Volla Phone 22 runs on Ubuntu Touch or a Google-free Android operating system (crowdfunding)

The Volla Phone 22 is a 6.3-inch smartphone powered by a MediaTek Helio G85 processor that focuses on privacy and either Ubuntu Touch by UBPorts, Volla OS Android Fork without Google Play services or apps (YouTube, Gmail, etc.) or other operating systems running through a multi-boot.

In terms of hardware, the Volla Phone 22 is a mid-range smartphone with 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and features not found on the latest smartphones, including a user-replaceable battery, a 3.5mm audio jack and a microSD card socket.

Volla Phone 22 Specifications:

  • SoC – Mediatek Helio G85 octa-core processor with Arm Cortex-A75 cores up to 2.0 GHz, Cortex-A55 cores up to 1.8 GHz, Arm Mali-G52 MC2 GPU up to 1, 0GHz
  • System memory – 4GB RAM
  • Storage – 128GB eMMC flash, microSD card slot
  • Display – 6.3-inch Full HD display with a pixel density of 410 ppi.
  • Audio – 3.5mm jack, built-in microphone and speaker
  • cameras
    • Rear Cameras – 48MP PDAF + 8MP AF ultra wide angle and macro cameras.
    • 16MP front camera
  • connectivity
    • Mobile communications with 2x Nano SIM cards
      • 2G GSM – 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
      • 3G UMTS – 900 / 2100
      • 4G TDD/LTE – 2300 / 2600
      • 4G FDD/LTE – 700 / 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600
      • Important: These are suitable for Europe, but you may want to check if these work with your mobile operator in other countries.
    • Dual band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WiFi 5, Bluetooth 5.0
    • NFC
    • GNSS – A-GPS, GPS, Glonass, Galileo.
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 OTG Type-C connector,
  • Sensors – fingerprint, location, proximity, brightness, compass, gyroscope
  • Battery – 4,500 mAh battery for up to 350 hours standby.
  • Dimensions – 157.5 x 75 x 10.4mm
  • Weight – 210 grams

Volla OS

The default operating system – Volla OS – is a fork of AOSP with no Google apps or services, i.e. no Google Play, YouTube, Gmail, Google Maps, etc. Instead, the operating system offers a customizable user interface and a Signal-encrypted messaging app, a firewall , an app locker, an optional no-logs VPN from Hide.me, and more.

Volla Phone 22 Ubuntu Touch

Another option is Ubuntu Touch, which was developed in collaboration with the UBPorts Foundation and is aimed at users who prefer a Linux-based operating system. The source code for Volla OS and Ubuntu Touch can be found on the company’s Github account.

Finally, multi-boot is possible with a high-capacity microSD card, where you can install Ubuntu Touch while keeping Volla OS on the eMMC flash and other operating systems like Sailfish OS, Droidian, Manjaro, etc.

Volla Phone 22 Multiboot

Note that this isn’t the first time a company has released a phone with a Google-free OS, and the e.Foundation sells refurbished phones with /e/ Android OS. Alternatively, you can install /e/ OS on your phone if it is supported (note: only stable versions should be considered for everyday use).

Volla Phone 22 has just been launched on Kickstarter with a funding target of €10,000. Rewards start at €398 (about $428) for the phone with a user manual and a USB-C cable for data and charging. The smartphone is only available in a few countries including the European Union, UK, USA, Canada and Australia and the shipping costs range from 16 to 46 euros. The rewards are scheduled to be sent out in July 2022, shortly after the end of the crowdfunding campaign.

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