THIS POST HAS BEEN EDITED DUE TO SOME FALSE INFORMATION QUOTED FROM ANOTHER TECH BLOG. PLEASE READ HERE FOR FURTHER UPDATE.
It comes via ZDNet that Jolla have indeed been working with a Finnish company called ‘Infinity’ who were the design team behind great phones like Nokia
‘s qwerty-slider symbian-based E7.
The Finnish team who are also behind a number of Huawei handsets including the recent Android Ascend (which was shown off at this years MWC) have been working with Jolla for the past 6 months to tailor the perfect Jolla smart phone for release later this year which will be accompanied by their own homegrown linux-based Sailfish OS.
It is also indeed very fitting that the Finnish-based Infinity have worked previously with Nokia on designs such as the E7 which closely resembles Nokia’s MeeGo developer phone – the N950 – a phone Jolla have been providing all of their Sailfish demos on until now. But can we assume from this information that Jolla are maybe going down the QWERTY slider route ? Personally, I think with many manufacturers ( even Nokia! ) abandoning the QWERTY option from their line-ups, it maybe unlikely although maybe not entirely impossible. Perhaps we could expect more of a compromise like My Dream Jolla Device which incorporates the best of both worlds with its modular detachable keyboard much like the MS surface PC ?
Whatever the answer we are sure to find out as Jolla’s plans unravel over the coming months ahead. I have reached a point where a full touchscreen phone does the job well enough for me as long as the keyboard is highly responsive and finely tuned, however having the option to be able to connect an external keyboard (for hardcore typing) that could also integrate with the device (either ‘slider’ or ‘folder’ to protect the screen) would be an absolute bonus!
With these exciting new announcements in mind, I’d love to hear your thoughts. :-)