Velocity Micro’s Cruz T408 tablet has been made a bit more palatable, as much as a price tag of $2oo signifies. Velocity Micro had launched the tablet with a price tag of $240, which is also the price aginst which pre-orders were being accepted. However, in came the Kindle Fire in between that forced Velocity Micro to rethink its pricing strategy for the T408 tablet PC and all of that culminated to a $40 price cut of the T408 in an effort to make life for the Kinle Fire that much more difficult. As such, the Cruz T408 is in the same league as the growing list of sub $200 priced tablet such as the Kindle Fire, the Lenovo IdeaPad A1 or the ViewSonic ViewPad 7e.
However, the Cruz T408 offering is a bit different from the other sub $200 contenders in that its got an 8 inch display, one whole inch more than the others that are 7 inchers at best. The rest of the specs aren’t that bad either, what with a 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB of internal memory along with Android 2.3 Gingerbread as the operating system. The tablet also features a microSD card slot and 802.11b/g/n WiFI while there also is a front facing webcam to allow for video chats. The Cruz weighs about a pound and comes pre-loaded with a few essential apps such as the Amazon Kindle App, Quick Office, Facebook, Napster, as well as Angry Birds. However, the tablet won’t be carrying the Android Market and users will have to do with the Amazon’s Appstore for Android.
Also, while pre-orders are being accepted since the middle of September with even a price cut announcement in between, there is still no word as to when the tablet can actually be seen in the retail space. What seems pretty certain though is that the company will try to ensure it happens before the mid-Nov schedule that Amazon has set for its Kindle Fire to make its market debut.