Jolla, former Nokia engineers, to ship crowd-funded tablet next May

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Jolla, a smartphone developer from Finland that was established by a group of former Nokia engineers and managers, this week announced plans to launch the world’s first crowd-funded tablet based on the Sailfish 2.0 operating system and Intel Corp.’s system-on-chip. The tablet will ship next May and Jolla will ask people what features they want to be implemented.

After Nokia Corp. decided to abandon its MeeGo operating system and focus on Windows Phone, a group of software developers from the company formed the company called Jolla. The company’s Sailfish operating system is heavily based on MeeGo, Qt, Linux and other open-source programs. The platform can run applications developed for Sailfish as well as Google Android, which makes it pretty useful. Jolla started to sell its first smartphone in 2013 and currently the handsets are available across Europe and in the U.S.

Jolla has already developed hardware of its tablet – it will feature 7.85” display with 2048*1536 resolution, a quad-core Intel Atom 1.80GHz system-on-chip based on the Silvermont micro-architecture, 2GB of DDR3L-RS memory, 32GB of NAND flash storage, 5MP rear and 2MP front cameras, various sensors and so on. A contract manufacturer will produce the Jolla tablet.

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