Finnish smartphone vendor Jolla today updated its tablet launch program after mobilizing $380,000 in two hours of starting Jolla Tablet crowd-sourcing project on 19 November, 2014.
The first Jolla tablet shipments are expected to start in the second quarter of 2015.
Following requests from Jolla community, the company will make several changes — including 3.5G cellular data — to the new tablet.
One year after the launch of the Jolla smartphone, the Jolla Tablet campaign has received nearly $1.3 million in contributions.
Marc Dillon, Co-founder and COO of Jolla, said: “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.”
The new Jolla Tablet crowd-funding campaign goals include new hardware and software features to the product once campaign targets are reached.
The ultimate goal, 3.5G HSDPA cellular data support, is unlocked when the campaign hits $2.5 million. After reaching this target, Jolla Tablet owners within the EU can upgrade their Jolla tablet to a 3.5G HSDPA version for $30. Jolla is looking into making the 3.5G version available in other markets later on.
Split screen user interface and MicroSDHC memory card extension up to 128GB are the other demands of Jollo community.
Jolla also announced a new business model of micro-distribution, targeted for entrepreneurs and small companies. This model will enable anyone interested to easily and affordably become a Jolla micro-distributor by participating to the Jolla Tablet campaign.
All participants will receive a ~30 percent discount from the expected retail price and direct access to supporting Jolla marketing assets once purchasing as low as 20 units at once with a package price of $3,499.