I scream you scream we all scream for… Ice Screen?
Android powers smartphones, tablets, media players and now, even cameras. Today, it took one more step into our living rooms with the introduction of Tencent and TCL Multimedia’s new Ice Screen, a 26-inch Android-powered TV. Technically you can turn any TV into an Android-powered TV using an HDMI-out cable from a smartphone or tablet, but the Ice Screen doesn’t require any of that.
The two firms say that the screen is “portable,” although that’s pretty much up to debate since I wouldn’t want to lug this thing around. Still, it offers high-definition video playback, a video player and music & photo album applications and can also run Android games. As one would expect from any “smart TV,” it also offers Internet connectivity. Tencent, a huge Internet portal in China, is also providing its QQ Video, QQ Album, QQ Music, QQ Messenger and QQ Game applications on board, although there’s no word of full access to Google Play. TCL and Tencent tout the “smart cloud” throughout the press release, but neither firm actually details what exactly the TV can access from the cloud besides applications.
The television can be easily rotated between landscape and portrait mode, depending on the use case scenario, and packs a pretty hefty feature set for a TV. It includes a 1GHz dual-core Cortex A9 processor, 4GB of RAM, memory card support up to 32GB capacities, HDMI, a 3.5mm headphone jack, Wi-Fi, two USB ports and an IR remote. However, any other Android device, such as a tablet or a smartphone, running Android 2.2 or newer can also be used to control the television.
The TV is set to launch on September 3 for about $315. I kind of want one, just to see what it’s like, but I guess it’s just easier to stick to using an HDMI cable for now. Plus, other competing smart TVs from the likes of Samsung already provide dozens of applications and DLNA connectivity.