The folks behind the Volla Phone are now taking pre-orders for a second phone that will also be available with a choice of Android or Ubuntu Touch operating systems pre-installed.
As expected, the new Volla Phone X is a rugged smartphone with similar specs to the company’s first phone, but a more durable body. It also has a bigger battery, a slightly smaller screen, and a higher price tag – the Volla Phone X is up for pre-order now for €449 (about $530) and it should begin shipping to customers in August.
By comparison the original Volla Phone sells for €359 (about $425). But while that model initially went up for pre-order through a crowdfunding campaign before it was sold through Volla’s online store, the new Volla Phone X is skipping the crowdfunding step.
The new phone has an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance, covers that protect the USB and headphone ports when you’re not using them, and a 6,200 mAh battery which should provide longer run time. But it’s also a heavier phone (280 grams vs 190).
Still, it’s one of a relatively small number of phones available for purchase with a Linux-based operating system pre-installed as an alternative to Android. Folks who buy a model with Volla OS (the company’s version of Android) can also install Ubuntu Touch on their own if they’d prefer to go that route.
Here’s a run-down of some key specs for the Volla Phone X:
|Volla Phone X|
|Display||6.1 inch with V-notch|
19.5:9 aspect ratio
HD+ screen with 283 pixels per inch
|Processor||MediaTek Helio P23|
8 x ARM Cortex-A53 CPU cores @ 2 GHz
Mali-G71 MP2 GPU @ 770 MHz
microSD (up to 256GB)
|Ports||USB 2.0 Type-C|
Dual nano SIM
|Cameras||13MP + 2MP rear w/PDAF|
8MP MP front
9V/2A fast charging (wired)
|Hardware kill switches||No|