TABLET MAKER Fusion Garage has confirmed UK pricing for its Grid 10 tablet and announced that its smartphone will soon be coming to the UK.
The WiFi only version of the Grid 10 tablet will cost £259, while the WiFi and 3G model will be priced at £359. Fusion Garage CEO Chandra Rathakrishnan told The INQUIRER that the tablet has "the highest screen resolution of any tablet" at 1366x768.
Last month, we reported that Fusion Garage had stepped back into the limelight, following up its widely criticised Joojoo tablet.
The firm's disastrous Joojoo unit failed to live up to the claims of the firm's founder, Rathakrishnan.
Now Fusion Garage has a custom version of Google's Android operating system, called Grid OS. It can run Android apps but they must be accessed through Amazon's app store rather than the Android Market.
The 10.1in tablet has a dual-core 1.2GHz Tegra processor and 16GB of storage. It uses Microsoft Bing as its internet search engine and has a front facing camera for video chat but no rear facing camera as Rathakrishnan thought it unnecessary.
Meanwhile, the Grid 4 is a 4in smartphone that has a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chip. No UK pricing has been announced for the phone as yet, but it costs $399 in the US. The device will launch in the UK in the fourth quarter and Fusion Garage is currently in talks with operators and retailers about stocking it.
The Grid 10 tablet will be available at Amazon from 15 September.
The tablet is reasonably priced and its custom operating system gives it some nice features. However Fusion Garage will need get the smartphone and tablet to mobile operators and into electronics retail stores to stand a chance at succeeding. µ
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