Jolla has opened pre-orders on Jolla Tablets starting at $300. The 7.9-inch 2048 x 1536 tablet runs the Linux-based Sailfish OS 2.0 on a quad-core Atom.
The Jolla Tablet has been a long time coming for Indiegogo backers, but the participants will finally receive their tablets in September, says Finland-based Jolla. Now anyone can order the tablets, with shipments due to start in late October. Quantities are said to be limited.
The Jolla Tablet is available for pre-sale in all EU countries, as well as Norway, Switzerland, the U.S., Canada, Australia, India, Hong Kong, and Russia. Prices start at 267 Euros ($303) with 32GB of storage or 299 Euros ($340) with 64GB. This is about $50 more than the standard crowdfunded version.
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The Jolla Tablet runs on a quad-core, 1.8GHz Intel Atom Z3735 SoC, and features an iPad Mini-like design, with a 7.85-inch, 2048 x 1536-pixel Retina-like display with 330ppi density. The WiFi-only tablet is loaded with 2GB of DDR3L-RS RAM and 32GB or 64GB of eMMC flash, expandable with a microSD slot.
The Jolla Tablet is further equipped with Bluetooth 4.0, GLONASS-ready GPS, 5- and 2-megapixel cameras, micro-USB OTG and audio ports, as well as multiple sensors. The 8.3mm thick tablet weighs a hefty 384 grams, and ships with a 4450mAh battery.
Like the Jolla Phone, the Jolla Tablet runs the open source Linux Sailfish OS 2.0, which offers Android app compatibility and a unique, gesture interface. It’s also touted for lacking any potential backdoors for government security agencies to intrude.
Changes afoot at Jolla
There has been more news from Jolla this year than actual product. In March, when Jolla revealed more details about the tablet, it also announced plans with SSH to develop a security-hardened version of Sailfish, and said it was working on a mobile device based on the Intel Atom x3 (“Sofia”). In May, the Russian government said it was working with Jolla to develop a mobile Linux OS for Russia, presumably based on the secure hardened technology.
In July, Jolla announced it was splitting into two. The existing Jolla, Ltd. will focus on the development and licensing of Sailfish OS, while a yet to be named hardware spin-off will continue Jolla’s device business, including Jolla phone and Jolla tablet. The hardware business will focus primarily on the security-hardened version of Sailfish.
Around the same time, Jolla announced a deal with Intex Technologies — the largest India-based mobile company operating in India — to release some unnamed Sailfish-based products later this year. As part of the deal, Jolla revealed the formation of a regional mobile ecosystem called Sailfish India, together with Internet and online sales companies Times Internet and Snapdeal.
BQ Aquaris E5 HD
Ubuntu phone goes to India
The increasingly crowded Indian smartphone market is now getting its first Ubuntu phone, which will also be sold by Snapdeal. At the end of the month, BQ will launch the Ubuntu based BQ Aquaris E5 HD phone, which began shipping in Europe in June.
The 5-inch, 1280 x 720 Aquaris E5 HD will start at 11,999 Rupees ($181) exclusively on Snapdeal. The dual-SIM phone runs on a quad-core Cortex A7 SoC from MediaTek clocked at up to 1.3GHz, backed up with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of flash. There are also 5- and 13-megapixel cameras.
Pre-sales of the Jolla Tablet are available now at 267 Euros ($303) with 32GB of storage or 299 Euros ($340) with 64GB. Shipments begin in late October. More information may be found in the Jolla blog announcent and Jolla Tablet product page.