We can’t tell you about the in-use experience yet because iConsole Micro won’t be shipping until the summer but we can at least show you the hardware and give you a 30-minute interview with Christopher Price, the CEO of Console Inc.
iConsole Micro is based on an Intel Compute Stick and has the Intel Atom quad-core CPU inside. Basically, if you took one of the 8-inch Windows tablets and pulled the screen, battery and speakers out you’d be left with what’s inside the iConsole Micro. It won’t be running Windows out of the box because Console Inc. is focused on bringing Android 5.0 with optimisations to it. Optimisations include anti-virus and features for keyboard and mouse. The platform isn’t Google Play approved yet so you should expect to see an Amazon store on the finished product but let’s hope this baby proves popular enough that Google gives it some attention. Why not?
There’s no locked bootloader on iConsole Micro so you’ll be able to experiment and I expect a large number of early owners will do just that. If you’re interested you’ll be able to order from the end of March.
Our unboxing and interview videos are below.