Last week we told you all about the Jolla Tablet that will arrive next year and will be running the company’s Sailfish OS and is looking for crowdfunding backing. The Indiegogo funding run was such a big success for Jolla and the company confirmed said it will be able to begin building its tablet because the crowdfunding drew in much more than a million dollars (the company was asking for $300,000).
Jolla said last week that through its first run on sale the slate would arrive in the US, the European Union, Norway, Switzerland, Russia, China, Hong Kong, and India. However, fan reaction to the Jolla Tablet has been so positive the company has decided to add two more countries to that already sizeable list, Canada and Australia. If you are interested in this slate you can get it by donating $209 to the company's Indiegogo campaign that is still open for funding. The company says the device should start shipping in May 2015.
The Jolla Tablet looks very nice and manages to have a surprisingly premium look for a tablet under two hundred bucks. At just 7.5mm thick and with a weight of 384 grams the device could even pass for an oversized phablet. It sports a 7.85-inch IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 2048 x 1536, enough to offer a very good 330 pixels per inch. Powering the thing is a quad core 64-bit Atom powerhouse with a 1.8GHz clock speed, while it has been paired with 2GB of RAM. The good specs do not end there with the slate also getting 32GB of storage, a microSD slot, a 5 megapixel rear lens, and a 4300mAh battery.
Of course, that collection of interesting hardware could be cancelled out by the addition of the Sailfish OS, a platform many simply will have no interest in just yet. That's a shame, because while it is not an industry heavyweight like Android or iOS, it is still very good. Sailfish OS 2.0 boasts intuitive multitasking, and switching between apps is easy and fast. Music can be controlled without the need to open any app, and of course you can also download bon-a-fide Android apps. Really, the only downside is the name, people simply have not heard of Sailfish and will be put off, but believe me, it is a very good operating system and if you want a cheap, well made, solidly spec'd tablet, the Jolla Tablet is a compelling new alternative.