Finally, the day of unveiling has arrived. If you remember last week, we reported about the official launch of the TabCo tablet this morning, and just like they promised, the tablet was unveiled. So, did the tablet live up to all the hype it was generating? Well, I’ll leave that up to you to decide. For starters, TabCo has turned out to be a company named Fusion Garage. Just in case you don’t know who they are, they’re the guys behind the original JooJoo tablet.
And now, the million dollar question – what operating system will the tablet be running on? It’s not MeeGo as initially speculated, and neither is it Android or any other OS already available. It will be running on Grid Fusion’s own proprietary operating system known as GridOS. It is based on the Android kernel, so it will be able to run Android apps (yay!) though it will also have its own app store: the Grid Shop. The tablet will be named the Grid10 (named after its OS) with the 10 signifying the size of the device.
The specs of the tablet? A 10.1″ (1366 x 768) display, NVIDIA Tegra 2 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, a front facing 1.3-megapixel camera, 16GB of storage, 3G connectivity, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, Micro SIM card slot, a docking port (for charging, HDMI, and USB), a MicroSD card slot, and a 5,800mAh battery.
Judging by initial comments on TabCo’s Facebook wall, and on other tech blogs, it doesn’t look like people are too impressed by initial reactions to the device. Honestly, it wouldn’t be fair to judge the tablet without any hands-on experience but I guess this is one example of the hype being bigger than the product itself. I guess only time will tell.
The Fusion Garage Grid10 will go up for pre-order today, and will ship out to customers on September 15th. JooJoo owners will be able to get the Grid10 for free, while the WiFi version will go on sale for $499 and the WiFi + 3G model will set you back $599. Head over to the official website for more details about the tablet.
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