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Velocity Micro announces two Android 4.0 tablets debuting at the 2012 CES!

January 4, 2012 | by Adrian Diaconescu

Android News, Tablets


The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the only smartphone to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich right now, but other gadgets are expected to be released with the new version of the OS or to be updated in the near future.

Surprisingly enough, two of the first tablets that are set to run Android 4.0 will not come from a big name in the industry, but rather from a more ‘’modest’’ manufacturer, at least in terms of brand recognition.

We are talking about Velocity Micro, a US-based technology company which has unveiled two slates, ready to debut at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The first of the two is a budget 7-incher, sporting a capacitive touchscreen and being powered by a 1.2 GHz Cortex A8 processor. The Cruz Tablet T507 features 512 MB of RAM, an ARM Mali 400 MHz 3D graphics accelerator, as well as a front-facing camera, HDMI and 8 GB of internal storage space.

There’s no word on pricing yet and we don’t know if it will come with a microSD card slot either (it should, considering it only features 8 GB of internal memory), but the guys at Velocity Micro have said the magic words (‘’affordable’’ and ‘’budget conscious users’’), so there’s some reason for optimism…

The second slate is advertised as an ‘’ultra-thin 10-incher at a remarkable price’’. Sporting a 9.7-inch capacitive touch screen, the Cruz T510 looks almost exactly as its smaller sibling and comes with basically the same hardware under its hood.

Once again, we have to notice the ‘’remarkable price’’ marketing gimmick, used by the Velocity Micro advertising team, which makes us hope and dream for an affordable and snappy(-ish) Android 4.0 tablet.

On the other hand, I’m not sure if I would be tempted to go for either of these two tablets, even though I desperately want an Android 4.0 slate with a fair price, considering the fact that the company behind their making is almost unknown to me. What about you? Would you go for a Velocity Micro tablet running Ice Cream Sandwich? And if so, what would be the correct price tag for such a gadget, in your opinion…?