Jolla love day.[7]

Like the Nokia N9, the Jolla diverted from the at that time conventional smartphone home button centric user interface and only featured a power button and a volume up and down rocker switch. Instead it relied on a swipe interface to close and switch between screens and applications would access a pulley menu to select menu items[11] inside applications.

In addition to the comparably limited number of native Sailfish applications available in the Jolla app store, the Jolla Phone featured the proprietary Alien Dalvik to provide support for and installing Android-applications[a] from Aptoide.

First unveiled device


On 20 May 2013, after IamTheOtherHalf internet campaign, Jolla unveiled the following details and design of their first device:

  • 4.5 in IPS qHD (540×960) "Estrade" display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.4 GHz dual-core
  • 16 GB of storage memory
  • microSD support
  • 8 MPix AF camera, back
  • 2 MPix camera, front
  • 2100 mAh user-replaceable battery
  • "The Other Half"
  • Gesture-based Sailfish OS
  • Android applications compliant
  • MicroUSB
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • Buttonless display, gesture navigation
  • Device in English language version
  • Qt, QML, HTML5 (see: Sailfish OS architecture)

The Sailfish OS SDK was published at the end of February 2013.

The Jolla smartphone is compatible with frequency bands in the ITU region 1: 4G (LTE) bands 3 (1800 MHz), 7 (2600 MHz) and 20 (800 MHz); 3G (WCDMA / UMTS) band 1 (2100 MHz), 8 (900 MHz); 2G (GSM) bands 850 Mhz, 900 Mhz, 1800 Mhz, 1900 Mhz. 4G and 3G will work in Europe but support is not guaranteed in other regions, even if a compatible frequency band is used.[12][13]

Retail availability


Jolla started shipping the phone in late November 2013. At first the phone could only be ordered on the web from within the European Union. [14]

The phone also became available in the stores of the Finnish carrier DNA on 11 December 2013.[15]

On 28 April 2014, the Jolla phone became available in Estonia at the outlets of Elisa Eesti, the first operator outside Finland to offer the phone in their shops.[14]

On 25 July 2014 Jolla opened the first Jolla store in Kazakhstan in association with Mobile Invest.[16]

On 12 August 2014 Jolla was launched in Hong Kong in a partnership with 3 Hong Kong.[17]

In September 2014, Jolla launched in India on e-retailer Snapdeal.

In November 2014, Jolla launched in Russia.



Sailfish OS updates were provided for the Jolla 1 for 7 years.

Other Linux distributions like postmarketOS continue to provide updates for the original Jolla phone but don't support calls, SMS or mobile data.[18]

See also



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Jolla - we are unlike". Retrieved 12 December 2013.
  2. ^ "Twitter / JollaHQ: @Nede7 LTE is already in ..." 12 December 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2013.
  3. ^ release notes for version 4.0.1 on 2021-04-21: Support for J1 ended with version 3.4.0
  4. ^ "Twitter / JollaHQ: @Whippler_42 32gb on tuettu" [32gb [sic] is supported.] (in Finnish). 27 November 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Jolla Smartphone specs". PhoneArena. 16 April 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Jolla - get to know us". Retrieved 12 December 2013.
  7. ^ Mobile Monday: 20.5.2013 Archived 2014-04-08 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Jolla Phone". 25 January 2018.
  9. ^
    Picture of Jolla phone (J1) behind the other half back cover: "Design from Finland - Made in China
  10. ^ Last version to support the original Jolla Phone release notes for version 4.0.1 on 2021-04-21: Support for the Jolla 1 phone ended with version 3.4.0
  11. ^ Sailfish OS Pulley Menu explained
  12. ^ "Jolla phone: Which cellular frequency bands are supported?".
  13. ^ "Jolla LTE 4G supported countries and operators". 19 June 2014.
  14. ^ a b Kullasepp, Kuldar (28 April 2014). "Eestis tuleb müügile Jolla nutitelefon" [The Jolla smartphone comes on sale in Estonia]. Majandus24 (in Estonian). Postimees. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  15. ^ "[Press] Jolla smartphones available from DNA Stores from 11 December". Archived from the original on 13 February 2014. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
  16. ^ Jolla opens Jolla Store in Kazachstan [unreliable source?]
  17. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 August 2014. Retrieved 23 August 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Jolla launched in Hong Kong
  18. ^ "Jolla Phone (jolla-sbj) - postmarketOS".


  1. ^ Up to version 4.1.2 "Jelly Bean"