Finnish smartphone manufacturer Jolla has a limited footprint in select markets for now but expansion is certainly on the company’s agenda. Asia as a whole is a very lucrative market particularly for those manufacturers that want to compete in the low-end and mid-range segments of the market. Jolla sees that potential as well and its now making an entry in Asia. 3 Hong Kong is the first in Asia to launch Jolla’s smartphone which runs on the company’s homegrown Sailfish OS.

Jolla is based on Meego’s heritage, Meego was an open source OS that Nokia previously worked on. When the company sidelined it and took up Windows Phone instead, the OS essentially faded into oblivion though Sailfish certainly makes us think about it.

Sailfish OS touts a gesture based user interface which eliminates the need for buttons on the device’s front panel. With its smooth multitasking and swift user experience Sailfish also offers users support for Android applications apart from those developed exclusively for this OS.

The Jolla smartphone has a dual core processor, 16GB internal storage, a 4.5-inch display, an 8 megapixel camera, 4G LTE support and more. 3 Hong Kong’s customers can purchase the device starting today from the carrier’s website, qualifying customers may even get it for $0 down.

Asia is certainly in Jolla’s sights. Hong Kong may be its first market in the continent but it certainly won’t be the last. Jolla hasn’t revealed in which markets it may move next at this point in time.

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