It will be the world's first crowdsourced tablet
For years the only decent tablet choice in the market has remained fairly limited and when it came to some novelty, the pick had always been the iPad. Not because we all have been so much entranced by it but because there had been no other option falling in this category but this problem is going to be taken care of.
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First it was Nokia which announced that it would be getting back into the consumer electronics space with a $249 Android-based tablet which would be called the N1 and would run the Z launcher and now we have the mobile startup Jolla introducing its Jolla Tablet which is currently being crowfunded. With this joint funding action open for the public, the Finnish company has set the pitch for pre-orders which start at the price of $189 for the first 2,000 pledgers and $199 for another thousand backers.
Jolla says that its initial aim with the funding is to get $380,000 which means that it would need 2000 to pledge and this is quite a lot. But the good news is that as we are writing this, the backers on the site have increased to 2641. If this campaign proves to be fruitful, the Jolla tablet would start to ship from June next year. Jolla’s first device was a smartphone which it had launched a year ago in Finland and by now the phone has expanded to other markets too in Europe and Asia including India and Russia.
Jolla plans to expand the Sailfish OS to other larger form factor mobile devices such as tablets. The tablet was officially introduced by Jolla co-founder Marc Dillon at the Slush conference in Helsinki and this seems to have pushed the button for the funding which has gained pace.
“We’re going to continue the Sailfish story forward by taking our great multitasking experience and our emphasis on privacy and usability and gestures, and along with our community we’re going to build the tablet. There will be a continuation with the way we have worked with together.jolla.com so we’re going to extend this so that the people who are participating in the campaign will be able to help to decide what kinds of features and things will end up on this tablet,” said Dillon, adding: “It’s going to be a very high end specification… It’s basically as good as a display as you can get in the market today.”
The Jolla tablet is going to get closer to the iPad Mini 2 with a 7.9-inch screen with a resolution of 2048 x 1563. It is going to be powered by a 1.8GHz quad-core processor, has 2GB of RAM and there’s a 5MP rear camera.
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