After launching the Jolla phone last year, Jolla has now unveiled the Jolla Tablet running the company’s Sailfish OS, and just like Nokia N1, powered by a quad core Intel processor. Instead of directly using a pre-order system like with the Jolla smartphone, they’ve decided to launch an Indiegogo campaign, and price the tablet much more aggressively than the phone, as perks started at just $189 for early backers.
- SoC – Unnamed Intel 64-bit quad core processor @ 1.8 GHz, which should be Z3740(D), Z3745(D) or Z3560 processor.
- System Memory – 2GB DDR3L-RS
- Storage – 32GB eMMC + micro SD slot up to 32GB
- Display – 7.85″ IPS display, 2048 x 1536 resolution, 5-point capacitive touch
- Camera – 5.0MP rear camera, 2.0MP front-facing camera
- Audio – 3.5mm audio jack + speaker(s)?
- Connectivity – Dual band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, GPS
- Sensors – Accelerometer, light sensor, and proximity sensor.
- Battery – 4,300 mAh
- Dimensions – 203 x 137 x 8.3 mm
- Weight – 384 grams
The tablet will run a new version of the open source operating systems simply called Sailfish OS 2.0, which adds “Ambiances” and “Events” that respectively allow you to easily personalize your tablet, and show all your messages, calendar events, and other info in a single view. Jolla also made a comparison table including the iPad Mini 3, Nexus 9, and Nokia N1, to make it clear which recently announced tablet offers the best value.
The lowest price is listed at $189, but it was only offered as an early bird in the crowdfunding campaign, so to make the comparison fair, they should probably have listed the expected retail price ($249), which makes it the same price as Nokia N1, and both Finnish tablets have very similar specs, with a slight advantage to Nokia N1, except for the micro SD slot that’s only found in the Jolla tablet.
There are native apps for Sailfish OS, and more will be added, but the OS can also handle Android apps, which can be downloaded from the Google Play store, probably with a slight performance hit, but it should not be noticeable on apps like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
The company also encourages backers and interested users to be involved in the development of the tablet, and invites people to get their voice heard in their community forum.
To say the least, the campaign has been very successful so far, having raised over $850,000 from over 5,000 backers in less than 24 hours. The lowest pledges ($189 and $199) are now all sold out, but you can still pledge $204 + $20 shipping to hopefully get the tablet in May 2015. VAT is not included either, so it might be added before shipping. The crowdfunding campaign is also not 100% international, as the tablet will only ship to countries part of the European Union, Norway, Switzerland, the USA, India, China, Hong Kong, and Russia. If your country is not listed, you can ask or vote for it to be added. Further information may also be found on Jolla Tablet’s product page.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.