A company called Innovative Convergent Devices has put info up on their website about a new device called the Vega, which purportedly will be an Android 2.0 powered slate device which will come in your choice of size: 7â€, 11â€ or up to a whooping 15.6â€.
Check the specs (likely subject to change):
- Android OS
- 7/11/15.6â€ resistive touchscreen at 1366×768
- Nvidia Tegra (probably the Tegra 600 or 650, which are both Arm 11)
- 4 hour battery life
- 512MB of RAM
- 512MB of memory (expandable through MicroSD)
- Bluetooth and WiFi b/g
- Options for 2G or 3G data module
- headphone jack and webcam
- dual microphones
And one other thing listed on the spec sheet that is rather odd: 262,000 colors (6-bit) which seems sort of low for a device that claims to be usable for HD content.
The press release on IDC’s site says that the device will be released through â€œTier 1â€ carriers in the US, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East, which should mean that the device will be subsidized. They are also set to show off a demo unit at this year’s CES (Jan 7-10) and hope to launch in the first half of 2010.
There is a lot of talk about the Vega being a â€œno compromiseâ€ product that consumers really want, however, I don’t know about youâ€¦ but I’d call a slate device with no physical keyboard and a resistive touchscreen just that: a compromise. Your thoughts? Let us know in the comments.