German company Volla continues the established trend after last year’s attempt at a phone for paranoids, and offers a new smartphone on the Indiegogo portal Volla Phone 22which is completely cut off from Google. Increased security supported by VPN is a matter of course for this brand, a pleasant bonus is the unique mobile “multiboot”. When you start your phone, you choose whether you bet on the cropped Volla OS built on AOSP, or choose any edition of Linux for touch devices!
You install the new operating system on your phone via the system settings within the Volla OS, from a microSD card, which can have a capacity of up to 512 GB. You can install Ubuntu Touch, Sailfish OS, Droidian, Manjaro or Nemo Mobile on your phone. It is said that installations directly from the internal memory are also planned for the future. It will have a capacity of 128 GB. It will be supplemented by 4GB of operating memory, which is a bit “borderline” for the conditions of alternative mobile systems. The eight-core Medio Helio G85 will provide the performance itself.
There aren’t many phones on the market that allow you to download one or more other systems right in the setup. With the Volla Phone 22, you save them on a microSD card and select the correct system as soon as the phone is started with the side button
The phone itself has more angular shapes and a more pronounced chin. The 6.3 “display with Full HD + resolution has a 16 Mpx selfie in a clamshell cut-out. Three cameras are ready on a shiny back with a centered fingerprint reader. The main 48Mpx sensor is followed by an 8Mpx wide and a 2Mpx macro. The phone will be offered as a Dual SIM, but support for fifth-generation networks is unfortunately lacking.
Introduction of the Volla Phone 22 smartphone from Kickstarter:
The smartphone mainly builds on improved security. All connections to Google services have disappeared from the system, so you won’t find Google apps or the Play Store app store. The phone does not collect any user data, nor is it “cloud dependent”. It is equipped with open-source applications without side intentions, the phone’s storage is encrypted, and access to it is ensured by biometrics. The equipment also includes an optional VPN service from Hide.me, which ensures that the Internet connection is anonymized.
Does such a smartphone have a chance to succeed in the market? It is definitely not the first (or the last) to declare independence from Google, but its big bonus is the multiboot and at the same time replaceable battery. If you add microSD cards, Dual SIM and a preserved headphone jack, it’s a functional mix that no one on the market has. Volla Phone 22 se and Indiegogo sells from 379 EUR (9,400 CZK), and will reach the first applicants in July.