Jan 04 AT 11:34 AM Sean Riley 33 Comments

Velocity Micro Cruz tablets will let you bring Android 4.0 home on a budget

Vecolity Micro Cruz Tablets T507 and T510

Velocity Micro is hardly new to the Android tablet game, but I’m guessing many of you haven’t heard of them and that they probably weren’t at the top of anyone’s holiday wish list.

Their tablets are targeted at the low end of the market and typically that has meant extremely questionable specs and an outdated version of Android. But it looks like Velocity Micro has resolved to turn at least some of that around in the new year, as the two tablets they are preparing to demo at CES actually sound fairly respectable.

Now to be clear, they aren’t going to be going toe to toe with the Transformer Prime or one of Samsung’s lineup, but they may now be worth consideration for someone who wants to get a taste of the tablet experience without going into debt.

Cruz Tablet T507

  • 7-inch Capacitive screen
  • 1.2 Ghz Cortex A8 Processor
  • 400Mhz ARM Mali GPU
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 8 GB Internal Storage
  • Front-facing camera
  • HDMI out
Cruz Tablet T510
  • 9.7-inch Capacitive screen
  • 8.9mm Thick
  • 1.2 GHz Cortex A8 Processor
  • 400Mhz ARM Mali GPU
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 8 GB Internal Storage
  • Front-facing camera
  • HDMI out

For budget tablets those specs actually stack up pretty well. Especially when you hear that the 7-inch model is projected to sell for just $150 (no word on pricing for the 10-inch model). The other good news is that Velocity Micro has indicated that both tablets will launch with Android 4.0, which is a huge step up from what we were seeing out of budget lines last year; they’d frequently launch and languish on Android 2.1 or 2.2.

On the downside, the tablets don’t come with the Android Market or Google apps. They do however have the Amazon Appstore installed, which is certainly growing into a fairly respectable collection and with the success of the Kindle Fire should probably see even more interest from developers this year. The other caveat is that Velocity Micro was silent on the screen resolutions, which may not bode well. We’ll certainly follow up when we get our hands on with them at CES next week.

So while these aren’t exactly the sexy super tablets that normally get you guys and gals drooling, I’m definitely encouraged that we could see some devices in the budget space this year that will leave new Android users with a positive impression of the OS when/if they decide to move up to a more fully featured tablet later on.

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 4 years and covering mobile for the last 5. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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