Velocity Micro’s Cruz Tablet under $300, may find home in US stores


Now here's an Android tablet that us Americans may actually be able to see and touch in our homeland stores. Engadget has uncovered the initial details and real-life shots of a prototype device called the Cruz Tablet from Velocity Micro, a company that currently sells computer products in brick-and-mortar stores across the US.

The Cruz Tablet, at just under $300, will have a 7-inch capacitive screen providing the window to Android 2.1 and Flash 10.1, all powered by an 800MHz processor. BestTabletReview uncovered some more specs, such as a 2.0MP front-facing webcam, SD card slot, accelerometer, USB port, and an included mini dock accessory. On the software front, there's a web browser, media player, and eReader apps for Borders and Kobo. A pre-loaded dictionary, alarm clock, notepad, and a few other PIM-style apps round things out.

The possibility of walking into a Fry's or one of the other stores that currently carry Velocity Micro products and actually trying out a Cruz Tablet could end up doing wonders for the public's awareness of tablets outside the iPad. All of the no-name Android tablets we've seen time and time again out of China in the past few months are probably good devices, but our chances of even sniffing one here in the US are close to nil.

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Chris King

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