Boutique system builder Velocity Micro has begun taking pre-orders for its upcoming Cruz Reader ($200) and Cruz Tablet ($300) products on Borders.com, Newegg.com, and CruzReader.com.
"We've spent nearly one year designing and refining the Cruz Reader to make it both remarkable and affordable," said Randy Copeland, President and CEO of Velocity Micro. "We're excited to see that hard work coming to fruition. We know the marketplace will be as well, due to the tremendous interest and support we have received from our customers and numerous retail partners. We've combined the color screen and functionality of a tablet with the affordability and portability of an e-reader, which is exactly what the market is craving."
Both the Cruz Reader and Tablet sport a 7-inch color touchscreen display. The Reader also includes adjustable font sizes; music, video, and Web browsing capabilities; a docking station; Android interface; 4GB bundled SD card (265MB onboard RAM); and up to 10 hours of battery life.
The Tablet ups the ante with a capacitive touchscreen; 8GB bundled SD card (4GB internal storage and 512MB RAM); and the ability to download apps. Battery life is rated at up to 8 hours, or 36+ in standby.
Look for the Cruz Reader to ship in "early September" (Borders has the date listed as September 30) and the Cruz Tablet in mid-October.