A Dark Horse Emerges in the Tablet Race
ICD Vega Tablet
While fanboys and tech pundits alike have been ferociously covering every whisper of detail surrounding the rumored Apple “Slate” and Microsoft’s Courier, it appears that maker Innovative Converged Devices (ICD) has pulled a fast one in the tablet race. Sporting Nvidia’s Tegra processor chip, the device will undoubtedly be capable of advanced multimedia functionality including HD video and gaming level graphics. Not bad for a device whose existence was introduced via some photo snooping a little over a week ago.
Though, apparently, the company is in the midst of shopping for a major wireless carrier to help introduce the device into the United States, initially released specs show that 3 different models will be available at sizes of 7, 11, and 15 inches. The operating system will also be Google’s Android OS 2.0, meaning a host of useful apps already running on mobile phones should easily transfer to the tablet.
Hardware-wise, the Vega features a resistive touch-screen display which hints that hand writing via stylus should be supported while multi-touch capabilities like pinching to zoom will not. Other specs include:
- 1,366×768 screen (for the 15.6-inch model)
- 512 DDR/512 NAND storage
- 1.3-megapixel Webcam
- MicroSD card slot
- Bluetooth 2.1
- 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi
- USB 2.0 port/s
- 2g/3g data accessible
- Magnetic docking
- Dual microphones
While we’ll hold back our final seal of approval until we can go hands-on, based on what’s been buzzing around models, this tablet looks ready to compete with the best of what’s to come. However we do still reserve the right to be blown away by new devices as their details solidify. Touches like the magnetic dock positioning the tablet photo frame style are particularly eye catching though, as are ICD’s promises that the device will be compatible with “on-demand Web TV” and video chat. A reported 4 hour battery life however, no so much.