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ICD (Innovative Converged Devices) Gemini tablet
Last Updated: April 8th, 2010

Engadget's Vlad Savov just announced a new Android tablet called Gemini by ICD (Innovative Converged Devices), seemingly out of nowhere - Google searches do not bring up anything but Engadget's own post - it looks like they have an exclusive here. I hate using the term "###### killer", so I will not be calling it an iPad killer. However, it is going to give Apple a run for its money.

ICD Gemini Tablet

Gemini has beautiful 11.2" screen, compared to iPad's 9.7" - a whole 1.5" larger diagonally. This gives us 8.38 square inches of extra viewing space to ogle at.

But this is just the beginning. Gemini specs include:

  • an ultra-fast dual core nVidia Tegra 2 1GHz CPU
  • a 3G connection with voice, SMS, and MMS support
  • 2 cameras - 5MP autofocus on the back and 2MP fixed focus on the front - hey, that's way more than even my desktop's webcam has!
  • a GPS - the iPad doesn't have any
  • a user replaceable 40Wh battery compared to iPad's 25Wh one
  • an SD card reader
  • support for playing 1080P video
  • a promise to support Adobe Flash which is not too shocking considering this is an Android platform
  • dual speakers AND dual microphones for noise cancellation
  • FM radio
  • USB ports - iPad doesn't even have any
  • a 1366 x 768 pixel resolution
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, infrared
  • Android (of course, why else would we talk about it here?)
  • 11.8" x 7.5" x 6" dimensions

There is no word yet on Gemini's pricing and availability but, for its own good, ICD better work double shifts to push it out ASAP, before the device is made obsolete by other products, such as a new version of the iPad. We all don't want to witness the Sony Xperia X10 fiasco again with ICD, would we? The X10, revolutionary and exciting at the time of its announcement, took so many months to see the light of day (we're still counting them) that by the time it is released, it will just be an average Android phone.

ICD

ICD is a small technology company with presence in both UK and US. Its own ambitious goals are surely very reminiscent of Apple's:

We design technology. We create purposeful products driven by user centric design principles using the latest hardware and software technologies available. Our products are optimized for usability, aesthetics, technology and purpose. We specialize in NVIDIA chipset technologies running Google and Windows OS. We have basic goals:

Simplify. Innovate. Impress.

ICD manufactures tablets and mobile devices and distributes them (or at least plans to) with the help of T-Mobile. Its previously announced products include Vega (Engadget preview), Ultra, and a whole series of Velocity WinMo phones.

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ICD (Innovative Converged Devices) Gemini tablet

ICD (Innovative Converged Devices) Gemini tablet

ICD (Innovative Converged Devices) Gemini tablet

ICD (Innovative Converged Devices) Gemini tablet

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Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • Jake

    This thing looks sweeet. iPad killer or not but if it came out now I would totally get it.

  • Patrick

    Actually, I didn't quite want to believe that it was 31 sqin more screen real estate, so I did the math myself, and you're actually short. It's actually over 42.5 sqin more screen real estate. (Remember, the iPad is is a 4:3 standard screen, and this device is claiming to be 16:9 widescreen.) The iPad has a little over 45 sqin, and if this is to be believed, then this is nearly 88 sqin of screen.

    While it sounds impressive, I doubt any Android device will ever gain as much traction or market penetration as any Apple device. (Which is a shame, but if others can take this paradigm shift in computing and run with it, then this is the new computing revolution!)

    Also, there is an error in the comparison chart: the iPad actually has 256MB of RAM. It may be built into the SoC, but it is set at 256.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Patrick, you're right - thank you for the correction. I did the right calculations and got an 8.38 sqin difference. Does that sound more correct?

      The iPad comparison chart, courtesy of Engadget, is actually missing the RAM value altogether. Judging by other little omissions and mistakes, I suppose they compiled it too hastily to publish the article.

      I don't think any single Android device will challenge a single Apple device any time soon but the key here is that it doesn't have to - the collective of these devices will catch up to Apple eventually. Android is already growing very rapidly, and Apple is actually losing market share. The next 2-3 years will really show us who is the boss.

      Thank you again for pointing out my obvious blunder.

  • Amy Truong

    Well done Artem, good timing to write this post! I had to check out your site since Thaya has been saying how cool it was. It's highly informative and I'm overwhelmed by all the great info. I totally dig the tweet and rss icon! You sure are totally policing!

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Hi Amy,

      You totally sound like a groupie. Thanks for the exclamation marks!! :-]

  • http://androidtabletpcx.com/ J Preston

    Never heard of it before this. Thanks for the post. ipad killer or not this thing looks sweet

  • Ebika

    where can I get the ICD Gemini?