The Android-friendly Jolla handset is revealed

After a group of Nokia engineers left the Finnish firm last year to design their own mobile phone operating system called Sailfish they knew they'd need a device tailored to run the software and it has now arrived in the shape of the Jolla.

The quirky handset has a 4.5-inch display, dual-core processor, eight-megapixel camera, 4G capabilities and 16GB internal storage.

However, the most obvious feature is the contrasting removable back cover on the device which is designed to recognise what type of cover is attached and alters the phone's theme to match it.

Jolla says the smartphone will be “compliant” with Android-designed apps despite the phone running a completely different operating system. Sailfish is based on software that powered the Nokia N9 and it will be interesting to see how fluidly it works with the Android apps.

Although the Jolla will initially be launched in Europe is it thought the handset will gradually spread across the world to Australia within a matter of months.

An international price is also unconfirmed but it should market for around AU$500.

Posted by Claire Marshall

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