12
Sep
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The upcoming Fusion Garage Grid 10 tablet is a different sort of beast, looking to separate itself from the current crop of Honeycomb tablets by bringing high-end specs with a low-end pricetag. How high-end, you ask? Let's have a look.

  • 10.1-inch 1366x768 display
  • 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor
  • 512MB RAM (a little on the low side, I agree)
  • 16GB storage
  • microSD slot
  • Wi-Fi and 3G variants
  • Custom "Grid OS" based on Android

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Aside from the resolution (which is higher than any other Honeycomb tablet currently out), the Grid 10 features specs that are equivalent to most other Android tablets on the market. If you'll notice, though, it's sporting a custom OS -- Grid OS, which in itself is based on Android. Because of the modifications, you won't be getting access to the Android Market or other Google goodies, but it's still Android at its core, so it can run Android apps. It will come with Fusion Garage's own app market, called the Grid Shop, but for a wider selection of Android apps, you can just toss the Amazon Appstore on there. Of course, once the device is released, there's a good chance that the dev community will get ahold of it and manipulate it in whatever way they see fit, which will inevitably mean access to Google's Android Market.

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The real story with this tablet, though, is the pricepoint: $299 for Wi-Fi only, and $399 for Wi-Fi + 3G. There's no word on which carriers the 3G variant will run on at this point, though.

The Grid 10 is expected to be available on or around the first of October -- who's interested?

[via Engadget]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • John Jones

    First question: Who is Fusion Garage?

    • Cameron Summerson

      They made the JooJoo, although they may not claim that anymore. ;)

      • John Jones

        Oooh yeah, the old CrunchPad debacle.

  • Elvis

    Any word on how much ram this baby is packing? It looks pretty amazing for that price though :o

  • Victor

    lack of google apps is a sure way to kill this tablet

  • Jaime
  • Charles Meyer

    This tablet would solve my latest issue...I've been looking for a tablet/e-reader to be able to store my gigs and gigs of security regulations and other documents for my master's program and certification exams....the best I can find is an 8 gig e reader for like 300, but I can't expand the memory on those. This solves the issue with giving me the convenience of a tablet, with the capabilities of a tablet, but also the simplicity of an e-reader. this ranks high on my list of purchases in the next few months, if it delivers as promised...

  • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com PixelSlave

    I feel sorry for them. They clearly won't have enough money/resource to directly compete with Apple by itself.

    These days, just bringing in a good product is not enough. There's an established leader in the field. To beat it, you need more than just the product itself. Where are app support? How much can they spend in marketing?

    Imagine they just spend their money into making an Android tablet that's stable and optimized for performance? At $299, they can easily put themselves at the top of the Android tablet market. The large number of existing Android users ensure that they will have an easier time when it comes to marketing.

  • Chris

    It's an interesting concept, one that capitalizes on the proven need for a cheap but well-made tablet, demonstrated by the HP TouchPad firesale a few weeks back.

    The problem is, Fusion Garage is pushing themselves out of the market by not putting close-to-stock Android, or at least Market-compatible Android on it out of the box. People want apps, and while admittedly the Android Market doesn't have a particularly wide variety of tablet apps, it has much greater potential than the 'Grid Shop.'

    Ultimately, my guess is that this is going to end up like a cheaper Notion Ink, whose UI modifications push it out of the standard Android ecosystem, but without the brand and funding to build a completely new ecosystem like Amazon is trying to do.

  • Dan

    Horrible write-up.

    * What's the viewing angle on the screen and what type of screen is it? That info is arguably more important than resolution. A 1366 screen that looks like the GTab will never be a major competitor. A 1366 screen with great viewing angles is moderately big news. Gizmodo has an opinion of the viewing angles, but why do I have to go there to find out?
    * How much does it weigh? Just like the screen angles, if it's 2 pounds, then there's probably no reason to pay any more attention to it until it's available for well under $200. If it's 1 pound, then it might be a product worth watching.
    * Does it have a camera? 2 cameras? 3 cameras? The Fusion Garage web site answers this, but it should be in the write-up.
    * What does it have for ports? Again, the web site answers this, but why isn't it listed here?
    * Can you charge from USB? If not, then this tablet has a MAJOR problem that isn't pointed out by Android Police; if you can't charge using USB, then it appears to be impossible to charge at all while USB is connected. I'll bet you a cookie that an email to Fusion Garage would get an answer to this in a couple of hours at most, so why not find out for us?
    * A 3G version? Using which type of radio? Again, info that's on the web page, but not here.

    Guys, I'm lazy. Android Police is the first place I go every morning (don't tell my boss) so that I won't have to go digging through the manufacturer's web page. I'm giving you the ad impressions every single day. I shouldn't have to go somewhere else to find basic info about devices.

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

      If you expect full specs with answers that require emailing to manufacturers and waiting for their responses that may never arrive and all of that in a news article, afraid you won't find it unless or until you're reading a review or an article that's not concentrated around a single piece of news, such as a price drop.

      I can keep coming up with questions all day, but answering them all in every article before the device in question is released and without even seeing it is simply not realistic.

      One thing I would like to do more is provide more complete specs, especially if they're readily available - this aspect we will try to improve. Thanks for your suggestion.

      • Mitch

        Woo! You tell 'em, Russ!

      • Nocturnhabeo

        :D Suddenly I have Prodigy's Smack My B!tch up playing in my head.

    • Cory K

      Are you serious with this comment??? Im having quite a hard time believing someone who frequents this great site as much as you say could even think about posting this rubbish. Well done, the douche-of-the-day award is yours, here's a cookie!!!!

    • Ahmad Nadeem

      If you are a frequent visitor of this site you might know this is just a small info provider..............they will update us when it launches.......and who are you to judge???????? The guys at Android police have a heck lot to look for........not just one single news :@

  • http://schpydurx.livejournal.com ProfessorTom

    Looks like the Grid10 isn't coming to market sooner because "new criteria in [the] Adobe Flash Player (FP) 10.3 approval process."

    Know what platform doesn't have this problem?

    Bonus: jQuery is now more popular than Flash.

  • Aaron

    I am very interested in the Grid 10. The video reviews of the OS looks great. I do agree not being able to access the Android Market initially is a killer (not an amazon appstore fan). Hopefully the development community will get behind the tablet and modifications will be available. For a $299 price at the specs it includes it looks great. An e-mail I received from the company states that they plan on staying up to date with OS upgrades as needed.

    My concerns are that instead of a micro - usb or mini hdmi port they use a "docking port" which you plug a special 10pin connector to USB or HDMI cable. If these do not come with the device they will cost 29 or 39 dollars respectively. It will also mean that that you cannot utilize the HDMI and charge at the same time. A travel charger will cost you an additional 39$ and the carry case will run 59$.

  • mamoon

    This device will pack a 1.2 Ghz. Nvidia Tegra 2 dualcore processor. Checked it on wikipedia.

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