Introducing Sailfish X and all the details you want to know
Today it’s our pleasure to announce all the details for Sailfish X, aka Sailfish OS for Sony Xperia X! We are coming very close to the sales start, which is now only a few weeks away. We have now all the details planned, and we want to share them with all of you Sailfish OS fans and followers.
Sailfish X software maturity
To put it simply: it’s great, and it works very well! Sony Xperia X is a fantastic device to run Sailfish OS on, and we can’t wait to hear your feedback too. Let me show you a quick preview:
Our teams have worked hard to get all the details in place. As you can see from the video, most features and functionalities work nicely and smoothly. Mobile data, and cameras are working well, Android app support is in place and so on. However, as it is a long-term development project, there are still a few features that will not be officially supported in the first software release. Some of these features are already included in the software, but you can expect issues and beta level experience. The features that are not supported in the first release are: Bluetooth, new sensors (e.g. barometer, step counter), fingerprint, and FM-radio. Also,our aim is to provide an installation tool, which is as easy as possible, but in the beginning you do need to have a Linux PC and be somewhat familiar with command line tools to install Sailfish OS on your Xperia device.
Community is of course welcome to contribute on the missing features! We will open the hardware adaptation source code repositories for Xperia X device in the coming week, and we will provide instructions on how community can build their own Sailfish images from the sources.
Get ready for September!
Here are the hard facts you need to know:
Sales start date: September 27, 2017
Product – what you will get:
- Sailfish OS image to flash to your Xperia device – our target is to have the downloadable image ready by October 11
- Android support, predictive text input, and MS exchange support as downloads from Jolla Store to your device
- SW updates for one year, after which a continuation program will follow
- Clear instructions and support for downloads & installation
- Jolla Customer Care service
Availability: EU, Norway, Switzerland; US & CA to be confirmed
Price: 49,90€ (including VAT)
You will need to purchase the Sony Xperia X (single SIM version) yourself. Note: Do not buy carrier locked devices, since those might not work for this purpose.
Here are some recommendations for purchasing the device:
Remember that in order to get the software running properly on your Sony Xperia X device you will need to do some magic yourself on the device, i.e. you should be tech savvy and have a PC with Linux operating system to get through the process. Don’t worry though, we will provide good instructions for this.
For the all the pioneers of the Sailfish Community Device Program, we also wanna offer a discount for the purchase of Sailfish X thanks to your continued support and passion. More information on that will follow soon.
Sign up to our email list and discuss in Together.Jolla.com
Please sign up to our Sailfish X mailing list here and we’ll keep you updated about everything. Closer to the sales start we’ll inform you about more details, as well provide some instructional material for the software installation process. For those within the Tablet refund program: there will be a way to utilize Tablet refund as payment for Sailfish X. We’ll update on that closer to the sales start day, stay tuned!
I’m sure you’ll be excited about Sailfish X when you get it!
Your Sailfish X program manager,
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