Crowdfunding Jolla, a GNU/Linux-powered high-spec tablet

It runs an OS called Sailfish that can use Android apps as well its own native apps, and was created by a team with a bunch of senior Nokia refugees on it.

The tablet itself is super high-spec and competitively priced (and total vapourware at this point, caveat emptor). The OS is built on GNU/Linux with the Qt application framework. The company advertises itself as privacy-friendly and promises never to sell or share your data and not to build in any intentional back-doors.

I took a flutter and pre-ordered one.


We want you to tell us how you want your Jolla Tablet to be. It doesn’t matter who you are, you’ll get your voice heard in our community forum together.jolla.com. It’s here that users can suggest new features for Sailfish OS, as well as discuss ideas with the Jolla Sailors (our development team). Our community votes on whether they’d like to see proposed ideas developed further. Anything that has been voted on by the community is prioritised by the Jolla Sailors.

Our community is a vital part of the process and plays a huge role in making something that is people-made. We already have a solid track record after implementing four out of the eight most voted features to our first product, the Jolla smartphone, during 2014.

Jolla Tablet - world's first crowdsourced tablet

(via OMG Ubuntu)

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  1. I'm a little dubious. I assume that by "Quad-Core Intel" they mean something like an Atom Z3745, but that's a fairly pricey part. The screen is a good $75 if they get a deal and order a lot. They're not going to have any margin on these devices at all. Battery life is going to be pretty disappointing too.

    I guess the real question is how much you want a tablet with no app store. Hopefully the thing comes with clang pre-installed. This has a lot of horsepower, but I'm not sure what I would use it for.

    Apparently the OS is heavily gesture based as well, which is going to give it a steep learning curve. You can't just look for a button to press, you have to figure out what magical swipe does the action you want.

  2. No app store = no shitty zynga like ad & virus loaded games

    Win win all around

  3. daneel says:

    Sailfish got some crappy reviews for the phone version. Shame it doesn't have Maemo/Harmattan

    This...? I'm getting JooJoo / Grid vibes from it. Still, it made its funding target, and quickly, although it wasn't much money.

  4. daneel says:

    It'll probably have access to the Yandex store.

  5. SamSam says:

    From the campaign:

    Besides running its own native apps, Sailfish OS has the capability to run Android apps. You can continue using your favourite apps like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as well as downloading all the latest ones via the Jolla Store and other Android app marketplaces.

    I have to admit, I'm intrigued: the device looks beautiful, and the price point is very good. But with no way to try out the software, and no evidence that the battery life is any good, I'll have to hold out until people have actually used and reviewed it.

    But they get an A+ on the form factor.

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