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Velocity Micro’s Android tablet called Cruz is now available for pre-order from Borders.com and CruzReader.com at a bargain price of $299.99.

The CruzReader.com order page is currently citing a late September release date, while Borders.com is expected to ship October 15th, so you may have to wait for a number of weeks before you can get your hands on one yourself.

After seeing the specs and the price, we think this tablet could very well be a genuine competitor in the market.

Specs

What exactly are you getting for your $300? The Cruz sports:

  • Full color TFT display
  • 7” diagonal 16:9 800x480 screen
  • Capacitive touch screen
  • a rumored 800MHz CPU
  • 802.11n wifi
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4GB internal storage
  • 8GB bundled SD card
  • Android 2.1
  • Supports ePub, PDF, TXT, PDB, HTML reader files
  • MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV audio support
  • MPEG-4, H.264, H.263, MOV, AVI video support
  • JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP image support
  • Built in speakers
  • Mic and headphone jacks
  • Mini USB
  • User replaceable Li-Ion battery - up to 10+ hours of life, 24+ standby
  • Built-in Dictionary, Notepad, Calendar, Alarm Clock, Contacts, Games, and other useful apps
  • Access to over 2 Million ebooks via included Borders E-book library portal application (Kobo)
  • Access to the Cruz Market

The battery in the Cruz is reportedly good for 10 hours of usage, which is great for anyone hoping to use a tablet on the go.

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Market

Unfortunately, potential buyers might be faced with a rather substantial drawback to this otherwise promising Android tablet. As Velocity Micro isn’t a member of the Open Handset Alliance, there’s a rather high chance that the device won’t ship with Google’s stock Android applications. This includes the Android Market, so there may be a limited number of apps available for the Cruz. The specs page mentions a Cruz App Market but we so far have no information on what exactly this Market will be offering.

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We'll keep you posted on any details, should they surface before the device is released in September/October.

Source: Liliputing, CruzReader.com

John Thompson
John's been addicted to technology ever since he tinkered with his first custom built PC when he was 10 years old. He's also the proud owner of seven Amazon Kindles, but only because he destroyed the first six.

  • Kane

    Hrm, I'll wait for reviews I think. It's relatively cheap but looks thicker than the iPad, with a screen 3" smaller.

    • Aaron Gingrich

      Agreed. Looks like a step up from craptastic tablets like the Augen, but it still doesn't strike me as being good.

    • Lloyd

      DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY. I preordered the Cruz Tablet thinking that Android 2.1 would be installed (As Advertised) and it would perform well. The unit comes with Android 2.0 installed. The apps and network connection are extremely slow and froze at times. The recorder application was not installed. Flash does not work—No YouTube or anything else that uses flash. The technician with Velocity Micro technical support was courteous and informative. The technician worked with me looking for solutions. The result was the tablet operating system is NOT going to be updated, they do not know where the recorder app is, flash cannot be installed and Velocity is already working on a replacement for this Tablet (Remember that I just received this direct from the warehouse once they were drop shipped from China). I was told there would be a 15% RESTOCKING FEE. The technician was extremely honest and stated that they released the product before it was ready. I will send it back and take the 15% hit just to get rid of this paper weight! Unfortunately, I will not trust any products from Velocity Micro due to this unfortunate experience.

  • Bob

    Humm is this a link farm?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Umm... no?

  • MsMe

    How much does this baby weigh? That it's not in the specs makes me think 2 pounds or so. Might as well get a net book at that point.

    • Schlabotnik

      since the specs say 'less than 1 pound', I'm going to guess, less than 1 pond

  • http://blog.offbeatmammal.com offbeatmammal

    shame it's not 2.2 - with Exchange support this would rock.
    Similar specs already available (eg Weistech A81E) for less money ... with devices running 2.2

  • http://jazzymarketing.com Affordable Website Designs

    whats the point?
    Android os - not upgradeable.
    Android marketplace - blocked.

    save your $300 buy an iPad.

    • Phil

      I agree this is junk

  • armywife

    I bought two of these for xmas for the kids. And I thought the Evo was agrivating when I first got it???? I'm going to get flash to work if it kills me. Their store sucks. All androids are not created equal that is for sure.

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