Jolla Introduces Sailfish X for the Sony Xperia X

Jolla Introduces Sailfish X for the Sony Xperia X

Jolla has officially introduced Sailfish X – Sailfish OS for the Sony Xperia X. The company will start pre-selling the system late September, and downloadable images will be available in October.

After the Jolla Tablet fiasco, the Finnish company had a difficult time. Preparing for Sailfish X is one of the ways the company is hoping it will be rescued from bankruptcy. Sailfish OS is not a free operating system and will cost €49.90 (~$60), though for that price Jolla promises one year of software updates and a continuation program.

In its initial release, users may face some issues, and not all device features will be supported. Jolla states that Bluetooth, sensors such as the Barometer and step counter, fingerprint, and FM radio will not be supported. The Finnish company also plans to open source some of its work for the Sony Xperia X to allow for third-party contributions and custom builds. Vesa-Matti Hartikainen from Jolla published a video in which he shows the current state of the ROM.

Sales of the OS will start on September 27, 2017. Below we are reproducing the listed perks prepared for potential customers, taken straight from Jolla.

Product – what you will get:

  • Sailfish OS image to flash to your Xperia device – our target is to have the downloadable image ready by October 11
  • Android support, predictive text input, and MS Exchange support as downloads from Jolla Store to your device
  • SW updates for one year, after which a continuation program will follow 
  • Clear instructions and support for downloads & installation 
  • Jolla Customer Care service

Availability: EU, Norway, Switzerland; US & CA to be confirmed
Price: €49,90 (including VAT)

To install Sailfish X, users will have to unlock their bootloader and will need to have already purchased a single-SIM variant of the Sony Xperia X smartphone. Jolla’s operating system needs to be installed via Linux terminal, at least for now, though the company hopes to streamline the process in the near future.

Are you planning to give Sailfish X a try? Let us know in the comments!


Source: Jolla Blog

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