Jolla Tablet running Sailfish 2.0 seeks crowdfunding

Jolla Tablet running Sailfish 2.0 seeks crowdfunding

So, it turns out that Jolla has been developing its very own tablet – an ambitious slate with compact design, decent hardware specifications and a reasonable price tag. It is known simply as the Jolla Tablet and runs the Sailfish operating system, which also powered the company's Jolla Smartphone, released about a year ago. 

To bring its tablet to the market, Jolla has announced a crowdfunding campaign via Indiegogo with a $380,000 goal. The target will be hit easily, from the looks of it, as more than half of the money was raised within hours after the campaign's launch. Two batches of 1000 units are being offered, priced at $189 and $199 respectively, which seems like a reasonable price for what you get in exchange. As long as you don't mind the fact that the device runs Sailfish, that is.

As far as specs and design characteristics go, the Jolla Tablet is a minimalist tablet with a thickness of 7.5 millimeters and weight of 384 grams. Its 7.85-inch IPS LCD display has a resolution of 2048 by 1536 pixels for an outstanding pixel density of 330 ppi. Under the hood you'll find a quad-core, 64-bit Intel Atom processor with 1.8GHz top clock speed, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage expandable via microSD cards. Taking photos and videos is made possible by the tablet's 5MP main and 2MP front-facing cameras. The battery has a capacity of 4300mAh, although it isn't clear how long that will last between charges.

On the software side of things, the Jolla Tablet runs the refined, gesture-oriented Sailfish OS 2.0, which promises to deliver a seamless and intuitive multitasking experience. It allows quick and easy switching between apps, and its multitasking menu displays all running apps in a single screen, along with options to interact with running apps without opening them. One can play or pause music without opening the app, for example. New apps can be downloaded via the Jolla Store and other Android app marketplaces thanks to the OS's Android compatibility. In other words, you can get popular Android apps, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Spotify, to run on the Jolla Tablet. 

If Jolla's crowdfunding initiative is successful, the first Jolla Tablet batches should be in the early birds' hands by May 2015. Anyone in the EU, Norway, Switzerland, United States, India, China, Hong Kong, and Russia can pre-order one of the few remaining units via the campaign's page. 



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26 Comments

1. ianneo

Posts: 42; Member since: Dec 15, 2013

I like it. Unique, however I can't see the point of this when there are other tablets that are superior to this.

9. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Nokia N1.

19. sgodsell

Posts: 6710; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Both the N1 and this Jolla tablet should have come with at least 4gb of ram. They are both running with intels 64bit atom CPUs. If they added the extra 2gb of ram then you could add a full fledged development environment on this tablet. Its one thing to program on a device, and its another when you can also test and debug your applications. So by adding 4gb or more, then you will have this option. How does that saying go. If you build it they will come.

25. DBounce

Posts: 168; Member since: Apr 26, 2014

I agree, it would certainly help get more apps out faster.

14. hemedans

Posts: 746; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

lol you have already mention reason, because it is unique people will buy it. it took them only 3 hours to raise fund

28. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

sailfish is pretty resource efficient compared to other mobile operating systems on the market though so you never know :/

2. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Lol Almost the same soecs as the N1 but cheaper. Is this designed by Nokia too? Lol

3. EC112987

Posts: 1213; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

lmaoooo

6. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Jolla team members are Nokia's ex-amployees. so by an extension... yes.

7. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

It's only cheaper if you back the campaign, the retail price will be $250 just like the N1.

16. UglyFrank

Posts: 2188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

This might be using the Intel HD graphics GPU instead of PowerVR so it may be weaker

4. sapibuntinx

Posts: 61; Member since: May 08, 2013

what a lame, they should use intel XEON instead of intel Atom @_@

22. sgodsell

Posts: 6710; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Xeon power consumption is far greater then an atom. Not to mention the heat as well.

5. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Easily the best looking tablet on the market; this is how Nokia's N1 SHOULD have looked like...! For a simple media consumption device, this tablet should be a treat, despite limited app coverage, particularly at that price! If my tablet needs weren't covered by my Lumia 1520, I might go for this as my couch-device...

26. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

it has pretty decent android app compatibility and the developer community although small they're great to interact with on maemo.com i got one even though i also ordered a lumia 1520 :P

8. Switch00

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Best looking? Bwahahaha. The only visual difference between Jolla and the rest is different edge on top and bottom. That's quite an achievement for designers, no doubt. It must have taken months to reach such a goal. This tablet is a complete dissapointment. Something BIG? Nope. Just another tablet with minor modifications. A bigger Jolla phone.

11. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

A screen that blends seemingly seamlessly into the curve of the chassis. A flat, white side, rounded at the ends. The small things are where you diversify yourself when your product is basically a slab with a screen. By your logic a Ferrari is no different to a Ford since both have four wheels, doors and headlights... Oh well, we can't all have an eye for beauty! :-)

15. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

I agree, and it is so hard to come up a design now without having any resemblance to other company's device, maybe switch has better ideas. LOL

27. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

to be fair though although this is no excuse jolla have about 100 people working across the board so what they did with their resources is pretty awesome

10. Darkerm

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

not bad but I would take Nokia N1 one over this IF I had to buy tablet but I don't think I need one. for now my Oneplus one is doing everything I need :D

12. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

it took just 2 hours on indiegogo to make it happen...next 2000 devices added...hurry up!

17. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

I love the tablet and OS but those app icons looks ugly in my opinion.

18. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Is this made by Foxconn too?

21. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I am thinking that Foxconn plans to license more than the Nokia brand, so maybe.

20. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Awesome. Hope they get some big wind blowing to that Jolla.

23. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Go, Jolla, go!

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