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Fusion Garage already dropping Grid 10 price to $299

updated 02:20 pm EDT, Mon September 12, 2011

Accepting US orders, but ship date slips to Oct.

Last month, Fusion Garage outed its Grid 10 tablet. The device was supposed to ship September 15, and carry prices of $499 for a Wi-Fi version and $599 for 3G. The company is now accepting orders for the US for the 10.1-inch tablet, but with an expected October 1 ship date and prices of $299 and $399 respectively.

The Grid 10 incorporates an NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core 1GHz processor. The 10.1-inch display is a dense 1366x768 touchscreen. It sports a single 1.3-megapixel front facing camera.

The Grid 10 runs on Garage Fusion's GridOS. Built upon the Android core kernel, The company claims the OS incorporates a unique animation engine and has a user interface that has been optimized for Websurfing, email, video, music, photos, and home screen navigation. Android apps should run seamlessly on GridOS. An added capability of GridOS is a virtual wheel that appears after a word on page or application is highlighted and tapped. The wheel offers various functions from its spokes, including cut, copy paste, automatic search recommendations, product reviews, online shopping options, Wikipedia entries, or buzz.

The Grid 10 comes to market with some baggage. It initially was known as the JooJoo 2, but that name was dropped after the dismal sales performance of its predecessor bearing the JooJoo moniker, which the company stopped selling after only six months on the market.

The company has not explained why it has lowered its pricing so dramatically even before the Grid 10 hits the market. It could be that the company fears that consumers are not ready to accept yet another tablet OS at a similar price in addition to iOS, Android, Windows 7 and BlackBerry Tablet OS. The company could also be concerned by HP's recent withdrawal from the market with its webOS-based tablets.












By Electronista Staff
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  1. facebook_Rory

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    Hi,

    Rory from the Fusion Garage PR team here! We named our new OS, tablet and smart phone Grid because of the new user interface that will change the way users interact with a tablet in many ways. joojoo was a disappointment to us and the market, and we did not have any plans to name the tablet joojoo2.

    As you mentioned, we recently announced a new price point for Grid10. We had always hoped to bring the Grid10 to market at the $299 price point but it required lengthy negotiations with our ODM partner to achieve this. The fact is you just don’t see this level of innovation at $299. Apple has set the bar on price and performance, and we know we have to be competitive on both. We know we are more than competitive on performance. Now, we are more than competitive on price.

    We're excited to deliver a new and innovative user experience at a price point that allows consumers to have true choice when considering an iPad!

    Best,
    Rory

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