Jolla has thrown its hat into the tablet ring, announcing a brand new device that it plans to develop and fund with the help of a community of crowdfunding backers. The device offers both a competitive price point and specs in line with small tablet heavy hitters.
Jolla announced the new device via a crowdfunding campaign, with the aim of both developing and funding the project by means of community input. The effort is off to a good start, with the tablet having already smashed its Indiegogo target.
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The company plans to ask backers to vote for their most wanted features, with the best suggestions receiving priority treatment by the development team. It’s the same technique that the company used for its smartphone last year, and the final handset ended up carrying four of the eight top community voted features.
The device runs on Sailfish OS 2.0 – an open-source, Linux-based platform that puts a focus on quick and easy multitasking, personalization and privacy. One of the biggest problems with devices that opt for niche operating systems is their inability to compete when it comes to the volume of quality apps. To combat this, the Jolla Tablet will also be compatible with Android apps, significantly increasing its available software library.
In terms of specs, the tablet packs a 7.85-inch 2,048 x 1,536 IPS panel – the same screen specs as the iPad mini 3. It’s powered by a 64-bit 1.8 GHz quad core Intel chip, with 2 GB RAM and 32 GB expandable storage. It's 8.3 mm (0.33 in) thick and weighs 384 g (0.85 lbs).
The Jolla Tablet’s Indiegogo campaign is scheduled to end December 9, but it’s already smashed its US$380,000 target by more than 30 percent. The company is aiming for a final retail price of $249, but backers will be able to pick up the tablet a little cheaper, with the first units shipping in May 2015.
You can check out the company's crowdfunding pitch below.