With a screen size halfway between a smartphone’s and tablet’s, the ICE Smart Media Player is Latte Communications latest addition to the very short list of devices filling the gap between smartphone and tablet worlds.

Although the manufacturer’s name does not ring a loud bell in most people’s ears, the device’s sale price just might catch your eye. Latte Communications has slashed the ICE Smart Media Player’s original price of US$250 down to US$190.

Said to be the “first Android-based 5-inch full-HD media player in the market,” the ICE Smart Media Player carries a display size that makes it a device that can’t seem to make up its mind about whether it’s a smartphone or a tablet–pretty much like the Dell Streak 5, or the rumored upcoming Samsung Galaxy Q.

On the one hand, it’s not big enough to be considered a “standard” tablet, whose screen size seems to start at the 7-inch mark. On the other hand, it’s too big enough to be considered a smartphone. Besides, it is incapable of making phone calls–so, function-wise, it’s not even a smartphone.

We find its screen size rather fascinating, actually, because it is unusual and only very few bold companies have ventured into a market for 5-inch-screen devices.

The ICE Smart Media Player boasts of the following specs:

  • 800-MHz Telechips 8903 ARM11 processor
  • 256 MB RAM
  • inbuilt 3D accelerator capable of Full HD 1080p playback
  • 800×480-pixel resistive touchscreen display supporting dual touch gestures
  • 8 GB inbuilt storage
  • microSD card expansion slot (up to 32 GB)
  • Mini HDMI port
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
  • G-sensor
  • 2,200 mAh Li-polymer battery
  • internal speaker and mic
  • support for USB On-the-Go (enables device-to-device USB connections without having to use a PC)
  • support for USB peripherals (e.g., keyboard, mouse)

Although we feel that the specs aren’t really that grand as we’d like them to be, we do find two things about the ICE Smart Media Player that’s grand and awesome: it runs Android and its OS version is Android 2.3 Gingerbread. (I’m suspecting that the “Smart” in the handset’s name is “Smartphone” with the “phone” part cut away. But, at least, the “smart” part is retained–and the chief reason for its smartness is, of course, Android.)

The ICE Smart Media Player’s size makes it a mini tablet just slightly bigger than a smartphone–minus phone-calling, GPS, or 3G/4G powers–with enough muscle for multimedia playback, photo viewing, e-reading, and gaming.

Any takers for this Android multimedia player?