You may or may not remember the Joojoo tablet, a UNIX-based OS tablet that was released last year by a company called Fusion Garage. The Joojoo didn’t do so hot, and was discontinued in November of 2011 after just being released that February. Now Fusion Garage is back with a new offering in the Grid 10 tablet. There has actually been months of teasing (see Engadget article) about the existence of the new OS and devices – just nobody knew who TabCo (false name that Fusion Garage was using) was, exactly.
The Grid 10 tablet runs Fusion Garage’s Grid operating system, which is based on the Android kernel. The Grid OS will support newer Android apps but not old ones, though we’re not sure exactly how new the app has to be. It will also utilize a Fusion Garage-specific app store called Grid Shop. Among other departures from Android, it will come with Bing support instead of Google – Company head Chandra Rathakrishnan believes Bing is the better of the two search engines. The Grid operating system also offers what the company calls a “Chromeless browsing experience,” which optionally removes Google’s browser from the web experience.
The tablet itself is a 10-inch tablet with a super-high resolution of 1366×768. It packs an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor clocked at 1.2Ghz, has a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, 16GB of storage, Bluetooth 2.1, 3.5mm headphone jack, and a microSD slot. The Gid 10 measures at just .37 inches and comes equipped with a 5800mAh battery. The tablet will run $499 for WiFi-only and $599 for the 3G model. You can pre-order it now over on Amazon, with shipping expected to begin on September 15th.
In addition to the Grid 10 tablet, Fusion Garage also unveiled the Grid 4 – a handset that also runs the Grid OS. The handset measures in at four-inches, packs a Qualcom MSM8255 dual-core processor, 16GB of memory, and an 800×400 resolution. The phone will run $399 unlocked. It will begin shipping in Q4, with carriers announced closer to that date.
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