Date
22 August 2017
Hong Kong is Jolla's first market in Asia for its Sailfish-based smartphone. Photo: Jolla
Hong Kong is Jolla's first market in Asia for its Sailfish-based smartphone. Photo: Jolla

Finland’s Jolla 4G smartphone debuts in Hong Kong

Finland-based smartphone maker Jolla Oy, hoping to enter mainland China and India later this year, has made Hong Kong its launchpad into Asia.

It has launched its 4G smartphone, operating on Jolla’s Sailfish OS platform, in the city exclusively through 3 Hong Kong’s online shop, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Wednesday.

Jolla will first team up with local e-commerce platforms to sell its smartphones online before collaborating with domestic telecommunications carriers, with a view to securing 5 percent of market share globally, Antti Saarnio, its chairman and co-founder, was quoted as saying. 

China Fortune Holdings Ltd. (00110.HK) invested one million euros (US$1.34 million) in Jolla in 2012 for a 6.25 percent stake.

Li Ka-shing, who controls 3 Hong Kong, hinted last year that a new smartphone operating system was about to debut to become the third-most used platform after Apple Inc.’s IOS and Android, which is commonly used in Samsung smartphones and other compatible brands.

Saarnio did not respond to questions about whether Li is a Jolla investor but said the company has invested several million euros in developing its Sailfish system over the past three years.

Jolla, which has about 120 staff members with 85 percent coming from Nokia, is planning to produce its second smartphone.

The Sailfish system will be made compatible with tablets, smart televisions and smart-watches. 

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