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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.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.