Jolla Crowdfunds its First Tablet
Jolla is a new player in the crowded and aggressive tech industry, but what’s unique about it is that its Sailfish OS software is built on the foundations of MeeGo. Thus, it is regraded as a direct successor to what such products as Nokia’s N9 could have evolved into.
But Jolla isn’t exactly a rich company, at least not yet, so that’s why it has decided to crowdfund the tablet. However, at the time of writing this piece, it has almost reached its goal, so it won’t be a surprise if it hits a few good million dollars when it ends.
The Jolla Tablet features a 7.9-inch screen with a resolution of 2048 x 1563, being powered by a 1.8GHz 64-bit quad-core Intel processor. There’s 32GB of storage, has 2GB of RAM and a 5MP rear camera. The tablet is a rival to the iPad Mini but also to the recently announced Nokia N1.
Sailfish OS is developed independently and is open source. The company also ensures that there are no back doors or ‘anything third parties could use for monitoring your activity’. The tablet will be able to run Android apps thanks to third-party stores, as it doesn’t get direct access to the Play Store. Mulitasking seems to be the main focus of the software:
Multitasking on Sailfish OS shows all your running apps conveniently in one single view. At a glance, you’ll see everything that’s going on, as well as easily switch between apps. You can also control Sailfish OS apps directly from the multitasking view – for example, change your music or play and pause your video stream without opening the app in full.
Also, the release of the Jolla Tablet will also coincide with the Sailfish OS 2.0 update which will bring Ambiences and Events features. By using Ambiences, users will be able to personalize their devices much easier. Events will show messages, calendar events and other relevant info in a single location.
The tablet currently costs $199, but since it’s selling like hot cakes on IndieGoGo, chances are for Jolla to ‘make more room’, in order to get more money. Because, as it stands right now, this is going to be a huge hit.