Jolla to ship next batch of tablets, but not enough for everyone

Finnish mobile maker Jolla has a small batch of tablets ready to send to early backers, but said it does not have enough in production for everyone.
Written by Aimee Chanthadavong, Contributor

Finnish mobile maker Jolla announced that it will begin shipping an additional small batch of its Jolla Tablet to early backers at the start of this new year.

The company said it aims to send invitations out to potential tablet receivers during January.

Jolla noted, however, it does not have enough Jolla Tablets to hand out to all of its contributors.

"The bad news here is that we are not able to complete the production to fulfil all contributions," the company wrote in a blog post.

Jolla reassured for those backers that will miss out, they will "not end up empty handed", suggesting that it will send out other "positive surprises" it has in stock as compensation, but did not give away any further details.

The additional shipment comes after Jolla shipped a small batch of its tablets during the third-quarter of the 2015 calendar year to its crowdfunding contributors.

The mobile maker first announced its Jolla Tablet project in 2014 as part of a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. At November 2014, the campaign had raised over $1.3 million -- triple the company's original goal.

The Jolla Tablet is the first tablet from the company after it launched its first handset back in 2013.

Jolla COO Marc Dillon had previously explained the company's decision to enter the tablet market was to further demonstrate its Sailfish OS capabilities on other mobile devices.

"Putting Sailfish on a tablet allows people and companies globally to see that Sailfish really can scale and go into different kind of devices," he said.

Originally, the company had set to release the tablet in May 2015, but said it faced "unexpected setbacks" that forced the company to postpone the project schedule a handful of times, including facing "serious financing challenges" in November-December last year.

"Now that our financial situation has improved and we are slowly starting to get back to the normal operations, we are actively planning the best way to finalize the project and to find a solution that fits to both all you dear Jolla Tablet contributors and to our future business plans, together with our investors," the company said in the blog post.

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