Fusion Garage iPad 2 Rival To Cost £259

Controversial startup Fusion Garage has proven once more that it wants to become a player in the tablet business by launching a 10-inch device called the Grid 10 in the UK for £259, much cheaper than other branded models like the iPad 2 or the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

The tablet, which comes with a new OS called Grid OS and is based on the Android Kernel, has a novel user interface that may or may not prove to be its saviour.

It boosts a 10.1-inch 1366x768 pixels capacitive touchscreen display, an Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC clocked at 1GHz, 512MB RAM and 16GB onboard storage with a microSD card slot on top.

As expected, it doesn't have access to the official Google Android market and the Amazon Appstore (which is not yet available outside the US).

A 3G version will be available shortly for around £359. It would be unwise to think that the Fusion Garage is going to be an outright best seller.

The facts that it doesn't run Android, that it comes just as new tablets are about to enter the market and that it is unlikely to be widely available mean that it would almost certainly need a miracle in order not to disappear like the TouchPad.