Jolla opens up pre-orders for its next batch of tablets

After crowdfunding its first tablet run, the Finnish startup is now opening up orders for its slates.

The Jolla Tablet. Image: Jolla

Finnish hardware maker Jolla has begun taking orders for its eponymous tablet.

Jolla, the company started by former Nokia execs, announced the tablet late last year, and began an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to finance the production of an initial batch of slates.

After receiving almost five times the funding it was looking for, Jolla is starting to sell the slate through more traditional channels. The company is now taking orders for its next batch of devices through its website, priced at €267 for a tablet with 32GB memory and €299 for 64GB.

The device can be bought by those in the EU, as well as Norway, Switzerland, United States, Canada, Australia, India, Hong Kong, and Russia, and Jolla Tablets in the current run are expected to be delivered in September or October.

The 7.85-inch display Jolla Tablet is powered by a 1.8GHz Intel Bay Trail processor, has 2GB of RAM, and comes with a two-megapixel front-facing camera and a five-megapixel rear-facing equivalent.

Its distinguishing feature, however, is its choice of OS: the Jolla Tablet runs on the 2.0 version of Sailfish, the company's homegrown operating system based on MeeGo. Jolla also released a smartphone running on Sailfish in 2013.

However, in July the startup announced that it was splitting its hardware and software divisions into separate companies: the former would continue building devices while the latter would focus on finding OEMs to license Sailfish and building an ecosystem around the OS.

Last month, Jolla announced its first licensee, Indian smartphone maker Intex. Earlier this year, it also confirmed it was working on a more Russia-centric version of the OS, integrating local services.

The company has always been keen to prioritise the software side of its business: back in 2012, the company announced the Sailfish Alliance, a group of companies who contributed significant investment to fund the growth of the Sailfish ecosystem. In March this year, it announced plans to reinvigorate the alliance.