Despite being a relatively little player in the mobile world, Jolla has managed to craft a small following with its Sailfish OS and its aptly named Jolla phone. In late 2014 the manufacturer also announced plans for a tablet, which would utilize Sailfish OS 2.0 and would be fully capable of running Android apps, in addition to its own (very small) ecosystem of apps. After a successful crowdfunding campaign, the Jolla tablet is now finally available for pre-order for those who didn’t pledge support earlier.
As you might expect, there are a few catches. First, only a limited quantity of tablets will be available. Second, only a few select countries will offer the device for pre-order: all EU countries, Norway, Switzerland, United States, Canada, Australia, India, Hong Kong and Russia. Pricing will vary depending on the market, though Jolla says the 32GB model will set customers back €267 (around $300), with the 64GB version priced at €299 (around $336).
While the tablet’s unique OS is obviously the primary selling point here, the rest of the specs are reasonably decent as well. The Jolla tablet is powered by a 64-bit Intel Atom processor with 2GB RAM, and packs a 7.85-inch IPS display with a resolution of 2048×1536. Other specs include a 2MP front cam, 5MP rear cam, 32 or 64GB storage with microSD for expansion, and a 4450 mAh battery.
If you’re in one of the markets listed above, you can pre-order directly from Jolla’s website. Just be prepared for a bit of a wait, as Jolla tablets are expected to start shipping in late-October. Already ordered one during the Indiegogo campaign days? Your tablet should be arriving in the next few weeks.
The Jolla tablet is certainly intriguing, but for its asking price, there are plenty of decent Android native devices out there that are from trusted brands and won’t require you to get acquainted with a brand new OS. Then again, for some folks trying something completely new and different might be the main draw. What do you think of the Jolla tablet? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.