Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/01/08/vega_icd/

T-Mobile prescribes hub tablet for UK families

Like a Joggler, but bigger

By James Sherwood

Posted in Mobile, 8th January 2010 12:47 GMT

More concrete details about the Android-based Vega touchscreen tablet have emerged, with T-Mobile set to sell the gadget into Blighty later this year.

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ICD's Vega: an Android droid to organise family life

First seen in November last year, Vega will probably go head-to-head with O2’s web-connected Joggler – reviewed here - as a “family hub tablet”.

Vega is primarily designed for use in the family kitchen, but its maker Innovate Converged Devices has not said if the unit has a splash-proof screen and body. The Vega can be be removed from the docking station and used wirelessly around the home.

The gadget’s 15in touchscreen display makes the Joggler’s 7in display look positively puny, though the two do share some functionality similarities. Vega, much like the Joggler, offers one-touch access to a household calendar, can be accessed remotely over a wireless connection and be set to automatically send SMS alerts to mobile phones.

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Vega's screen is good for 1080p video playback

Does Little Jimmy always forget football practice on Monday nights? Not any more he won’t, or at least that’s the idea of Vega.

The gadget will ship with a T-Mobile SIM card, so you can make hands-free calls at the touch of a button. Vega is also set-up for 1080p video playback, Wi-Fi web browsing, on-demand TV, video chat, games and FM radio.

Vega is powered by a Nvidia Tegra 250 mobile web processor and, as previously reported, is expected to run version 2.0 of Google’s Android OS.

T-Mobile will release Vega’s price closer to the launch date. ®