Hewlett-Packard announced an all-in-one PC running Android 4.2.2 on a quad-core 1.8GHz Nvidia Tegra 4 SoC. The HP Slate 21 AiO consists of a jumbo 21.5-inch IPS HD touchscreen tablet along, with a plug-in keyboard and mouse.
The Slate 21 emerged on the web in late April, shortly after HP announced its first Android-powered tablet, the $170 HP Slate 7. While the dual-core 1.6GHz Slate 7 is aimed primarily at U.S. vendors, the HP Slate 21 was announced by HP in Beijing, according to CNET Asia, suggesting an Asian focus. No pricing or availability information was provided, however.
HP’s Slate 21 AiO is a 21-inch touchscreen PC
(click images to enlarge; source: HP via CNET)
The event also showed off the 10.1-inch, Android-powered HP Slatebook x2, which HP announced last month. Like the HP Slatebook x2, which HP plans to ship in the U.S. in August for $480, the Slate 21 runs Android 4.2.2 on the new, Cortex-A15-powered, quad-core Tegra 4 system-on-chip, clocked at 1.8GHz. Unlike the convertible-style Slatebook 2, the Slate 21 offers a separate keyboard and mouse.
The Slate 21′s 21.5-inch IPS HD touchscreen offers 10-point touch support, and can be used as a mobile tablet or can be propped up on a stand for a PC-like effect. Other Slate 21 features include dual speakers with a DTS Digital Theater Systems, an HP TrueVision HD webcam, and Wireless Direct wireless printing technology. No other details were provided.
The Slate 21 joins the 21.5-inch Acer N3-220 AiO system, announced earlier this month at Computex in Taiwan. The Acer N3-220 all-in-one PC runs Android 4.2.2 on the previous-generation 1.6GHz Tegra 3 processor, and offers 1920 x 1080 resolution. Acer’s system is expected to be offered in the U.S. under its Gateway brand in September or October. Pricing is still unavailable.
Google has never pushed Android as a notebook or PC OS, preferring that users instead adopt its Linux-based Chrome OS. Although ChromeBooks are finally selling well, and should do even better with Google’s expansion to Walmart, Chrome OS still lacks touch support or Android’s vast app selection. With Windows 8 tablets continuing to underperform, more vendors can be expected to try out Android as a low-cost PC option, passing along some of the savings from not paying Microsoft licensing fees to consumers.
HP has long been intrigued with the idea of using lightweight operating systems on PCs as alternatives or cohabitants with Windows. A few years ago, HP considered offering its mobile, Linux-based WebOS platform as an alternative lightweight OS for PCs. However, it soon gave up on WebOS, releasing the project to the wild as an open source OpenWebOS project and then selling the proprietary WebOS code to LG, which plans to use it for digital TVs.