Having laid my hands (briefly) on their Ultra tablet at CES, I can attest that ICD designs very sleek tablets and their new Gemini, shown off by Engadget, appears no different. However, after reading about design after design from ICD, I have to ask, when is anyone going to be able to buy one of these things?
The Gemini sports a host of features, some clearly meant to one-up the iPad. They include voice-capable 3G, swappable 40Whr battery, accelerometer, magnometer (compass), SD card slot, FM radio, GPS, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth, MicroUSB connectivity to PCs and USB peripherals, stereo speakers, 2mp front-facing webcam, 5 mp rear camera, and resistive or capacitive multitouch 11.2″ 1366 x 768 display, all powered by Tegra 2 and Android. Impressive, though pretty much a bigger version of their Ultra or smaller version of their Vega.
But at the end of the day, does it really matter what’s in it if you can’t get one? Tracking through the archive, I found our first mention of the ICD Ultra from June of last year. I understand they’re waiting on Tegra 2, which may or may not be delayed, but not even a vendor announcement? Tegra 2 could make the Gemini 10x as fast as the iPad, but it won’t matter if people can’t buy it.