News by Luke Jones on Wednesday November 19, 2014.
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Jolla has decided to turn its hand to tablets as the company has confirmed that it wants to build a slate that will have some good specs and come with an enticing price tag. Known as the Jolla Tablet, the device will run the company's own Sailfish operating system, which may be a deal breaker for many people.The company has set up a crowdfunding campaign to be able to make and launch the Jolla Tablet via Indiegogo and is asking for $380,000 as a goal. Of course, the company will fly to that target and in fact has already raised half of it within hours of the plea going live. The initial amount will allow for two batches of 1000 units to be made, with a price of $189 and $199. With the specs on show it seems like that is a very good deal. 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.
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