Jolla tablet smashes crowdfunding goal in just two hours

Student Using Tablet

The Jolla tablet seems to be a massive hit with online crowdfunders.

Only two hours after successfully launching their all-new tablet on crowdfunding website Indiegogo, Jolla have amazingly smashed through their initial goal of $380,000. 

Funding doesn't appear to be slowing either with the total pledged at the time of writing sitting at $456,749. The first batch of tablets priced at $189 for the first 1000 contributors sold out super quick; the $199 option has also sold out, but there are plenty of the $204 options still available.

So what is this tablet all about? Well it is manufactured by Jolla, a company originally known for their smartphone that launched in parts of Europe last year. The tablet has a 7.9-inch display with a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 and runs on a 1.8GHz quad-core processor accompanied by 2GB of RAM.

It has a 5MP rear camera and 2MP front-facing, as well as coming with 32GB on internal storage and a SD card slot so you can expand it up to your hearts content.

What sets this tablet apart from the rest though is the operating system that it runs. It's not one of the cheap Android tablets that you would expect for this sort of price, instead it has Sailfish 2.0 installed.

Sailfish 2.0 has been fully developed by Jolla themselves and it is based off of the Linux operating system that runs on some PCs. The OS is centred around gestures for navigation and its most impressive feature looks to be multitasking; on the Jolla tablet's multitasking window all your open applications will be live, so you won't have to switch between them to see what's going on.

Unfortunately it doesn't have access to the thousands of apps that you can find in the Google Play Store, but you can download apps from other third party stores like Apptoid or the Amazon app store.

Jolla are estimating that their tablets will ship in May 2015, and it is available in the the UK, wider Europe, the US, India, China, Hong Kong and Russia.