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ICD’s Tegra-2 powered Gemini is well spec’d

by editor on Dec.07, 2010, under ICD Gemini

ICD Gemini
Built around the 1GHz Tegra 2 SOC which provides performance/speeds that can beat the apple ipad, the 11.2-inch ICD Gemini should provide a tough competition to comparable tablets. The tablet which will initially run android could support chrome OS later in the year. It can decode 1080p video and the spec sheet reads like a wishlist. Headlined by a 3G connection that allows cellular voice calls, it also includes a user-replaceable long lasting 40Wh battery, an SD card reader, FM radio (a first), GPS, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth, MicroUSB connectivity to PCs and USB peripherals, stereo mic and stereo speakers, and dual webcams – a 2 megapixel front-facing unit for videoconferencing, and a 5 megapixel autofocusing snapper on the back.

ICD Gemini

Multitouch displays will be available in both resistive and capacitive flavors, with the 1,366 x 768 resolution being filled by Google’s snappy Android OS. Oh, and did we mention it will run Flash?

Its said to be “Blisteringly fast,” according to Stuff.tv. Why? Here’s a knol on Tegra. The ICD Gemini which was expected to hit the shelves in August once carrier deals were signed has not yet been launched.

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Notion Ink Adam – A smart tablet with PixQi

by editor on Apr.17, 2010, under NotionInk Adam

NotionInk AdamWe have already seen a bunch of mockups on the Notion Ink Adam, the sleek android tablet developed in India has finally been announced for release!

The Notion Ink Adam tablet is based on the NVIDIA Tegra, T20 chipset supporting 1080p Full HD video playback. It has integrated WiFi, Bluetooth and UMTS/HSDPA and uses the Pixel Qi 3Q transflective display. It also has a 3-megapixel camera with a patented swivel action, so you can use the Adam for video calling. On the back there’s a trackpad used for navigating without leaving smudges on the display, similar to the motorola backflip. The tablet weighs 1.71lbs and would be available in 12.9mm and 11.6mm thick versions. It will use the regular Android UI (gesture support) and will be capable of running Flash.


The Notion Ink folks are fully aware that the Adam would need an enthusiastic developer community that needs to back the Adam with quality apps. Which is why they are planning a developer challenge that will have a $1 million prize money for the winner. Now, that is bound to attract some attention!

One of the features of the PixelQi display is that its easy on the eyes – the tablet can be used as an ebook reader as well, but we havent heard any announcements from NotionInk on starting their own ebook service, though they confirmed working with various content producers – including some big-name blogs – to “reinvent” magazines and newspapers.

Notion Ink CEO Rohan Shravan reckons the Adam will run for 2-3 times longer than the iPad, thanks to the Tegra chip and the low-power Pixel Qi display. Using Tegra 2 will last for around 16 hours of Full HD video with a standard 3-cell battery, and Rohan says that, because their display uses just 0.2W in its electrophoretic reflective mode, with that 3-cell battery you’ll potentially see up to a breathtaking 160 hours use.

The specs are awesome, but the only reason we think we might not see this device too soon is the fact that the team consists only of developers fresh out of college with no product experience, and a missing marketing team. Not to mention, there are no Android apps optimized for this screen size. Follow them on twitter: http://twitter.com/NotionInkAdam

The NotionInk tablet is expected to be available in Q4 2010 at http://www.notionink.in

Update [September 25th]: NotionInk has updated its website to suggest their first factory release should be around October 6th. The updated blog describes the design for each of the components of the Adam tablet and wants to involve users to help them choose colours for the final hardware.

Update [Dec 3]: We are weeks away from the Notion Ink’s release. Follow us to get the latest on NotionInk!

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Microsoft Courier tablet #fail

by editor on Mar.05, 2010, under Microsoft Courier Tab

Some specifications and images of the eagerly awaited Microsoft Courier tablet have been released. It is a device that is currently expected to launch sometime in the second half of 2010, at a unknown price, and will give stiff competition to the iPad and Kindle.

The Courier is a tablet that has also been called a digital journal and an e-book reader, and looks like it will be powered by a Tegra 2 processor, and feature an OS based on the Zune HD and Windows Mobile 7 series OSes. The device will weigh approximately 500 gms and measure about 5”x7”x1” when closed, and has a pen-based interface with handwriting and drawing recognition, apart from offering native e-book reader functionality. The Courier will also support media playback, and have a built-in camera. The open-to-use, two-screen interface looks good, and will be especially for readers of e-book and e-magazines. The device will also have potential for gaming. The video below (gizmodo) shows the potential for such a device.

We’ll let you know more news and updates about the Microsoft Courier as they happen.

Image courtesy: Engadget.com

Update: Microsoft has cancelled the courier tablet.
According to Microsoft Corporate VP of Communications Frank Shaw:

“At any given time, we’re looking at new ideas, investigating, testing, incubating them. It’s in our DNA to develop new form factors and natural user interfaces to foster productivity and creativity. The Courier project is an example of this type of effort. It will be evaluated for use in future offerings, but we have no plans to build such a device at this time.”

Microsoft Courier tablet #fail.
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