Jolla Hits Crowdfunding Goal for Sailfish OS Tablet

Finnish startup smartphone maker Jolla has successfully used the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to fund its new Jolla Tablet. The campaign, opened November 19, reached its $380,000 goal in just over two hours. As of this writing, the company has raised $748,614.

The announcement about the crowdfunding success was made at Slush 2014 in Helsinki on Wednesday, a day after the launch of the Nokia N1 Android tablet.

The 7.9-inch tablet has 2,048x1,536-pixel resolution, a 1.8GHz quad-core Intel processor and a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera. It weighs 384 grams and is 8.3 millimeters thick. The most significant technical aspect of the tablet, though, might be that it runs Sailfish OS, an operating system based on Linux and first developed by Jolla for use in its smartphones.

According to the two-year-old company, Sailfish was based on the heritage of MeeGo, an open-source operating system formerly developed by Nokia, among others.

Boasting 32 GB of memory, Jolla said its tablet has the space and hardware potential to be customized. It also comes with the option to expand with a micro-SD memory card that increases storage capacity to 32 GB.

The ongoing development of Jolla -- Finnish for small boat -- has led to a community of 150,000 fans or sailors, as the company calls them. The Sailfish OS made its first appearance on Jolla's smartphone, which came out about a year ago. The phoneEUs sales were modest, which is partly attributable to the fact that it was only available in limited quantities in Finland, Russia and parts of Europe.

First Batch Gone

Already, the first batch of JollaEUs tablets, priced at $189, have sold out. As of Wednesday, a small number of $199 tablets were still available and were due to ship in spring 2015.

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