Thursday 23 July 2015

Jolla Tablet shipping delayed

Update on Sailfish OS Jolla Tablet shipping dates

Developers (invited) will have their Jolla Tablet in the beginning of August.

Update: More precise information on the delay, more accurate shipping dates.

Jolla Tablet shipping delayed

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Update, July 27th:

On the shipping schedule, Jolla shares that if testing and assembling of the devices goes as planned on this week, packing of the devices reserved for the developer program starts on July 31st, and shipping the devices to the members of this program is starting after that. For the first Indiegogo campaign contributors we have:
"Current estimates will put general shipments to start in end-August to mid-September."

Jolla's Chief Engineer Marko Saukko has shared a great detailed insight into the reasons of this delay. In short, Jolla Tablets with the 1st display were introduced on Slush 2014 event. Those were found not good enough, and tablets with changed (2nd) display was introduced to the audience during Mobile World Congress 2015.

This 2nd display was later found getting yellow spots on it, and additionally USB connection port didn't manage through field testing

USB port was changed to type B, which should still support also USB OTG data transfer, and hold on better in the device now.

Display was changed to 3rd version, one having similar quality with the 2nd tested model, but the one Jolla found availalbe was using different interface and the Intel chip couldn't handle that out of the box. To get the full potential out of this 3rd display, changes on PCB were also needed, delaying the shipping plan.

The 3rd, and hopefully the final version of the display now has

  • balanced color spectrum
  • contrast ratio of 1000:1
  • luminance of 460 cd/m2
exceeding for example iPad 2 Display in quality, at least on the paper. Later laminating, however, will have an effect on these values in real use, but we're looking at an excellent display here.

Original post, July 23rd:

Tablet was introduced on the end of November, 2014 and the original plan was to start shipping the Indiegogo funded Jolla Tablet during May 2015. This has now been delayed, but why?

Jolla Ltd. faces issues both regarding software (Sailfish OS 2.0 development) and hardware (Display), and now they mention the display as the main cause for the delay. According to them, display was later changed to a better one, but no specs has been shared on what's changed in the screen.

Earliest possible shipping date, according to Jolla blog, is in the end of August (start of the developer program added by three weeks)

Latest possible shipping date is yet unknown, as Jolla mentions 3-5 weeks after that program, and we have no idea how long this program is supposed to be.

Expected shipping: If we give the developers a week or two, we could expect the first tablets to be shipped to crowfunders in the middle of September, 5 months after the original plan.

The tablet won "The Best of Mobile" prize during Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, awarded by Trusted Reviews. Crowdfunders have been patient, trusting their tablet will arrive when it's ready. In the end of the campaign some feedback was given for bad communications regarding the campaign, but lately Jolla has been sharing updates more recently, except for the new display specs still expected.

Jolla wants to ensure that the testing is done first, not hurrying with the shipping, as they want to deliver their customers a high end product. However, the hardware might get outdated in the eyes of new customers if there will be any further delays.

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By: Review Jolla
Sources: Jolla Blog (1), Jolla Blog (2)
Published: 2015-07-23 11:17 UTC
Updated: 2015-07-27 19:44 UTC


  1. I am still confused why people are bantering about old hardware, when Sailfish OS can run in Dual core processor with just 1 GB of RAM. I'd say 2 GB of RAM and quad core processor is more than sufficient for Sailfish OS 2.0 to run smoothly.

    1. The processor might not be an issue, but as a multitasking OS and watching how all the content is growing in size, the RAM is an important matter.

      Also the GPU is an important part, as on Jolla Phone's graphic chip it's producing 540 x 960 pixels graphic (0.5 Mpx) while on Tablet there's six times more on 1536 x 2048 display (3.1 Mpx)

    2. Sorry , it's not six times more, only fibe, but six times as much... just.go be mathematically correct �� Roland

    3. Dont worry, Intel HD gpu can cope with this resolution.

  2. the issue here is the shipping, i guess the shipping and logistics need to say their reason about this one. Delayed shipping is not for a business. Clients will get annoyed of it.