Early Indiegogo supporters of the Sailfish OS-based 8 incher will still be prioritized for shipments “in a few weeks”, while new “backers” are promised to receive their “distinctive” slates in October.
Seeing as how the Android/iOS duopoly that characterizes the mobile landscape nowadays isn’t really threatened by Windows Phone or BlackBerry, perhaps a rookie could leap directly to the number three spot in the OS ranks.
Tizen is an obvious candidate, especially with Samsung’s expertize, financial resources and marketing muscle behind it, whereas Sailfish OS has part of the Nokia team once responsible for MeeGo recommending it.
Not exactly the greatest legacy, but somehow, that was enough to convince people the Jolla Tablet deserved $2.5 million+ to get off the ground late last year. Mind you, the Finland-headquartered enterprise founded in 2011 only asked for $380K in funding.
Significantly modified in the meantime, Sailfish OS 2.0 is “fully gesture-based” and aims to offer “the best multitasking experience on the market”, with full control handed over to the user to “manage all running apps conveniently.”
Sounds… intriguing, at the very least, and the price feels right, given also the top-notch hardware included in the deal and Android compatibility. With a “fully laminated” 2,048 x 1,536 pix res 7.85-inch display, quad-core 1.8 GHz Intel Bay Trail SoC, 2 GB RAM, 5 MP/2 MP cameras and 32 or 64 GB internal storage space, the Jolla Tablet starts at around €267.
That takes into account VAT and amounts to roughly $300, but stateside, where you don’t have to pay the 24 percent tax, the entry-level configuration costs $240. Not too shabby, and if 32 gigs of hoarding room isn’t enough, you can always add 128GB more via a microSD card.
The 64GB model is priced at €299 for buyers across the European Union, as well as Norway and Switzerland. The Jolla Tablet is also up for pre-orders in Canada, Australia, India, Hong Kong and Russia, obviously with limited inventory. Hurry up… if the prospect of trying up something new and different doesn’t scare you.