Finnish smartphone startups Jolla is expanding into the Asian market. The company has just announced that it will be arriving soon to India, where the Jolla smartphone will be exclusively available at India’s largest e-commerce marketplace, Snapdeal.com.
This announcement comes several days after screenshots appeared online that Jolla was selling its Sailfish OS-powered smartphone in China via the popular e-commerce site Taobao. Soon after, it was revealed that the sales page on Taobao – as professional-looking as it looks at first glance – is not officially handled by Jolla.
There’s nothing fake about Jolla’s entry into India, however. Alongside a press release, the company has also updated its landing page as well as its social media pages to announce its impending arrival into India, marking its first entry of the device into the region – despite having an office in Hong Kong.
At the moment, information is still scarce beyond the fact that Jolla is heading to India, and the exclusive partnership with Snapdeal.com. There’s no word yet on official availability in the country, nor is there any official retail price mentioned for the Jolla smartphone. It is encouraging to note, however, that Jolla has just partnered with the company that has been dubbed “the Alibaba of India” – referring to the Chinese e-commerce behemoth whose recent IPO valued it at a whopping US$154 billion.
Interestingly enough, Jolla is the second smartphone company in less than a week to announce India as its next market. Chinese flash sales masters Xiaomi announced its arrival in India just three days ago, bringing along its Mi 3 and Redmi smartphones to go on sale on July 22.