I had the extreme pleasure of talking to the Jolla team at Mobile World Congress (MWC) this year and I have to say that I’m excited for the Jolla Tablet. The hardware I demoed at MWC was spot on in design and construction, it felt nothing short of premium. The OS (Sailfish 2.0) also looked polished, clean, crisp and minimal very slick and responsive. Overall I enjoyed the 20 minutes I had with the demo unit and a lot of the functions were really a pleasure to use. Jolla is based in Finland and is comprised of some ex-Nokia employees who launched a Jolla smartphone back in 2013. Jolla took to Indiegogo to get their Jolla tablet off the ground otherwise it would have never made it.
The specs for the tablet are:
- 7.85″ display 2048×1536 resolution
- 64-bit 1.8GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3735F chipset
- Intel HD Graphics
- 2GB RAM
- 5MP rear cam / 2MP front cam
- 32GB / 64GB storage
- MicroSD slot supports up to 128GB
- 4450mAh battery
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
- Bluetooth 3.0
- Dimensions 203x137x8.3mm – Weight 384 grams
The tablet runs on the company’s homegrown Sailfish 2.0 which supports Sailfish apps while also offering compatibility to Android apps. In addition, Sailfish OS also offers multi-tasking, gesture-based user interface, and fast interaction. The company touts security sophstication in its new tablet, noting that there isn’t any “backdoor,” and also third-party apps can’t track users’ activities.
The Jolla Tablet is going to run you €267/299 ($303/340) which might seem a bit much to some but after using this at MWC I think it’s worth it. The only hesitation some may have is the non-Android OS even though it supports Android apps, which you can get from the Amazon store. This certainly isn’t a tablet for everyone and Jolla is only offering limited supplies but overall (without having a review unit) I think it could be a great tablet for some.