Jolla Tablets on Taobao: What's happening?
Taobao is selling Jolla Tablet. Should I buy it?
Besides ReviewJolla , there might be something useful.
Sailfish OS android tablet flashing tool included :)
Things on Jolla Side
Jolla has close the Jolla Tablet project . But Jolla will still send a small branch of Jolla Tablet to Indiegogo backers. According to The Interview by ReviewJolla , the number of tablets might be around 400.
Here comes the Taobao
All of a sudden, some Jolla Tablets are available on Taobao !
First branch of Taobao Tablet
Are these real Jolla Tablets? Some fans didn't think much and order it. And the truth is: they indeed are JOLLA Tablets!
That is so ironic. Jolla NEVER sells their phones in mainland China(for some reasons). Then they refunded the backers from China on Indiegogo (before the project actually starts). Now, Jolla Tablet are first sold in China? (maybe illegal selling though)
Second branch of Taobao Tablet
It seems that our production partner from China started selling some tables which were already produced and in their stock. We are discussing with them that they would stop sales immediately
Soon after that, the online-store closed:
We: Will you sell more Jolla Tablets?
Seller: I don't know.
We: You don't know? So you can only get this branch of tablets?
Seller: It's hard to say wether we can get more of it.
We: Did the first branch delivered?
Seller: We'll deliver they tomorrow.
After that, more "Taobao Tablets" are available on Taobao. Generally they can be divided into:
- Ango Tablet
- Android-based Tablet
- Jolla Tablet
Ango Tablet looks familiar with Jolla Tablet, with MIUI(android-based) installed.
Some sellers replace the Ango Tablet with Jolla Tablet shell. What's more, one guy even make/edit an Android OS that the UI looks much like Sailfish OS.
Picture from Baidu Tieba
Jolla Tablet has the "Jolla" Logo on the mainboard. It has much better hardware than Ango Tablet
Picture from Baidu Tieba
There are also some Android Tablets on sale. The sellers promise that these are Jolla Tablet(hardware) with Android OS pre-installed.
Some will help to flash Sailfish OS back if customer requests Sailfish OS. Some will simply give a "HOWTO flash Sailfish OS/Android OS" guide.
There are still real Jolla tablets. It not only has the Sailfish OS pre-installed, but also with full-features, including Android-Support, MS-Exchange (Note these are not available on a community version of Sailfish OS).
My friend got one on taobao:
Note the Android apps on the tablets. It has the Android-Support.
Third branch of Taobao Tablet
Jolla Tablets are still selling on Taobao.
Though Antti Saarnio said they are only android tablets :
The approx 500 devices we aim to ship to IGG backers are from the same batch as these devices. Unfortunately the manufacturer had already sold the few hundred devices to resellers before we could get them back.
According to the report from ReviewJolla , Jolla got 540 more tablets from the factory, but 400+ has already sold to others.
Some Taobao Store opened the pre-order for Jolla Tablet (For the time I write this post, it does not require pre-order anymore. You can buy one directly).
Picture from Baidu Tieba
Please also note: even you get a real Jolla Tablet from taobao, there is no any official support from Jolla.
These tablets do not have official support. Even access to Jolla Store and system updates is unsure.
This depends a lot on what changes have been made to these tablets. They are not ours, so we can not comment any further.
Juhani Lassila / ReviewJolla
HOWTO Flash Sailfish OS
How to install Sailfish OS on the Android tablet? Will the Android-Support get lost?
My friend (I mentioned above) flashed an Android OS on the Jolla Tablet, then re-installed Sailfish OS back following the WHOTO guide. The result is: The re-installed Sailfish OS has the Android-Support. It's exactly the same as the original Sailfish OS.
Here is the guide he used. Please note I do NOT have any guarantee. Use it at your own risk.
Download Link: http://pan.baidu.com/s/1kUarmUb
Rumors or Truth?
There are some fun stories about Jolla. It's told by some Chinese Jolla fans. It may only be rumors:
First, this is not the first time that Jolla's devices got into mainland China unofficially. Before Jolla officially started selling Jolla Phone, there are some people who got Jolla Phone and sold here. Then Jolla HongKong noticed it and announced that these devices would be locked. However, they didn't do that. But the posts about "selling Jolla Phone" are deleted.
Second, why the Ango tablet and Jolla tablet look alike? Someone said that Jolla sold the appearance design of Jolla tablet to Ango.
I don't know wether these are true or not. But no one can confirm these except Jolla.
Some Pictures of Jolla Tablet
These are some pictures from my friend. If you need to share these, please tell me or him first (if you can connect with him...).
It might be this store according to his description. Please note I do NOT know much about this store, nor do I have any guarantee. ↩