Velocity Micro has announced two new Android tablets with features and cost in mind. Designed to be the "fastest, most feature laden tablets on the market for under $300", the T408 and T410 share a common set of specs, with only the form factor, size, and price differing between the two. The shared specs are:
- "Ultra responsive" capacitive touch screens
- 1GHz Cortex A8 processors
- Front facing cameras
- 802.11n Wifi-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 T408 has an 8-inch screen with a 4:3 aspect ratio, and will retail for $239, while the T410 packs a 10-inch 16:9 aspect ratio screen and retails for $299. It appears that neither of these tablets will have the Android Market or any of Google's closed source applications, which puts them squarely at odds with the $199 Kindle Fire. But Velocity Micro does make solid electronic toys, and as they mention, offer up great customer support. We'll reserve any judgment until we have a closer look. Both models should be available at major electronics retailers in the US right now. Hit the break for a video, and for more information head to the Velocity Micro Cruz website.
Update: Velocity Micro has contacted us and let us know that since the release they have changed the price for the 8-inch T408 tablet, which now retails for $199. Excellent news!