During an emotional speech delivered today at the Slush conference, Jolla’s Marc Dillon unveiled the company’s next product: the Jolla tablet, running Sailfish OS 2.0. He launched a crowdfunding campaign for the tablet, with a goal of $380,000 – which was achieved in less than three hours (this may be one of the fastest funding consumer electronics devices ever). I got in early, and was one of the very first people to back the tablet (just as I was one of the first to back the Jolla phone a year ago). A second round has already been announced. Big news for American readers: it’ll be available in the US too.
The tablet itself is very similar in specifications to Nokia’s N1 tablet, with an 1.8GHz quad-core Intel processor, 2GB RAM, 2048×1536 330ppi 7.85″ IPS display, 32GB storage, and all the usual sensors and ports you have come to expect. It’s quite light and compact, and has its own design – there’s no way people are going to twist this one into an iPad copy.
The tablet is expected to be delivered to us early backers in May 2015, and I can’t wait. Also, Mr. Dillon, keep rocking that beard.