Fusion Garage Cuts Tablet Price Before Shipping It

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Singapore - Fusion Garage, which pulled its

first tablet

from the market last year, has postponed availability of its

successor tablet

by two weeks to Oct. 1 and reduced its price to $299 from an initial $499 for the Wi-Fi-equipped model.

The Grid 10, which features an Android-based but proprietary Grid OS, has been re-priced because the company was able to "negotiate better supply chain pricing from its manufacturing partner," a spokesperson said. Fusion Garage said it had hoped to announce the $299 Grid10 pricing when the product was unveiled on Aug. 15.

Availability has been postponed from Sept. 15 to Oct. 1, the company said, because of new criteria in the Adobe Flash Player 10.3 approval process, called DCTS testing. "Grid10 had to be resubmitted for testing to meet new Adobe requirements," the company said, "our original slot in the DCTS approval queue was eliminated, and we had to resubmit and obtain a new testing schedule."

The compay also reduced the price of the Wi-Fi+3G version of the tablet to $399 from $599. It's equipped with with quadband GSM/HSPA 3G technology.

The tablet's Grid OS is built on the Android OS kernel but is designed to differentiate itself from what the company called the "sameness" of Android tablets and phones. On its 10.1-inch screen, the user interface is completely different from its full-Android counterparts, the company said. The OS organizes apps and content on an "endless grid," is free of hard buttons, and uses swipes and a virtual scroll wheel to navigate through functions. It will download standard Android apps from Amazon's app store and, from Fusion Garage's web store, apps written with Fusion Garage's application programming interface (API).

The Grid 10 has been available for preordering at Amazon.com and Fusion Garage's website. Consumers who preordered will be compensated for the price adjustment, the company said.

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