News by Luke Jones on Thursday December 11, 2014.
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Jolla easily managed to reach its crowdfunding target on Indiegogo and the campaign has now come to an end with the company able to build its Sailfish running Jolla Tablet. The company managed to raise $1,824,055, much more than the $380,000 the Finnish brand was originally asking for. Due to the extra cash Jolla can spruce up the tablet even more with a micro SD slot supporting expansion up to 128GB and a split screen feature.If you are one of those who contributed $209 or more to the funding, you will be getting your new Jolla Tablet by May 2015.
Jolla initially planned to roll the tablet out in the US, the European Union, Norway, Switzerland, Russia, China, Hong Kong, and India. However, fan reaction to the slate has been so positive the company has decided to add two more countries to the launch list, Canada and Australia. You can grab your own Jolla tablet by contributing at least $209 to the company's Indiegogo campaign that is still up and running. 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.
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