The dimensions are 203 x 137 x 8.3 mm in size and technical features put in competition with the iPad 4 mini, a device that exceeds on some specifications.
Looking at the technical specifications it’s clear that this is a Jolla Tablet, but not branded by Jolla though.
The rear shell is anthracite gray, with the AIGO and Intel® marks, the gray sides and the black front. Industrial design is edgy and unusual, which makes it very Scandinavian – even if it was a design made in China by AIGO -.
Starting from this good foundation, Jolla created a personalisation with “improvements in materials, even if they seem at first glance the same (?)”: The result was the Jolla Tablet. See to the JT page for comparison. Considering the few differences, it can surprise the amount of money spent and all the difficulties encountered by the Finnish startup, but we also consider the costs for the creation of packaging, booklets, stickers and graphics that accompany the Jolla Tablet.
Cinese design Is that a shame? Not much.
The fact that Jolla Tablet has often been publicised by referring to “Finnish design” or in any case to the famous “Scandinavian design” is not correct from an advertising point of view, but from the point of view of a young startup is not a problem.
In 2014, Jolla Oy bravely tried to launch into the competitive tablet market: at the time he took care of hardware and software together (Jolla 1), and then the Jolla Tablet was presented as ‘designed by Jolla’.
Over time we know that it was a personalisation or rather an aesthetic modding of the Aigo Tablet… but just deal with it!
Both devices have a sharp, minimalist design with a ‘Scandinavian’ flavor, with a personality and ergonomics superior to the mass of rounded devices on the market. And the technical specifications have nothing to envy to iPad mini 4, (compact tablet that after 2014 Apple has not updated anymore, ed).
To deepen and understand how the hardware industry works, there is the interesting post by Venemo on Jolla Together:
-> This is how the hardware industry works
Differences from Jolla Tablet
Display and PCB
Aigo and Jolla Tablet uses different screen LCD: Aigo screen is from LG and Jolla Tab from Sharp. It’s basically the same.
Original JT may have more saturated colors.
Slightly different in pcb and “Hardware version” shown under info options being different. Don’t rely too much on that because updating Sailfish from 1.x to 2.x the number can change.
The battery here is 4300 mAh vs a 4450 mAh in JT. Minimum difference.
The chassis is a “dark gray” colour, with front black. There is no Jolla logo in chassis, but the AIGO instead.
There is no ambient light sensor in the Aigo device.
Any of these differentials affect the user experience of Sailfish Os in a perceptible way.
Where to buy
During latest months, the Aigo Tablet was available on Jolla-Devices STORE, at this address.
To note that there was flashing service included.
On February the Aigo run out of stock from our Chinese source, but it’s still available – as Android device – in few alternative stores in the world.
We have spotted the Aigo Tablet here:
- Evybuy store – 200$
This chinese/HK e-commerce site is open to the world and allow a so easy buying experience.
Price is so high, but the shipping is free (and slow).
- Bestincost Russia – 250€ approx
If you’re in Russia, this is your chance. Overpriced thought.
- ebay – 250$
This new seller, appeared magically on February, sell the Aigo as ‘clone of Jolla Tablet’. We have the feeling that he is our chinese wholesaler who decided to sell independently. And doing the same service ?.
Gallery with model
- 7.85 “IPS capacitive
- 2048 x 1536, 330 ppi
- 5 points multi-touch
- Fully laminated
- 5 MP rear camera
- Full HD 1080p video
- 2 MP front room
Processing & Memory
- Intel® Atom ™ Processor Z3735F; Quad Core 64-bit 1.8 GHz
- Intel® HD Graphics GPU
- 2 GB memory (DDR3L-RS)
- 16 GB storage, MicroSD slot (up to 32 GB confirmed)
- Thickness: 8.3 mm
- Weight: 384 g
- 3.8V / 4300 mAh
- 802.11 a / b / g / n dual-band
- A-GPS and GLONASS
- Micro-USB OTG
- 3.5 mm audio jack
Known issues & more
The Aigo Tablet, as a twin, or better as a hardware base of the Jolla Tablet, suffers from the same problems.
The community, over the months has done a good job of reporting, and the most pressing initial problems (lagging, crash) have been solved with Sailfish 2.x and later.
There are some ‘minor’ bugs left, which we remember they afflict both Aigo Tablet and JT.
Autonomy, standby issue
The tablet does not seem to have an efficient standby mode, or rather the ‘deep sleep’ in which we leave the iPad forgetting to turn them off. For a problem of not adapting Sailfish to the hardware, this mode of energy saving is not activated and consumption remains high. To limit this problem we found some solutions:
- make a habit of turning off the Tablet when you do not plan to use it anymore
- disable Android support increases autonomy up to 100%
- activate airplane mode between breaks to save an additional 15%
Upgrade for spare part battery
The unsuccessful closure of the JT campaign has opened a discussion on the problem of replacement batteries: fortunately, the user launchpad has identified in the battery for Acer Iconia Tab 8 a compatible replacement.
This is a more capacious battery from 3.8V, 4900mAh, which in its measurements with ammeter was 6600mAh in the first cycles!
For more info read the Battery replacement JT thread on Jolla Together.
The wall charger
Aigo Tablet is provided usually with a Chinese-format wall charger. The interesting thing is that, as written in its back chassis, it’s compatible with 2A charger!
This is why the charge with a standard 1A EU wall chargers is slow!
That said the Aigo tablet doesn’t officially support Quick charge 2 or 3, so better don’t use unofficial fast charger.
After our pairing test with Nokia Play 360 BT Speaker, it seem that Aigo/JollaTablet’s bluetooth works. See the video.