We first got wind of the Jolla Tablet back in late 2014 when the device launched on Indiegogo. The Sailfish OS 2.0 device hit its funding goal within hours of going live, and the first units were slated to start going out in May 2015. Things have been a little rocky for Jolla lately, though, and the company recently revealed that it won’t be able to ship the Jolla Tablet to everyone that backed the device.
In a post on its official blog, Jolla announced that the Jolla Tablet project hit some “serious unexpected setbacks” last year that resulted in the device being delayed several times. Now the company has determined that it won’t be able to produce enough Jolla Tablet units to fulfill all of the Indiegogo contributions, meaning that not all of the backers will get a device. Jolla does say that it will ship a “small batch” of devices to early backers of the campaign sometime in early 2016.
Jolla doesn’t say how it will make things up to the Jolla Tablet backers that won’t be getting a unit. However, it does say that they won’t be left empty-handed, teasing that there may be some “positive surprises” in store and promising to share more details later.
The Jolla Tablet impressed us when we played with a unit at CES 2015, offering features like a 7.85-inch 2048x1536 display and premium body for a price that started at $219. Unfortunately, 2015 was a rough year for Jolla, with the company experiencing setbacks with this tablet as well as a delayed round of funding that resulted in layoffs. Now it’s revealed that some folks that showed their support for the Jolla Tablet in its early days won’t actually get a device. That’s pretty disappointing news, especially since the Indiegogo campaign took place more than one year ago, so hopefully Jolla has something pretty nice planned for those backers that won’t be getting a Jolla Tablet.