The first tablet from Fusion Garage running the new GridOS software was scheduled to start shipping this week. But just a few days before launch the company has dropped about $200 off the price tag and the ship date has been pushed a few weeks until October 1st.
On Monday the company said the WiFi and 3G versions of the Android-based tablet will sell for $299 and $399, respectively — originally, it was set to debut on September 15 for $499 with Wi-Fi or $599 with Wi-Fi and 3G.
The Grid 10 generated plenty of positive feedback when reviewers got to handle it earlier this year. Hardware-wise, the Grid 10 is pretty standard tablet fare: a 1GHz Tegra 2 processor, 512MB RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 10.1-inch 1366×768 display with four-point multitouch input, a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, microSD expansion, and a 5300mAh battery (not quite up to snuff with top-end tablets like the Xoom and Galaxy Tab 10.1).
According to the company, the Grid10’s delay is due to “new criteria in Adobe[‘s] Flash Player 10.3 approval process.”
In a video message (below) posted on the company’s blog, founder and CEO Chandra Rathakrishnan said the price drop was the result of “lengthy negotiations with our ODM partner.”