Velocity Micro Cruz Q610

Velocity Micro Cruz Q610 tablet impresses with price and CPU, not with screen resolution

The Velocity Micro Q610 is a 10-inch tablet that makes a strong impression with its processor and pricing but disappoints with its subpar resolution. The Android 4.1 tablet, one of two Velocity Micro tablets making a CES 2013 debut, houses a 1.5GHz quad-core Allwinner ARM processor and pricing is said to start around $249.

The tablet comes with the choices of 1GB or 2GB of RAM and 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB storage capacity. Other features include a microSD expansion slot, a 1024x768-pixel-resolution screen, a Micro-USB port, a Mini-HDMI port, a front-facing 0.3-megapixel camera, and a 2-megapixel rear camera. According to Velocity Micro the tablet should be released by the end of the first quarter of this year.

The lackluster resolution of what Velocity Micro calls an "ultrathin" tablet makes it a less promising competitor than other quad-core 10-inch tablets like Google's Nexus 10 or the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700. Velocity Micro tablets aren't usually known for their impressive screens. However, what the Cruz Q610 lacks in screen resolution, it makes up for in affordability. According to Velocity Micro, the Cruz Q610's pricing will start around $249, considerably lower than for the Nexus 10 or Infinity TF700.

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