Jolla reveals more details about its tablet

Jolla Tablet
Jolla's raised the money and now its slate is on the way

Jolla's first tablet, inspiringly called the Jolla Tablet, is something that a lot of people want if the money raised by its crowdfunding campaign is anything to go by.

The Indiegogo campaign ended recently with a total of $1,824,055 raised, which is 480% of its original goal. That extra money has allowed it to reach two stretch goals, one of which is to add a microSD card slot with support for cards of up to 128GB and the other is to add a split-screen mode.

That's alongside all the basic features of the slate, including a 64-bit 1.8GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 7.85-inch 2048 x 1536 screen, 32GB of storage, a 4300mAh battery, a 5MP main camera and a 2MP front-facing one.

Innovative OS

Of course the real star of the show is the Sailfish OS, as this will be the first tablet running it. With the exception of its split-screen feature the OS looks similar here to on the Jolla Phone, with gesture-based interactions, the ability to run Android apps alongside native Sailfish ones, and a powerful multitasking view, allowing you to interact with apps without opening them in full.

But the Jolla Tablet is also bringing some new features as it evolves the operating system to Sailfish OS 2.0 and adds the ability to customise the theme of the slate with 'Ambiences', which don't just change the look but also which apps are given prominence. For example, if you switch to 'Gaming' you'll have quick access to games from your home screen.

It also adds 'Events', which is essentially a screen dedicated to notifications, showing all your emails, reminders and more in one place.

As the campaign is finished it's no longer possible to reserve the tablet at a discounted price, but Jolla expects that it will retail for around $249 (roughly £159 / AU$299) if and when it goes on sale, which will presumably happen sometime after May 2015, when backers are expected to get their slates.

James Rogerson

James is a freelance phones, tablets and wearables writer and sub-editor at TechRadar. He has a love for everything ‘smart’, from watches to lights, and can often be found arguing with AI assistants or drowning in the latest apps. James also contributes to, and and has written for T3, Digital Camera World, Clarity Media and others, with work on the web, in print and on TV.