The curtain has come off the mysterious TabCo and its equally mysterious tablet. At an unveiling today, TabCo revealed itself as a parody company. Tabco is actually Fusion Garage, makers of the ill-fated JooJoo tablet, who are back in the tablet market with the Grid 10.
The Grid 10 has a ten-inch screen with a 1366 x 768 resolution and the tablet is powered by a NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor. The Grid 10 will run the new Grid operating system, which is built off the Android kernel. Fusion Garage CEO Chandrasekar Rathakrishnan stressed during the Grid 10 unveiling that the Grid OS is not just a reskinned version of Android, but rather an entirely new operating system.
A New OS
The defining feature of Grid is the endless grid and cluster-based homescreen. Users have the ability to group app shortcuts according to a users-assigned category. A small grid map in the top-left corner aids in navigation and operates as a shortcut for quick navigation across the homescreen.
Other Grid 10 specs include a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, Bluetooth 2.1, microSD slot, and 16GB of storage.
The Grid 10 will feature Bing integration for search and support third-party Android apps. It will not have access to the Android Market, but will be able to run apps from the Amazon Appstore for Android as well as Fusion Garage’s own Grid Shop. The Grid OS will also feature Grid Desktop, which Fusion Garage claims will copy all desktop media, including iTunes music, to the tablet organized as it was on the host laptop or desktop. Rathakrishnan also claimed the Grid 10 will feature a “Chromeless browser” that features more user-controlled options than Google’s browser.
Fusion Garage also announced the Grid 4 smartphone, which will also run the Grid OS and have sharing features to serve as a complementary device to the Grid 10. The Grid 4 will have a dual-core Qualcomm processor, four-inch display with 800 x 480 resolution, and front- and rear- facing cameras.
Price and Availability
The Grid 10 will ship September 15 and is available for preorder now on Amazon and Fusion Garage. The Grid 10 will cost $499 for the Wi-Fi model and $599 for the Wi-Fi and 3G model. The Grid 4 will ship in Q4 and will cost $399 for an unlocked 16GB model. Fusion Garage claims it will announce carrier availability at a later date.