Announced first time on July 2015 at MWC15 Shanghai, to be introduced on February 2016 at MWC16 Barcelona, Spain, annd to be launched to the markets in India later at spring. Intex Aqua Fish is a new smartphone model by Intex (India) running Sailfish OS mobile operating system by Jolla (Finland).
Intex launches Sailfish OS smartphone at MWC16
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New Sailfish OS smartphone, Intex Aqua Fish, is coming up in just few weeks. By the information from the earlier announcement we might actually see even two. But Intex (India) has now confirmed their launch schedule at least for one:
@pankajsinghwork The mobile will be launched at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February 2016.
— Intex Technologies (@IntexBrand) January 8, 2016
MWC16 takes place on February 22-25th in Barcelona, Spain. Jolla has participated on Mobile World Congress three times earlier. The phone was already announced at MWCS15, using a reference platform during that event. MWC16 launch is expected to be introduction of the phone, the sales beginning later at spring via Snapdeal online market place in India:
"We’re super excited about this partnership and look forward to making a new Sailfish OS powered smartphone available in India by spring 2016," shares Juhani Lassila via Jolla blog.News on expanding the sales outside India are also expected. Intex has shared earlier that their expanding might start via Russia. How about getting this phone in your country too?
- Processor will be a Qualcomm Snapdragon from series 200, 600 or 800. The latest releases are Qualcomm Snapdragon 212, 652 and 820, but which one is chosen is yet unknown.
- Display size is expected to be between 4.7 inch and 5 inch.
- RAM is not yet revealed, but I'm betting on 3GB
- 4G / LTE networks will be supported
- One model will be launched in the price group below INR 10 000. If there will be two, the price of another model is unknown
- Dual SIM phones are quite popular in India, this is possible but not confirmed
- Operating system will be Sailfish OS 2.0
About the looks, we still have to wait. We've already seen quite a few different images, and here's all of them for speculation. To begin with, Antti Saarnio flashed a prototype on Slush 2015:
However, Intex official site currently shows quite a different setup. The second model?
To mix up even more, Finnish blog Suomimobiili claims to have one more image which actually seems quite a lot like Jolla Phone. The blog says in Finnish that they can't confirm the origin of this photo, and it might even be just made by a fan:
But to not end with that, Intex did publish a video shortly after MWC15 Shanghai event. Video was later changed to private, but while public, a drawing of both of the models were shown like this:
What we can be sure of is that even one model might look a lot like Jolla Phone in the end, its internal specs will not be the same. Here's one image taken of the demo platform introduced at Shanghai event, and if you carry a Jolla Phone, you know that this is all too familiar to be Intex Aqua Fish:
Now who's waiting for the new Intex Aqua Fish, the second ever official Sailfish OS smartphone, to be available in your country as well? What are your expectations on the specs?
While official phones are limited to Jolla Phone and Intex Aqua Fish, let's not forget the Sailfish OS is being ported to several other smartphone models as well. Latest successful unofficial versions are expected for Oppo Find 5 (alpha already available) and Fairphone 2 (not yet available).
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Sources: Intex on Twitter, IS video, Qualcomm, Intex, Suomimobiili, Jolla Blog
Published: 2016-01-08 13:20 UTC
Updated: 2016-02-14 16:30 UTC