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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Jolla plans to add mobile data to its crowd-funded Sailfish tablet

Indiegogo campaign raises three times as much as the original target

A crowd-funded campaign by Finnish mobile company Jolla to produce a new tablet device has raised more than three times as much money as it needed.

As a result, the company is planning to add the option of 3G HSDPA mobile data connectivity to the forthcoming Jolla Tablet. In addition, it’ll introduce a split-screen user interface and the ability to handle MicroSDHC memory cards of up to 128GB.

Supporters have raised almost $1.3 million (£814,000) so far, with 13 days of the campaign still to run on crowd-funding site Indiegogo.

Marc Dillon, co-founder and COO of Jolla, said “We are overwhelmed with how quickly we reached the initial goal in the campaign, and also of the great success so far. A huge thanks goes to our worldwide community for the strong support. Now we are proud to announce new campaign goals, including the 3.5G cellular data support, one of the most requested features by our community.”

All the new features will be added if the campaign manages to raise $2.5 million by 9th December 2014.

Customers can currently pledge $209 plus $20 shipping (around £175 with VAT) for a single tablet or $3,499 for a batch of 20 tablets.

Jolla’s tablet runs its Sailfish OS, which is compatible with Android applications.

Shipping is expected to start from the second quarter of 2015.

Author: The Fonecast
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