​Jolla takes second bite at crowdfunding with a 64GB Sailfish OS tablet

Jolla is taking a second crack at its Indiegogo campaign that crowdfunded its first tablet into existence.

Finnish mobile startup Jolla has announced a fresh crowdfunding campaign, returning to Indiegogo to offer a new 64GB version of its Sailfish OS tablet.

Jolla initially took to Indiegogo earlier this year, seeking funds to allow it to build its first tablet. The company went on to raise $300,000 over its original $1.5m target, enabling it to start manufacturing the 32GB slate and hitting its stretch goal of offering the device with microSD card support up to 128GB.

The company on Thursday announced an extension to the initial campaign. It's now offering a 64GB version of the Sailfish OS tablet, retailing for $299 - $50 over the 32GB version's $249 price tag.

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Jolla's second campaign will run until the end of February and allows early supporters - those that backed the 32GB tablet from the first campaign - to upgrade to the 64GB version for $25.

For everyone else, there's a $449 combo deal that includes the 64GB tablet and the Jolla smartphone or a $419 deal for both the phone and the 32GB tablet. The combined packages are only available in the EU, Norway, and Switzerland, while the tablet can also be bought individually in Australia and Asia.

So far, the upgrade offer has been taken up by over 1,800 people who supported the first campaign. Total funding currently stands at just over $1.9m with a total of 15,168 supporters.

Jolla has also announced hardware upgrades for the tablets: a slightly larger battery, up from 4300mAh to 4450mAh; a fully laminated display; and the inclusion of gyroscope and compass sensors. However, Jolla has scrapped the proximity sensor it had previously promised to include.

It has also announced the inclusion of microSD expandable up to 128GB for the two tablets, using an open source product. However, it's not without a hitch, however. "Due to Microsoft's licensing limitation, cards over 32GB that are formatted in Jolla Tablet will not be readable with Windows computers or devices that advertise microSDXC support (cameras/phones/tablets)," Jolla says.

Besides that, the specs remain the same between the two funding campaigns. If Jolla had cracked the $2.5m mark, it had promised to add a 3.5G wireless radio for an extra $30, though this goal hasn't been carried over to the new campaign.

It's been over a year since Jolla launched its first Sailfish OS smartphone and the company is reportedly launching a new flagship device this year. However it hasn't provided any release date. ZDNet has asked Jolla for details and will update the story if it receives a response.

In the meantime, Jolla says it is working on more software features for its Sailfish OS, including private browsing, lock screen media player controls, USB tethering in the UI, and IMAP idle and push support.

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