If there's one thing to be learned from the HP TouchPad, it's that people love cheap. The iPad has a dominating lead in the overall tablet space, but nothing gets the masses worked up like a fire sale on a previously-comparably-priced item. Velocity Micro is the latest on the block with cheap options for those who aren't entirely sold on the iPad, with the new Cruz T408 and Cruz T410 designed to be the fastest, most feature laden tablets on the market for under $300.
The 8" Cruz T408 and the 10" Cruz T410 will ship with a 1GHz Cortex A8 CPU, front-facing cameras, 802.11n Wi-Fi, a premium software suite including full versions of Angry Birds Rio and QuickOffice, Flash 10.3, Android 2.3 and a 1-year warranty. The Cruz T408 and T410 will be available by the end of September from most major electronics retailers in the US, and while they aren't undercutting one of Lenovo's new sub-$200 options, they're still a solid option for those looking to save a bit.
Velocity Micro Announces the Availability of Two Remarkably Affordable New Android Tablets
Velocity Micro Cruz T408 and Cruz T410 designed to be the fastest, most feature laden tablets on the market for under $300
RICHMOND, VA - September 7, 2011 - Velocity Micro, the premier builder of award winning enthusiast desktops, laptops, peripherals, and the remarkable Cruz tablet, announces the availability of two new Android tablets - the 8" Cruz T408 and the 10" Cruz T410. Designed by Velocity Micro's team of world class engineers to emphasize speed, content, style, and value, these newly announced Cruzes provide all of the features consumers are craving while still hitting an attractive pricepoint, making them the perfect devices to tap into a new market of value conscious shopper. The T408 and T410 will retail at $239.99 and $299.99 respectively.
"With these new tablets, we've leveraged our years of expertise in building premium, award winning desktops to create two new devices that are fast, feature rich, and amazingly affordable," said Randy Copeland, President and CEO of Velocity Micro. "Making expensive, jaw dropping products is easy – speed and value are what we focused on with these new devices. We’ve succeeded in both regards with the T408 and T410. They’re really fast and very affordable."
The 4:3 aspect ratio 8” Velocity Micro Cruz T408 is thin and lightweight, the perfect size for on the go users unwilling to sacrifice on power or functionality. At just $239.99, it’s the first 8-inch tablet to offer a premier customer experience at a mainstream value. Featuring a lustrous design with smooth, clean lines and thin bezels for a sleek appearance, the 16:9 ratio 10" Velocity Micro Cruz T410 has all the look and feel of a premium Android tablet but at $299.99, comes at almost half the price.
Key features and specs of both the Cruz T408 and T410 include:
* Ultra responsive capacitive touch screens * 1GHz Cortex A8 processors * Front facing cameras * 802.11n Wi-Fi * A premium software suite including full versions of Angry Birds Rio and QuickOffice™ * Content via Amazon® Kindle™ for Android * Downloadable Apps from the Amazon Appstore preinstalled - access to thousands of pretested applications * A fully licensed version of Adobe® Flash® Player 10.3 * Android™ version 2.3 (Gingerbread) * 1-year parts and labor warranty with premium 100% US-based, non-tiered support
The Cruz T408 and T410 will be available by the end of September from most major electronics retailers in the US. For more information on these new devices or on the Cruz line, visit CruzTablet.com.