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I'm excited to announce some pre-announcement here before the "official announcement" comes in TJC and official Jolla channels in coming days.

In short, Jolla tablet will be mass-produced again in its original form and with a choice of 128GB capacity.

Some of you have probably noticed some hint.

The story behind it is a coincidence, while I am working with the team in China for the Moto Z Keyboard Mod, I was talking about the whole Linux and Sailfish demand with the owner of the R&D house, to see if there is any chance that we can do some Linux machines for our community. We talked about Jolla phone, tablet, and future projects.

It was only at concept stage until I told him, Jolla Tablet was the best first party device Jolla released but sadly it wasn't widely available and the project turned out being an fiasco for Jolla. He was curious how the device looks like and I showed him --- It turned out that this is HIS DESIGN! He doesn't know the story behind Jolla's crowdfunding failure, and was only informed that the factory has cancelled the big order. So they moved on to other projects and forgot this one.

Now since this is clear, we dug-out some 2-year-old archives... All the MD files are there, the PCB layout is there, component BOM is there. Great! We then checked with the supplier, camera module, IC, chipset availability.... screen availability... Yes, we can still purchase it! (This is another coincidence, normally quite some chips will be discontinued after a period of time)

Now we are ready. No software adaptation needed, no tooling cost and moulding cost needed, no NRE needed, no software engineering cost needed, we can instantly put it into assembling line!

The next question will be branding... Obviously we can't use Jolla, and we are not interested to use 3rd party brand, so we created a new brand for this product.

We plan to release within the same specs (due to the chipset limitation, RAM can not be added) with the same price. You may be asking why same price, because 2K screen and eMMC chip price has gone up dramatically over previous years, and we have to pay Jolla additional licence fees. CPU also have some shortage but we are official partner with Intel and they will secure chipset supply within a reasonable price range.

The prototype is under assembling will be ready by next week.

There will be an 128GB version, as well as previous 32/64GB version. And will have a special colour.

Please tell us what your opinions,suggestions are? Will you considering buying one if this is available to pre-order in the next couple of weeks? Device will ship in 45 days after putting into manufacturering line.

I'm excited!!

P.S: Early prototypes below has the Intel and Sailfish Logos horizontally aligned, we then decided to use vertical design.

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Update 6th July 2017:

The campaign is live now

The 128GB version is cancelled because of the emmc price goes too high recently...

Once we received the funding we will buy the components and put them into assemble line, the manufacture process takes about 45 days. The estimated shipping date is September 2017.

Thank you for your great support!!
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I will buy
 

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...... We will also re-design the case to make it keyboard friendly.
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I will buy, provided that it comes with official Jolla support.
 

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I will buy, provided that it comes with official Jolla support.
Yes 100% official support. Inc. Alien Dalvik and MS Exchange.
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So performance wise will it be the same? Is ram same? I like my Jolla tablet but it could use faster processor. Increased memory is great news.
 

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So performance wise will it be the same? Is ram same? I like my Jolla tablet but it could use faster processor. Increased memory is great news.
It will be exact same. Changing processor and RAM will involve:

- A complete re-engineering on software inc. Alien Dalvik. Which not only cost money but a lot time.

- Re-work on PCB design, same time and effort as above.

I'd love to have a better specs but for our current time and funding constraints using same design is much more feasible.

For future devices with a more powerful hardware, we will start working very shortly. They take a lot time.
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Sure i would buy another one.
Using it daily and have unnecessary fights with my daughter whos turn it is

Are "you" paying fees to Jolla for using sailfish then? Are there any royalties attached for using the old design? Who owns "it" currently?

My head just imploded under a million other questions but those would clear up most for me.
 

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Sure i would buy another one.
Using it daily and have unnecessary fights with my daughter whos turn it is

Are "you" paying fees to Jolla for using sailfish then? Are there any royalties attached for using the old design? Who owns "it" currently?

My head just imploded under a million other questions but those would clear up most for me.
"I" will team with our design partner as "We" using brand "Youyota", We will pay Jolla licence fee.

No Royalties as the old design was designed by "us", or our design house more preciously.

We own it now.

More questions are welcomed.
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I am interested in this too. What about shipping? Are there problems to get them to Europe or is there a little help by Jolla?

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