There is one more player that is betting big on Tablet PCs. And the Tablet that Richmond USA based company Velocity Micro believes will bring them the riches is the CruzTablet and CruzReader. As has become the norm that precede the release of every tablet or slate pc, there isn’t much official information available as regards the two slates though what we do know is that both the slates will run Android 2.1 and will have 7-inch capacitive multitouch screens. Also, both the tablets will have a 800MHz processor and will be compatible with Adobe Flash.
The CruzReader at $199.99 is more affordable of the two and shares the same case and 7-inch color touchscreen as the CruzTablet. Apart from that, there’s a headphone, speaker, mic and USB port. The tablet will support video playback and will come with web browser, accelerometer and a user replaceable speaker. An SD card slot will allow you to increase memory further while the open portal content app store will let you have e-books and apps of your choice in the most hassle free manner. The tablet, measuring 7.5 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches will score high on portability as well.
The CruzTablet is more pricey at $299.99 though has quite a few goodies to justify the higher cost. Apart from the features present in the CruzReader like the same e-Reader, web browser, accelerometer, video playback capability and port capacity, CruzTablet will support multitasking and will also have a 2MP front-facing web camera. The Border’s and Kobo Book Reader app will come integrated into the CruzTablet so that you can download e-books and other content from the Kobo marketplace. That’s not all for there’s also a built-in dictionary, notepad, calendar, and alarm clock. And lastly, the CruzTablet also includes a mini dock that will let you charge the device while also doubling up as a picture frame. Both the Tablet PCs are likely to be available from the third quarter of this year.
And if you thought the story ends here, you’re for a nice surprise as the company also has plans of launching a color e-reader solely for kids. Christened the Cruz StoryBook, the unique e-reader will boast of a simple design and a custom UI along with easy to operate buttons. Unfortunately, that’s all that is known of the Cruz StoryBook as of now and more details are awaited.
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